The “Egg” that challenged the Scuderia

1950 Ferrari 166 MM / 212 Export “Uovo” by Fontana

With a family fortune from the textile industry at his disposal, Giannino Marzotto wasn’t afraid to confront Enzo Ferrari about the quality of his racing cars. Describing Ferraris of the day as heavy and aerodynamically inefficient, Marzotto, a young but accomplished racer who’d won four major events in 1950, enlisted the help of designer Sergio Reggiani and Carrozzeria Fontana to create a unique coupe, nicknamed l’Uovo (the Egg), meant to best the finest cars that Maranello could produce.  In August, the 1950 Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export “Uovo” by Fontana heads to auction as a featured lot in RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale.