Journal: A Look Inside the Ferrari that Began as a Lancia

A Look Inside the Ferrari that Began as a Lancia

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
April 25, 2013
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The Lancia D50 was not only a visual feast, but as aptly demonstrated by these gorgeous hand-drawn cutaways, also one of engineering and construction. Designed by Vittorio Jano in 1954, the D50 was among the first ever racecars to utilize the engine as a stressed member of the chassis, among many other groundbreaking innovations. After the death of their top driver, the great Alberto Ascari, and ensuing financial difficulties, Lancia was forced to sell off their scuderia to Maranello, who further developed the car for racing. Rebadged the Ferrari D50, it took Fangio to victory in the 1956 World Championship of Drivers.

We’ve had the once-in-a-lifetime privilege of seeing one of the six original cars built in the flesh at Cars & Coffee, and it’s simply among the prettiest things we’ve ever encountered, automobile or otherwise—the sort of car you can spend hours peering through vents, driveshaft openings and bodywork seams just soaking in the otherworldly craftsmanship and engineering, and something only hinted at with these nonetheless remarkable cutaways that we’ve rounded up. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Cutaway Image Sources: oldengineering.tumblr.com, phpbbplanet.comcutaways.tumblr.com

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Rip Curl
Rip Curl
3 years 6 months ago

Agreed that the ones that are running are replicas. I saw one race at Silverstone 13 years ago and it was really awesome but I just could not get excited knowing that it was not the real deal.

davide
davide
3 years 6 months ago

I can confirm that there’s no way you saw an original D50 at C&C.
I wrote a post about the D50 some time ago on my blog, I give few more interesting details.

http://classic-cars-talks.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/lancia-d50.html

Gianni Burrows
Gianni Burrows
3 years 6 months ago

I’m pretty sure the car you saw at C&C was a replica. The only two surviving originals that exist are in museums in Italy and never run. The other 4 were destroyed by Ferrari. The rest are replicas constructed out of spares that a Lancia employee managed to keep from being shipped off to Ferrari when the works cars were gifted to Enzo in 1955.

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay
3 years 6 months ago

Love this car and this era.
Handmade, baby! My kind of objet d’art.

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay
3 years 6 months ago

I came across this drawing by my son. Looks familiar!

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange
3 years 6 months ago

Stunning cars. There are a couple of almost exact replicas (possibly built up from spares not sure) that race at the Goodwood Revival most years. You can easily here them coming in a field of Maserati 250Fs and 246 Dino F1 cars!

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