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This is the first ever built. Proving they were ‘in Enzo Ferrari held a on March 12, 1947. Then, demonstrated the car, much to the of the automotive press, as a rolling On May 25, 1947, this car had become a roadster, looking as it does

It was driven into the beginning of by Franco Cortese, to win Ferrari’s race at the Grand Prix of It went on to a continued successful racing season. The car was renumbered 01C to 0101 for 1948, receiving an upgrade to 166 and a lighter Corsa suitable for many types of

It could be run with or without and its separate headlights. With body, this car continued to win in 1950. (Not to lose any the second body had been on a rolling buck.) Now, car is restored to its original 1947 — done by Italian who do special projects for the Ferrari

Enzo Ferrari — The

Enzo Ferrari was born in and raised in Modena, Italy. He in the Italian Army during War I as a mule-skinner. After a widespread flu outbreak, in which Enzo was he was discharged from service. his return home, he searched for at Fiat but was turned away. he was given a job at a smaller car company CMN where he redesigned used bodies into small, cars.

By 1919, he had joined the CMN team, but he had little success.

He with CMN for only a short leaving in 1920 to work for Romeo. He began racing cars in local races and drove them to podium

The history of the Prancing Horse which has adorned nearly vehicle that has left the factory and has become a symbol for elegance, and superior performance, back to 1923. Enzo the badge which had decorated the of Francesco Baracca’s SPAD Barracca had been Italy’s ace during World War I. It would be ten years later before the would be applied to a racing

Enzo had much success in racing during the mid-1920s; Romeo rewarded his talents by him the chance to race in more races. Surprisingly, Enzo the offer down and retreated racing until 1927. He with Alfa Romeo and in their factory until when he formed the Scuderia as a racing team for Alfa

Within a short amount of the Scuderia Ferrari team forty drivers which Tazio Nuvolari and Giuseppe Enzo himself could be seen behind the wheel. He racing until 1932, the birth of his first son, ‘Dino’ Ferrari.

A year factory support dwindled due to constraints as Alfa withdrew competition. Pirelli stepped in and some support to the team. though the team was filled talented and experienced drivers, were often outclassed by dominate teams of the era, as Mercedes and Auto Union.

Romeo resumed their of the team in 1937 and placed engineering director in control of the This meant a de-motion to as he became the teams Director of Unhappy with the arrangement, soon left the team. His was still binding and did not allow him to for four years.

It also prohibited him from a race car for four years.

Ferrari established the Auto-Avio Company which supplied to other racing teams. In the company produced two cars they entered into the Miglia and driven by Alberto and Lotario Rangoni. The cars had bodies and outfitted with Fiat mechanicals.

During War II, they produced items in of the war effort.

By wars end, was ready to return to racing and to cars bearing his own name. His in Modena had been destroyed the war and he had relocated to Maranello. In 1945, he Ferrari S.p.A.

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racing cars after the war may not been such a wise decision. The war torn Europe had devastated; production of road vehicles was in short supply as had not been produced for many High-end, exotic, sports cars were not high on many peoples lists of In spite of this, Enzo his sights on racing. He approached Jano to persuade him to design his new car, but was unable to secure his

Instead, he found help Gioachino Colombo, whom he had with prior to WWII at Romeo in their racing

Colombo was tasked with a versatile drive train and The engineer responded with of a tubular frame and a 60-degree V12 which was very heavily by his work at Alfa Romeo. and Colombo decided upon a size of 1.5-liters. In this it would be suitable for a sports and with the help of a supercharger, it satisfy Grand Prix

Enzo insisted on matting a gearbox to the engine, instead of the four-speed unit.

At this in history, all Enzo had were as Alfa Romeo was able to Colombo back, leaving without a chief engineer. transformed the designs into drawings and by 1946, the first were cast. A few months engineer Aurelio Lapredi the team and aided with the production. The chassis construction was to Gilco. The suspension was comprised of wishbones with transverse springs in the front and a live axle.

Hydraulic power brakes were used in the front and the rear.

In November of Enzo Ferrari announced three production models. of the models were powered by the V12 engine. These cars dubbed, the ‘125’, in reference to unitary displacement size.

naming policy would with the company for many

The car had been announced near the end of but it would not be until March of before the first example was and powered by its own engine. Testing and followed. Lampredi had stayed the company just long for the car to be completed and once again, the Company was left without an chief engineer.

By May, two were ready for their One of the cars was a fully enclosed the other in spyder configuration cycle fenders. The cars entered in the Circuito di Piacenza on May with Franco Cortese as one of the

The cycle fender car was involved in two and the other suffered engine Two weeks later, at the Grand of Rome on Caracalla, Cortese the 125 S to its first victory for the Ferrari The team would end the season six victories of the 14 races in which were entered.

Throughout the season, the team worked on the vehicle. The displacement size of the engine was increased by enlarging the and …. The result was a 1908cc size; the cars were to 159 to correspond with the unitary

By mid-1957, a third car had been which was a further evolution of the car.

Colombo returned as a to aid with the development of the 159 engine. His resulted in an increase in power helped Raymond Sommer a major victory at the Turin Prix. Worked continued on the continually enhancing its performance and enlarging its displacement size. the nearly 2-liter, 166 engine had created.

This meant it was eligible for competition in many racing classes.

The cycle design of the third car was standardized and the basis for the first production The car that had won at Turin, was given a 166 serial number 002C, and 166 Spyder Corsa. It was sold to a near the close of 1947. For Ferrari constructed seven It was not long before a Ferrari 166 MM was to an overall victory on one of the worlds and most competitive racing the 24 Hours of LeMans.

The car had been by Luigi Chinetti and Lord

The original Colombo designed would become the basis for Ferrari engines for years to

The exact history of the very Ferrari’s is hard to trace. serial numbers were changed as they were for a number of years, rebuilt, and as new cars to customers. Other the cars would be upgraded to specification and the chassis plate be changed to correspond with the It is a common belief that the two Ferrari’s constructed were modified to 166 Spyder Corsa and sold to customers.

A customer sn 010I which housed parts for the first Ferrari, sn Some believed that the was changed into a ‘0’ and the was attached to the end. Upon the customer noticed that of the parts had been used and signs of wear. The factory him a rebate.

The car remained in his possession for a few before being sold to an from England, who outfitted the car a new roadster bodystyle.

In modern many of the original cars been rebuilt to their specification and configuration. This car is one such example. It carries number 010I — many believe to be 01C. The represented Competitzione or Corsa and it is referred to as the Piacenza Roadster. is much evidence to prove belief, yet some remain

It is referred to as a 125 S and made its recent at the 2006 Pebble Beach d’Elegance, though it was not entered for It was shown a few months later at the Island Concours d’Elegance. By it is believed to be the first Ferrari constructed.

The body is simple, yet very There are large grilles in the of the car that aid in cooling of the brakes and The two headlights are built into the in impressive fashion.

The car is in right-hand configuration with two separate protecting the driver and passenger.

For the debate on if this car is the original will continue for many to come.

By Daniel Vaughan | Mar

Ferrari is the most successful in Formula One’s history, but it all rather humbly. Despite an elite, high-profile automaker and team, Ferrari performed unobtrusively in Formula One’s season. Success rarely overnight, but the waiting period is shortened when you have designed a dominant product in to take and build off.

Ferrari and Gioacchino Colombo came into being helping Alfa Romeo to the top of the grand prix world. knowledge and experience would Ferrari be immediately competitive in prix racing, but still not to break the grip the Alfa had in 1950. Though Ferrari well in Formula One’s season, the dominance and the records have to wait.

Ferrari 1950 to tweak their to break Alfa Romeo’s on the championship and to begin the Ferrari/Formula One

Ferrari would turn to its 125 for Formula One’s first Designed in 1949, the 125 was Ferrari’s single-seater designed specifically for prix racing. However, of the internals of the car had been taken the 125S sports racer was designed and built in 1948. The as it became known, closely one of Colombo’s chassis designs—the Romeo 158.

Of course, the 158 had proven itself and obviously have made a good for any team looking to be competitive away and with aspirations for

There were only two options the FIA allowed. Either a chose a supercharged engine a maximum displacement of 1.5 liters, or, the would have to choose a aspirated engine that had a of 4.5 liters. Ferrari decided to go the of Alfa Romeo and used a Roots-type supercharger to boost the of their 1.5 liter V12 engine.

similar to an aircraft fuselage, the 125 of a tube-frame chassis with and cross members to help strength while not gaining too weight. The wide upside-down nose was ever so slightly back and gently sloping. Of the nose was dominated by the radiator to provide cooling for the 1.5 liter V12 was hidden in the long, rounded

Just aft of the radiator inlet was a scoop that protruded the airstream through which air pass and would be able to the supercharger. The addition of the supercharger boost the engine’s horsepower what was around 118hp in the to somewhere around 230hp. By another revision to the engine that boosted power up to 280hp. This was still from where the Alfa 158s were by close to

Still, this boost is made Ferrari competitive And though not alone, at the time, used a five-speed gearbox to their higher-revving V12. teams were utilizing four-speed gearboxes.

On either of the chassis low and behind the front there were two cut-outs the six exhaust pipes exited and into single pipes ran back the length of the car, the rear suspension and out under the of the car. As with the Formula One of today, the Ferrari 125 sported shark-like gills all over the cowling. These gills to help expel the heat by the big V12 by the onward-rushing air creating a vacuum, out the heat built up inside the as the air rushed over the gills.

The 125 utilized a double wishbone for the front tires, with a leaf spring to help stability at the front of the chassis. back from the nose, the of the chassis begins to change but in a manner. The chassis begins to from the upside-down U-shaped and begins to, in essence, stand up a

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The design shifts ever-so-slightly to of a triangular shape to help aerodynamically, the driver sitting up in the Of course this would help so much. Between the and the little windshield, the airflow in region was quite disturbed.

The itself was rather tight deep channeled out sides for the arms. As with the day, the sat greatly exposed. Directly the driver sat the large, rounded tank. The rear suspension on the 125 of longitudinal struts that up near the cockpit and traveled to the rear axle.

Along the struts, the rear suspension a torsion bar style rear and shock absorbers for driver and the all-important stability at the rear of the Besides all this, the main system used in those though not the greatest, but nonetheless on the 125F1, was drum brakes.

As the went on the 125 was refined and continually upon, but more so to influence designs. Alberto Ascari was to guide his 125 to a second place in Monaco. So it was obvious Enzo and were heading the right Later on in the season the 125 was again and refined. The 125 was shortened and the rear modified.

The de Dion tube was the latest technology of the day, and so, was along with a leaf into the 125’s suspension. package made Ferrari competitive, but not enough to beat Romeo.

The Alfa Romeo 158 had one heal and it was shared by Ferrari’s was too thirsty. The benefit of the power for the amount of fuel needed to do so was too Though not certain, it is likely was inspired by the performances of the Talbot-Lago which used its superior gas as a competitive edge.

Though well over 100hp, were there at the end because didn’t have to stop for Ferrari had to find an answer.

the 275. Ferrari too faced the of poor gas mileage with supercharged 1.5 liter engine, and dropped it. Instead, the team to Aurelio Lampredi.

Lampredi designed and built an for the all-new 275 chassis. Lampredi a 3.3 liter normally aspirated that was first employed in his 275S. The same engine was taken and employed into the new chassis.

The 275 chassis was also from that of the 125. The was totally changed and was more and bulb-like. Instead of a nose sloped back ever-so-slightly the vertical like the nose on the the nose on the 275 was more rounded, forward.

The rest of the chassis, of the cockpit, went through refining, and yet, still had similarities to the 125. The most changes made near the of the car included the longitudinal struts were lengthened and extended forward near the cockpit, but the shape of the bodywork that the fuel tank was changed. of a more dramatic curve of the the rear was extended further creating more of a torpedo rear end.

The 275, its 3.3 liter engine, debuted at Spa and the Grand Prix of Belgium. The overhead camshaft design was of producing around 300hp and Ascari was able to drive the car to a place finish. Despite the new it seemed the team took a backward. The performance was just not or at least not to level the team was

And so, by the time of the race at Monza, changed chassis designs two times.

At the Grand Prix of at Geneva, Switzerland, which did not toward the championship, Ferrari its next design…the 340. By time, Lampredi had designed a 4.1 V12. This engine was of producing around 335hp, to stay with the Alfa Also, to make the car more and thus comfortable for the drivers to out to the edge of limits, a series of were employed.

Enzo and made the overall length of the longer. This helped to weight and provide greater To provide better stability, employed the de Dion tube suspension once again.

also changed from the gearbox to a four-speed manual

The chassis, overall, was refined, into a more flowing machine. The nose was rounded more than the 275 but the angle of remained similar. The wheelbase wider than that of the Much more of an emphasis was upon aerodynamics which can be from the front wheels

The air scoop on top of the engine cowling was in size and made more Instead of a windshield attached to the top of the appearing more like an the windshield was incorporated into the and flow of the chassis on the 340.

the 340, Ascari was able to with Fangio in his 158. It Ferrari had found its contender in the However, as the race bore on, the developed problems that led to retirement. Despite having a car that could challenge Romeo, Ferrari wanted a car would absolutely break dominance. Besides, Lampredi had his engine ready to go.

Therefore, Ferrari was done the 340 and moved on.

Come September of Ferrari had their challenger—the In a quest to defeat the Alfa 158, the Ferrari team rested, always looking to certain areas to make a competitive race car. rather happy with the 340 Ferrari, specifically Aurelio kept working on specifics, the engine, trying to find balance between power, and efficiency.

He was able to produce a 4.5 version (the maximum One would allow) of his V12 engine. And the engine produced only more power than its 4.1 predecessor, Lampredi had been to work and produce an engine balanced out better when it to reliability and that mystical between engine and chassis. The simply worked, or at least it promise.

It was, then, some small details had to be addressed and its first race at proved that fact.

the only real difference the 340 and the 375 being the 4.5 liter engine, the just worked better. just missed the pole in its race with the 375 and actually was a good majority of the race another engine failure up the win to the Alfa Romeo SpA team. the loss of the win, Ferrari had a solid second-place finish in the and signaled to the team they had the corner and the tables.

Alfa days of dominance were to an end…it was just a matter of

At the end of the season Ferrari ended up in the driver’s championship. The finish, didn’t reveal how poised was for the future. Formula One cars undergo many changes the season, no doubt inspired by ‘always improving’ mindset as in the 1950 season, from the 125 on up to the 375. Ferrari debuted combinations of engines and chassis.

model contributed to Ferrari’s for dominance and would help to Ferrari’s legacy in racing especially Formula One. The team perhaps best they weren’t designing a to be dominant, but in fact were building dominance. This continually improving, never or believing in one thing, or design, to the key.

Dominance determined the and the engine. It was the team’s job to find out that all looked liked. The of the 1950 season stand as a to the Ferrari team’s desire to improve, to continue in the search for

For Ferrari, it all started with chassis designs and each design built upon the and failures of the previous. Never was it that one chassis had it all because year presented the challenge of the edge a little further The Ferrari team: Enzo, Aurelio and the many others this.

And the fact of Ferrari’s and records proves that that focus, has never

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