Many in the automotive and racing industry were taken aback when Ferrari moved away from the 12 Cylinder engine in favor of a four banger. Engineer Aurelio Lampredi was convinced that he could get better performance on winding circuits by making these modifications with the engine. His thought paid off tenfold for driver Alberto Ascari and owner Enzo Ferrari.What made this beauty special was the incorporation of a rear mounted four speed manual transmission, aluminum alloy block, and a gear-driven DOHC valvetrain. To maximize performance the Type 110 Inline-4 engine was utilized along with two Weber 40 DCOA/3 carburetors. To help lighten the weight on the track, aluminum panels were placed over a steel tube.The Mondial sported double wishbone suspension in the front and De Dion type in the rear. Both suspension systems included a Transverse Leaf Spring and Houdaille Shocks. It provided a smooth and sleek ride over terrain presented and placed first in 6 out of 8 racing events under the hand of Ascari.This beauty managed to turn out 155 mph, and was certainly a contender in its class. The series however was short lived and replaced by the now infamous Testa Rossa by 1956. Such is the way it goes in the automobile industry for racing and street car alike.The classics never lose in their appeal. The 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider embodied the look and performance of excellence that people have come to expect with the Ferrari name. From the excellent coachwork from Pinn Farina and Scaglietti to the engineering prowess of Aurelio Lampredi delivered as promised.
1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta
Ferrari is an Italian company that was founded by Enzo Ferrari in Italy in 1929. The company started out making racing cars only. In 1947 they began to also manufacturer cars that were legal to drive on the streets as well. The company manufactured many popular styles of cars, but the one that is particularly commanding is the 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta. There were 25 of these competition sports cars built. MM in the car’s name stands for Mille Miglia, a race in which a 166 MM Barchetta was a winner in 1949. Barchetta is Italian for ‘little boat.’
The body of the 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta was designed by a company called Carrozzeria Touring. The car is lightweight, has a simple style, and has an oval shape with rounded edges. The length of the car is 142 inches, it’s 60 inches wide and 42 inches high, and has a curb weight of 1,433 pounds.
For a small car, the 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta is packed with a lot of power. It has a V-12, 2-liter engine, has a 2,562 cc single overhead-camshaft, with horsepower estimated at 140. It has a 5-speed gearbox with a dry, single-plate clutch and it can go from 0 to 100 in 27 seconds.
Other features of the 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta are an independent front suspension, a rigid rear axle, three Weber 36 DCF carburetors, Houdaille lever shocks, twin exhausts and four hydrualic brake drums. There is also a riveted fuel tank that holds about 23.76 gallons of fuel. Gauges in the car include a tachometer, a fuel pressure gauge, oil pressure gauge, and temperature gauges for the oil and water. There is no odometer in the car, however, because the car was intended for competition only.
Ferrari is a name that is synonymous with speed and power. The 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta fits the Ferrari brand perfectly.
1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta Photos:
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air is considered an American icon. It symbolizes everything that is great about the automotive industry. The Bel Air has a distinguished look that is easily recognizable. Also, it had many features that made it more desirable over other models.
One of the changes that made the 57 Chevy Bel Air distinguishable from it predecessors was changing the wheels from a 15 inches to 14 inches. This dropped the body closer to the ground. In addition to lowering the body, the frame of the 57 Bel Air was made wider and longer than previous years models. Perhaps the two most distinguishing features of this classic are the rear fenders that were ribbed, and the anodized gold features.
Looking more at the details, the 1957 Chevrolet lacked nothing in terms of performance. Differing from other models, this car had no voltmeter or pressure gauge for oil. What the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air does have is an inline 6 cylinder engine. With 283 cubic inches and the addition of Ramjet fuel injection, the 1957 Chevy was close to racing performance when it left the showroom.
Offering owners a choice between 2 and 4 doors plus a choice of hardtop or convertible, the Bel Air was available as a sedan, coupe, or station wagon. This made the model appealing to single drivers and families alike. The car was all about luxury and comfort that would be affordable to the masses. The biggest competition that was experienced was from Ford Motor Company. This has been a long time rivalry, and although during 1956 – 1957 Ford won out in sales, it is the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air that is a classic and highly sought out vehicle.
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Photo Gallery