Vintage 1961 set of 4 photos of Ferrari 156 F1 Shark Nose prototypes / mock-ups.
This is a set of 4 vintage photos dating from either late 1960 or early 1961 of the 120 degrees V6 engine, the tubular frame and 2 x what appears to be a wooden mock-up of the total car of the famous Ferrari 156 Sharknose.
We'll describe each photo in detail for you.
The engine. Measures 18 x 12 cm (7 x 5 inches) and shows a detailed view of what looks to be the complete (working?) engine. The engine was originally photographed in an engine stand but the stand itself has been whited out (probably for publication in a magazine).
The space frame. Measures 18 x 13 cm (7 x 5 inches) and shows the complete space frame with front & rear suspension, pedals, coolant tank but no steering shaft and no fuel tanks.
Shot # 1 of the mock-up. Side view. Not entirely sure what the mock-up is made of or which scale it is. The wheels look to be made of turned wood but the body surface shows severe cracks (was it covered in some kind of clay for detailed modeling?). Measures 18 x 12 cm (7 x 5 inches).
Shot # 2 of the mock-up. Three quarter rear view. Measures 18 x 13 cm (7 x 5 inches).
All 4 photos carry the stamp of "Foto G. Mantovani" in Modena, Italy. In addition, they carry a stamp "Photo by Gordon Wilkins" but this was merely put there (back in 1961) to mark those copies as his property; the photographer is Mantovani.
Wilkins worked, amongst others, as a journalist and TV personality and these photographs originate from his archive.
A MUST-HAVE for the true 156 Sharknose aficionado!
Only 1 set available.