Ferrari Historian Keith Bluemel talks about some of the classic Ferrari's at the Ferrari Owners Club Concours meet.
In this section we celebrate all that has come before, mostly Ferrari but some just Italian and mostly forgotten.
Each month we shall research another exquisite piece of Italian engineering to present for your ocular stimulation. So bookmark this site and keep checking for the next installement. Be sure to click the "continue reading" link to get the full article.
Gorgeous, V12-engined 'Thomassima II' from 1967 is up for sale on, um, ...eBay
That's £5.8m, for a car or story you've probably never heard about. The long of it, you can read here, but the short of it is this: it was born in the 1960s, designed by a fascinating chap called Tom Meade.
260 hp, 2,999 cc DOHC four-cylinder engine, two Weber 58 mm DCOA/3 carburetors, dry sump lubrication, five-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, de Dion rear axle with transverse leaf springs and trailing arms, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase 88.6"
- One of only 35 built, a matching-numbers example
- Starring role in On the Beach, featuring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner
- Driven on screen by Fred Astaire
- Brussels Motor Show car, 1955
- Race-winning history, including John Von Neumann, Phil Hill, Harrison Evans
- Two-year documented restoration
Looking to buy your other half something really special for Christmas? Well, the estimate on this car when it reaches the auctioneer's block is between $8m and $10m, which in real money, means a top price of somewhere north of six million pounds.
Ladies and gentlemen, please be upstanding for the world's most famous Ferrari, and arguably one of Maranello's most beautiful designs. It's a 250 GT California Spider - here in LWB trim - being offered up for auction in Gooding's Scottsdale sale.