Sunday, October 12, 2008

Not the photos I intended to post...

...but when I went to prepare the last set of shots from the air museum, I found them too dark to use. Sheesh.

So instead, I offer some shots from the adjoining museum, which is currently hosting a temporary Ferrari exhibit. This is primarily for my friend Scott, though I hope others will at least like the bright colors!

First off, a 1957 Ferrari 250 TR ("Testrossa"), a fine racer in its day and frighteningly valuable today. "Testarossa" means "redhead" in Italian; the car was so named because the engine's cam covers were painted red, not the traditional black...



Two delightful Ferrari coupes. The yellow car is a 1967 275 GTB4, next to a 1958 250 "Tour de France" (yes, there is/was such an event for cars, too)...



Another famous Ferrari racer (and namesake for a Pontiac model that appeared shortly afterwards), the 1963 250 GTO. Also hugely valuable; very few were made, and only a few more than the original number built exist today...



The engine of a 1967 BB 512 LM racer under (plexi)glass. Twelve cylinders arranged horizontally, like three VW Beetle engines in a line...



My favorite car in the show? This 1932 Alfa-Romeo P2, on display because Alfa-Romeo's racing team in those days was run by one Enzo Ferrari...



I would have preferred to show aircraft, but I hope these are acceptable substitutes. I will go back one day to the Air and Space Museum and do better!

3 comments:

DAL said...

Heh heh. GTOs are much too valuable to leave the market to a few originals...

Although I do indeed like red, if I had a Ferrari, I think I would want it in another color. I saw an early 80s 400 in metallic blue, once.

Anonymous said...

Vintage Ferrari's are rare here in "Cowboy Cadillac" country. Thanks for sharing yours.

"very few were made, and only a few more than the original number built exist today..." I take you mean there are replicas to replace the inevitable casualties?

S

MrScribbler said...

S -- That's a -- shall we say -- "polite" way of describing the situation. The question is, of course, whether some of the "new" GTOs are seen as replicas.