1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Spyder ‘Tuboscocca’ by Carrozzeria Vignale – Sold by RM for €2.520.000
“Only about 20 examples of the 225S were constructed through 1952 and 19 of them, comprising of 12 Spyders and seven Berlinettas, were clothed with purposeful yet rather elegant bodies by Alfredo Vignale. This Spyder, chassis 0192ET, is the sixth of the 12 Vignale Sport Spyders built, and its bodywork artfully blends form and function with the coach builder’s characteristic triple ovoid front-wing chrome portholes and such competition-oriented features as a pair of small double air intakes on the hood, plus a pair of intake ducts for rear-brake cooling and twin rows of triple air outlets on the hood.
210 bhp, 2,715 cc V-12 engine, five-speed manual gearbox, independent double wishbone, transverse lower leaf spring front suspension, live axle, double semi-elliptic longitudinal leaf spring rear suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,400 mm (94.5″)”
Ferrari won at Le Man’s with it’s 330 TRI/LM.
Saab took it’s third straight win at Monte Carlo with it’s Iconic 96 Sport.
The Mini took the Touring car crown in the UK.
Graham Hill was the World Champion.
The “Leader Card Special” an Offenhauser engined Watson won the Indy
Fireball Roberts in Pontiac #22 won just over $24000 for winning the Daytona 500
MV Augusta won the 500 Championship and the Senior TT
and Morini “lost” the 250 crown to Readman and the Honda RC162
Alfa Romeo gave us the Giulia in 1962 (ok not this one, but I couldn’t resist)
and Maserati the beautiful Sebring……
Other notable car lauches include MG’s B model, Triumphs Spitfire and Simca’s pretty Coupe.
Most notably on today’s date, I celebrate the 50th anniversary of my birth. Happy Birthday me!
“With the success of the 250 GTO in road racing events, the Ferrari factory looked to homologate a version of the new 275 GTB for the GT racing class. As the production car was not designed for competition, a group of special cars were built for that purpose. While they resembled the production 275 GTB, they were actually closer in design and components to the 250 GTO race cars. With aluminum alloy for the bodies and smaller diameter, lighter weight chassis tubes than the production cars, it was intended that they would be able to convince the FIA into thinking they were actually production models. These were the 275 GTB/C Speciales, three cars built by the Ferrari competition department. Each contained substantial differences in specification and design, and of the three ‘Speciales’ built, only chassis #06885 had a notable period competition history, the highlight of which was a win in the GT Class and Third Overall finish in the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Ferrari followed up with a series of competition versions of the road car for customers, called the 275 GTB/C. The first ten were alloy-bodied ‘short nose’ cars in 1965, and the next group of twelve ‘long nose’ cars followed a year later. These cars appeared identical to the road cars, their difference being the employment of light alloy panels for the bodywork, less sound proofing, a larger fuel tank, higher lift camshafts, and the fitting of six Weber carburetors. It was then somewhat surprising that when the four-cam engine was introduced in 1966 with the 275 GTB/4, no competition versions were built by the factory” Source RM Auctions