Friday, April 7, 2017

Ferrari 70th Anniversary

The original Ferrari, the 125S. It had a 12-cylinder engine that produced 118 bhp at 6,800 rpm with a compression ratio of 9.5:1. It was a single overhead camshaft design with 2 valves per cylinder and three double-choke Weber 30DCF carburettors. It raced on the track at Piacenza in 1947 before winning the Rome Grand Prix later that year, completing the 85-mile race at speeds averaging 55 miles per hour.
The Ferrari Thomassima II is extremely rare; only three were made, and only Thomassima II and III remain. Thomassima I was destroyed in a flood, and Thomassima III is at the factory Ferrari Museum in Modena, Italy. This privately owned Thomassima II, in northern California, was commissioned in 1966 as an homage to the Ferrari 330 P4, with a rare Ferrari 250-plug, V12 engine.
British comic actor Peter Sellers and his wife, Swedish actress Britt Ekland, inspect a 400-horsepower Ferrari 500 Superfast coupe in October 1965. Sellers had just bought the car for £11,500 in London. Ferrari built the V12 Superfast series from 1964 to 1966 and will resurrect it in 2017. Only 25 were made in the first series; 12 in the second.
A 1965 Ferrari Tipo 410 Superamerica. The two-door coupe had a top speed near 180mph and a zero to 60mph time just over four seconds. Like most Ferraris, it came in extremely limited numbers: Fewer than 100. It had the customary Ferrari V12 engine and bodywork by Pininfarina.
Drummer Keith Moon of British rock group the Who poses with his daughter, Amanda, and some of the cars in his collection in October 1972. Moon is sitting on a damaged Ferrari Dino. Ferrari used the name "Dino" to denote any mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports cars produced from 1968 to 1976 that had fewer than 12 cylinders under the hood.