1954 Ferrari Literature and Memorabilia
1954 Ferrari 375 MM Spider Sales Brochure Merritt 117 in English.
This is an original 1954 oversized postcard / sales flyer for the Ferrari 375 Mille Miglia as listed in Richard Merritt's book on page 117 - 118.
The front shows a great shot S/N 0460AM (believed to be the oldest Ferrari still in the hands of its original owner / family) while the rear falsely shows the caption "410 Superamerica" along with the specs in English.
This is what Richard Merritt wrote about it:This fantastic Ferrari 375 MM Farina roadster, number 0460-AM, (and here mis-named as a 410 SA), is still in the hands of the original owner and looks this nice even today. It is felt that the specifications, which show data for a 410 version, indicate an intention at the time to produce a small series which failed to materialize. The only major difference between the 375 and 410 engines was the increased bore, from 84 to 88 millimeters. The fitting of front bumperettes perhaps would indicate that this car was intended primarily for normal street usage. However, there are no provisions for windshield wipers, a top, or easy entrance for the elegantly dressed lady.
As visible in the photos, it carries the stamp of Luigi Chinetti on the back as well as a date stamp (JUL 15 1957).
It is in a more than excellent condition for its age and is a rare opportunity.The photos are of the actual card up for sale so please be your own judge on its condition.
It measures approximately 21 x 15 cm or some 8.5 x 6 inches.
Merritt reference: Pages 117 + 118.
We only have 1 available of course.
1954 Ferrari 375 MM Spyder Sales Flyer English Merritt 117
Vintage 1954 Photo of Ferrari 375 MM S/N 0372AM at the 24 Heures du Mans.
This is a vintage 1954 photo of the dashboard and (partially) the engine compartment of the Ferrari 375 MM of Phil Walter and John Fitch shortly before the 1954 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The race was finished for the pair around 5.00 AM when they had to give up with gearbox trouble.
This particular car received modified liquid cooled brakes by its owner and entrant, Briggs Cunningham.
This is a vintage print, i.e. printed shortly after the original image was captured on film.
The photo measures some 7 x 4.5 inches, is in mint condition.
The back carries the photographer's stamp.
Only 1 available.
Vintage 1954 Photo of Ferrari 375 MM 0372AM at the 24 Heures du Mans
Vintage 1954 Photo of Ferrari 375 Plus S/N 0396AM, victorious at the 24 Heures du Mans.
This is a vintage 1954 photo of the Ferrari 375 Plus of Froilan Gonzales and Maurice Trintignant at the finish of the 1954 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The duo raked up 302 laps or a royal 4,016 kms, 1 lap ahead of Tony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton in their D-Type Jaguar.
The car now seems to reside in France after a rebody following the horrendous crash of Jack McAfee and Ford Robinson during the 1954 running of the Carrera Panamericana in which Robinson got killed.
The photo measures some 8.5 x 11 inches and is in mint condition and carries NO photographer's stamp on the back.
Vintage 1954 Photo of Ferrari 375 Plus S/N 0396AM Victorious at the 24 Heures du Mans
Vintage 1954 photo of Jose Froilan Gonzales, 1954 Grand Prix of Britain.
This photo was taken in the pits at Silverstone during the 1954 British Grand Prix and shows Jose Froilan Gonzales with his Ferrari 625 along with chief mechanic Meazza and on the right a gentleman called "Amerotti" according to the notes on the back. Mr. Amerotti is unknown to me.
Fangio, driving for Mercedes, had set the pole position but was overtaken by Gonzales the very first lap and Gonzales did not give the lead away anymore and finished more than a minute ahead of second placed Mike Hawthorn, also on Ferrari 625. Fangio finished 4th in his Mercedes W196.
The photo measures some 20 x 15 cm or some 8 x 6 inches and is a VINTAGE print i.e. printed shortly after the image was captured.
Vintage 1954 photo of Jose Froilan Gonzales at the 1954 Grand Prix of Britain
1954 Gold Medal, Syracuse Grand Prix, awarded to Mike Hawthorn.
We are pleased to be able to offer for sale this absolutely unique piece of motoring history:
This medal was given to Mike Hawthorn for competing in the 1954 Syracuse Grand Prix.
Mike drove a Ferrari 625 in this Grand Prix which he crashed and he sustained serious burns to his arms and legs in this accident.
This is what Road & Track wrote about the accident in 1954:
"....Marimon in a Maserati drove too close to the right side of the track and sent up a shower of hay. Blinded by the flying chaff, the second place car, a Ferrari with Hawthorn driving, crashed against the safety wall and the car caught fire. Gonzales, about seven feet behind Hawthorn, piled into the Englishman's car, careened and went into the wall. Both cars were destroyed by the flames and Hawthorn was taken to the hospital....".
Shown below is a photo from R&T of the scene of the accident.
This medal went straight from Mike's estate, in 1959, to an important collector in Switzerland from whom we acquired it directly.
A truly unique opportunity to acquire a piece of memorabilia from Hawthorn's personal possession.
Measures approximately 1.25 inches in diameter and is made of 18 carat gold.
Price on request through THIS LINK.
Vintage 1954 GOLD medal awarded to Mike Hawthorn for the 1954 Grand Prix of Syracuse
This photo was taken in the courtyard of the Ferrari factory in Maranello in May 1954.
It shows the Ferrari 750 Monza Spider Scaglietti S/N 0440M when it was brand new.
The car would be raced extensively (24 Heures du Mans, 12 Hours of Sebring to name but a few major races) in the hands of such greats as Umberto Maglioli, Froilan Gonzales, Maurice Trintignant, Toulo de Graffenried and Mike Hawthorn.
The car survives to this day and seems to be residing in an important Dutch collection since 1990.
This is a more modern print which measures some 18 x 13 cm or 7 x 5 inches.
Only 1 available.
May 1954 Photograph of Ferrari 750 Monza S/N 0440M when new in Maranello
3 Vintage Photos of Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale Coupe S/N 0219EL.
Here we have a set of 3 vintage black&white photos of Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale Coupe 0219EL in all its original splendor in ca. 1955 in the USA.
It appears to be the parking lot of a race track but I've not yet been able to identify the venue.
The car shows a 1954 Texas license plate in these photos so I presume the photos to have been taken in either 1954 or 1955 and the setting appears to be correct for that period and it is in line with other photos that came from the same source.
The car seems to survive in highly original condition and still resides in the USA.
The photos carry a print date stamp of November 1970 on the RH edge.
Each photo measures some 7.5 x 7.5 cm (or 3 x 3 inches) and is in excellent condition for its age.
Only 1 set of 3 photos available.
Set of 3 Vintage Photos of Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale Coupe S/N 0219EL
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