Willy Mairesse Ferrari Memorabilia
Vintage Original 1958 24 Hours of Le Mans Poster.
June 21 & 22, 1958.
It measures approximately:11 x 15 inches28 x 38 cm
This is an extremely scarce example of the 1958 24 Heures du Mans poster.
It is in in as mint a condition as a poster of over half a century old can be; truly SPECTACULAR!
The 1958 Le Mans poster is part of the so-called "Major Illustrators" era in Le Mans posters which lasted from 1954 - 1963 and in which the cream of the crop of French motorsport illustrators such as Geo Ham, Jeudon and Beligond were hired for the design of the race posters.
The design of the 1958 poster was by Michel Beligond and was his first work for the Le Mans 24 hours race.
Beligond was preceded by Geo Ham and Jeudon and the switch to the new artist immediately gave a more realistic rendering of the race.
The car is going into the Dunlop curve, just having passed under the famous Dunlop bridge.
The night and the crowd are of course present but Beligond is not too concerned about depicting a real race but instead shows the make that was favorite for the 1958 race, Ferrari!
The race was indeed won by Olivier Gendebien and Phil Hill in their Nr. 14 Ferrari 250 TR58 0728TR with a total of 305 laps to their name.
For the full results of this race, please see 24 Heures du Mans results 1958.
This poster is VERY scarce and will be shipped, rolled, is a VERY sturdy (PVC) tube.
Vintage Original 1958 24 Hours of Le Mans Poster in Mint Condition
Vintage 1961 Le Mans Handbill / Flyer.
These flyers were handed out at the race to spectators to show them around the track.
Very scarce as most of them were tossed away after the race or disappeared into the mists of time.
The cover matches the image of the 1961 race poster which is after a color illustration which was part of the so-called "Major Illustrators" era in Le Mans posters which lasted from 1954 - 1963 and in which the cream of the crop of French motorsport illustrators such as Geo Ham, Jeudon and Michel Beligond were hired for the design of the race posters.
The poster shows a fantastic image, by Michel Beligond, of the # 12 Ferrari 250 TRI/60 powering its way out of the Esses and heading towards Tertre Rouge during the previous edition in 1960.
The combination of warm colors represents the arrival of dusk, highlighting the red Ferrari in the center of the poster. This year, 1961, the race was part of the Sports Car World Championship.
It measures 5.4 x 8.4 inches and unfolds to 21.6 x 8.4 inches.
The race was won by Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien in their Ferrari 250 TRI/61 (S/N 0794TR) with a total of 333 laps to their name.
For the full results of this race, please see 24 Heures du Mans results 1961.
Vintage Original 1961 Le Mans Flyer
Vintage 1962 Photo of Ferrari 246 SP S/N 0796 at the Targa Florio.
This is a vintage 1962 photo of the 246SP, S/N 0796, during preparation for the 1962 Targa Florio.
The car would win the race, driven by Willy Mairesse, Ricardo Rodriguez and Olivier Gendebien.
The car in question is the 246 SP S/N 0796 which was later modified to serve as a mule for the Tipo 250 P and crashed during practice for the 1963 Targa Florio. The car burnt out completely and was assumed to have been scrapped although parts of it seem to survive.
In the background we see the # 108 Porsche 718 GTR of Nino Vaccarella and Jo Bonnier which would finish 3rd overall.
This is a vintage print, i.e. printed shortly after the original image was captured on film.
The photo measures some 5.5 x 3.5 inches or 13.5 x 9 cm and is in excellent condition. The back carries NO photographer' stamp.
Only 1 available.
Vintage 1962 Photo of Ferrari 246 SP S/N 0796 at the Targa Florio
This is an official Ferrari factory issued postcard of Willy Mairesse.
It appears to be the only Willy Mairesse dedicated piece of publicity material that the Ferrari factory ever issued and Michel Sauze determined it as having been issued in 1960.
Willy signed and dedicated the card himself on the front.
The text reads "A Sergio avec mes remerciements en souvenir du G.P. d'Italie 1962 W. Mairesse".
The text loosely translates into "To Sergio with my thanks as a memento for the 1962 Grand Prix of Italy".
Mairesse scored his second best place of his career during that 1962 Italian Grand Prix when he placed 4th in his Ferrari 156 Sharknose.
The image of Willy smiling is a rare one of the man that suffered from such deep depressions and who ultimately committed suicide in an Ostend hotel room in 1969.
The card is in near mint condition, especially considering its age.
There are only some very minor knocks to the left bottom corned as visible in the photos.
The rear shows the Shell logo, the Ferrari prancing horse, the Ferrari script logo and the text "Willy Mairesse".
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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1962 Willy Mairesse signed Ferrari Postcard
Vintage Original 1963 Monaco Grand Prix Counter-Top Poster.
Here we have a VERY rare Monaco Grand Prix poster...
These posters could be seen hanging throughout the principality of Monaco prior to the race in 1963 but this one is a little more special...
This particular one is executed as a counter-top version and it is the very first one in this execution that we ever managed to lay our hands on.
The artwork is by French artist Michel Beligond and shows a number of F1 cars racing along the harbor of Monte-Carlo.
The race was won by Graham Hill on BRM, followed by his team mate Ritchie Ginther with Bruce McLaren on Cooper-Climax completing the podium.
Ferrari entered a Ferrari 156 Sharknose for both John Surtees and Willy Mairesse. John brought his home in 4th place, after having set fastest lap in the race, while Willy dropped out of the race in lap 37 due to gearbox problems.
As visible in the pictures, this unusual table top Monaco "poster" has been maltreated severely in its past so it is in far from mint condition but it simply oozes patina... For the exact condition, please check the photographs.
The dimensions are some 59 x 40 cm or 23.5 x 16 inches.
We have, of course, only 1 available.
Vintage Original 1963 Monaco Grand Prix Poster Counter Top
Vintage 1963 photo of Ferrari 250P S/N 0812, 24 Heures du Mans.
This is a vintage 1963 photo of the factory entered Ferrari 250P of John Surtees and Willy Mairesse before it caught fire at the 1963 running of the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The car in question is S/N 0812 and was repaired after this incident and survives to this day.
The photo is in excellent condition but has been stuck to a black album page in the past and there is glue & paper residue on the back which doesn't effect the image.
It does NOT carry any copyright marks.
Vintage 1963 photo of Ferrari 250P S/N 0812 at Les 24 Heures du Mans
This is a vintage 1963 photo sequence of the Ferrari 250P S/N 0812 of John Surtees and Willy Mairesse right after it caught fire at the 1963 running of the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The set of vintage photos consists of the following:
1) Shows 0812 during the race.Photo by: Geoffrey GoddardSize: Approximately 8.5 x 6.5 inches
2) 0812 right after it caught fire, photographers and marshals running towards the scene of the accident.Photo by: VentouxSize: 5 x 3.5 inches
3) The first marshals have arrived, as have the photographers. No real action is being taken yet.Photo by: VentouxSize: 5 x 3.5 inches
4) First attempts at extinguishing the fire are being made while the course direction Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 has arrived at the scene.Photo by: VentouxSize: 5 x 3.5 inches
5) The crowds flocking around the smothering wreckage. Looks like winter!Photo by: VentouxSize: 5 x 3.5 inches
6) 0812 later on in the race, abandoned and the track cleaned from debris.Photo by: Yves DebraineSize: 9.5 x 7 inches
The photos are only sold as a single lot and are in excellent condition.
These are vintage prints, i.e. printed shortly after the original image was captured on film.
Only 1 set available.
Vintage 1963 photo sequence of Ferrari 250P S/N 0812 on fire at Les 24 Heures du Mans
The photo is in excellent condition and carries the photographer's stamp on the back.
It measures some 24 x 18 cm or 9.5 x 7.1 inches.
Vintage 1963 Le Mans 24 Hours Qualifying Poster.
April 6 & 7, 1963.
38 x 60 cm.15 x 23.5 inches.
Mint condition for its age.
This poster advertised the "3eme Criterium International de Vitesse Motocycliste 300 - 500 cc" which was of course a motorcycle race AND the tests / qualifying sessions for the upcoming 24 Heures du Mans.
The artwork shows an artist impression (by Beligond) of a motorcycle racing side by side with a Ferrari sportscar.
The race itself was won by Lorenzo Bandini and Ludovico Scarfiotti in their Nr 21 Ferrari 250 P S/N 0814 with a total of 339 laps to their name.
For the full results of this race, please see 24 Heures du Mans results 1963.
This poster will be shipped, rolled, in a sturdy tube.
Vintage Original 1963 Le Mans Qualifying Poster
Vintage 1963 photo of Willy Mairesse on Ferrari 250P S/N 0812, 1000 Km Nurburgring.
This is a vintage 1963 photo of the factory entered Ferrari 250P of John Surtees and Willy Mairesse en route to victory in the 1963 running of the 1000km of the Nurburgring.
The photo shows a very fanatic looking Willy Mairesse (did we know him in any other way?) at an unknown section of the track.
The car in question, S/N 0812, survives to this day.
The photos is in excellent condition and measures some 24 x 18 xm or 9.5 x 7 inches.
The back carries the photographer's stamp.
Vintage 1963 photo of Willy Mairesse on Ferrari 250P S/N 0812 at the 1000 Km Nurburgring
1963 Targa Florio print - Ferrari 250P S/N 0812 - Ludovico Scarfiotti.
This is a vintage 1964 print of Ludovico Scarfiotti at speed in a Sicilian village during the 1963 running of the Targa Florio.
Scarfiotti was partnered with "Wild" Willy Mairesse and unfortunately, the car was crashed on the 4th lap.
The car, bearing # 172 in this race, is S/N 0812 which survives to this day.
The print measures some 25 x 18 cm or 10 x 7 inches.
It is in near mint condition.
1963 Targa Florio print of Ferrari 250P S/N 0812 Ludovico Scarfiotti
Vintage 1965 photo sequence of Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Speciale S/N 06885 at the 24 Heures du Mans.
This is a vintage photo sequence of a pit stop of the Ecurie Francorchamps entered Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Special S/N 06885 driven by Willy Mairesse and "Jean Beurlys" en route to 3rd place overall during the 1965 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Please note the rather large hole that was cut in the front to increase the cooling capacity.
After this race the car was sold to the NART team of Luigi Chinetti in the USA and now resides in Florida, USA.
The sequence shows a driver change and "minor maintenance".
Each of the photos measures some 15 x 10 cm or 6 x 4 inches.
The backs carry NO photographer's stamps.
Vintage 1965 photo sequence of Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Speciale S/N 06885 at the 24 Heures du Mans
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