This is an official Ferrari factory issued postcard of Mike Hawthorn that has been signed by "The Drake", Enzo Ferrari, himself on October 24, 1958.
The handwritten text on the back reads "Molti Ringraziamenti e cordiale saluti" and is signed by Enzo in his characteristic violet ink.
The text loosely translates into "Many thanks and kind regards".
It is hand-dated "24/10/1958" and it carries the usual logos as visible in the photographs.
The card is in near mint condition, especially considering its age but, as clearly visible in the photos, somewhere in its life it got holes punched into it for archiving... sad... but irreversible....
Had it not had these holes, it would surely be twice as expensive... if you could find one.
The front, in landscape format, shows a concentrated Mike at the wheel of his Ferrari F1 car while wearing his characteristic helmet.
This image is extremely powerful and iconic for this era.
A scarce postcard by itself, it becomes very rare thanks to Enzo's handwritten text and signature but the date makes it extremely collectible... October 24, 1958 was a mere three (3!) month before Mike Hawthorn would get killed at the Guildford bypass...
A great loss to Formula 1...
Only 1 available of course as every autographed item is unique and we provide a Certificate of Authenticity with it which guarantees that this is a genuine signature.
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