Ferrari 196SP RecreationSOLD

The Chris Rea Ferrari Dino 196SP Recreation

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Estimate: ú38,000-45,000

Sold: ú21,137

During the late Fifties, single seater racing was subject to an engineering revolution which all other forms of motor sport would follow. Specifically it was the 1958 Cooper-Climax T43 in hands of Stirling Moss which would motivate this revolution by beating the much more powerful Ferraris. The not-so-secret advantage was the Cooper's unique mid-engine layout which more evenly spread the front to rear weight ratio, thereby greatly enhancing the car's balance and roadholding, against the then conventional front engine layout.

Following the T43's race debut and victory in the 1958 Argentinean Grand Prix it was Ferrari's turn to play catch up, but two years would pass before Ferrari fielded its first mid-engined single seater, the 246. The two year gap may have seemed long, but changing from the tried and traditional path was not Enzo Ferrari's way; indeed, Il Commendatore had categorically told John Cooper that no Ferrari would ever have an engine in the back!

The most important individual responsible for adapting Ferrari to the mid-engine layout was Carlos Chiti. He not only convinced the company founder to use mid-mounted engines in his Grand Prix machines, but in his road cars as well. In spring 1960, Chiti began working on these new cars and, with the help of works driver Richie Ginther, he completed the design of both the 156 GP car and the 246 SP. Both had mid-mounted engines and both were ready for the 1961 motor racing season.

As many people are aware, the iconic motor cars of the period are few and far between and this especially applies to Ferraris given that Enzo Ferrari's personal view was that the cars were of no further use once they had been raced by his drivers; most of them, like the 'shark nose' 156, were destroyed or developed into future models. Due to the resultant rarity and value of genuine works Ferraris, many enthusiasts and collectors have thus recreated such cars to fulfil a long held dream of driving and owning such iconic cars.

Commissioned by Ferrari enthusiast and music legend Chris Rea, this example has been recreated using Phil Hill's Ferrari 196SP from the 1960s as its base. Under the accurate aluminium body lie the mechanical components of a Ferrari 328, a tubular steel chassis with independent coil spring/wishbone suspension front and rear, complemented by anti-roll bars, adjustable dampers and powerful disc brakes; at the car's heart is the 328's Formula One derived, all alloy, four camshaft and dry sump 3.2 litre V8 engine producing 260bhp, allied to a transversely mounted five-speed gearbox, all of which ensures that this superb recreation has the performance and roadholding to match its appearance.

A reliable and most useable motor car which Chris Rea personally enjoyed on the road for many years, this unique and highly distinctive Ferrari represents a perfect mix of motor racing and music memorabilia. Finished in red with blue cloth seats and bare aluminium interior, and offered at a realistic price, it comes with a V5 registration document and a valid MoT test certificate.

Reference Number 12722

as of 8/31/2007

Car Ferrari 196SP Recreation