Lot Number

Ferrero Le Mans Children's Car, 1992

Sold For £17,550

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - LONDON 7 SEPTEMBER 2016

  • Tribute to the 1964 Le Mans-winning 275 P
  • Piaggio 50-cubic centimetre engine and three-speed gearbox
  • Coachwork by Carrozzeria Eugenio; chassis number 02/12
  • The young ferraristi’s first Ferrari

Est. 4.5 bhp, 50 cc two-cycle single-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, front and rear coil-over-shock suspension, and two-wheel hydraulic rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: Fun!

In 1964, the Ford–Ferrari wars were in full swing. Ferrari fielded a four-car prototype team for Le Mans, three 3.3-litre 275 Ps, and a 4.0-litre 330 P. Private entries, including two 330 Ps, came from the British, Belgian, and American competitors. Ford entries included three GT40s and Shelby Daytona coupés. None of the Ford GT40s finished the race, although a Shelby Daytona Coupé won the GT class. However, it finished 4th overall, behind three Ferraris, including the overall-winning 275 P driven by Jean Guichet and Nino Vaccarella.

This handsome 1:3 scale Ferrero Le Mans is one of 12 miniature tributes handcrafted in 1992 by Eugenio Ferrero at his Carrozzeria Eugenio in Briosco, Italy. Styled after the Le Mans-winning 1964 Ferrari 275 P, it is built with a tubular steel chassis, has a one-piece fibreglass body, and is powered by a 50-cubic centimetre two-stroke Piaggio engine, which is mated to a three-speed gearbox with reverse gear and full 12-volt battery and electrics. Finished in red and white livery, the car has a tan leather seat for the monoposto driving position. Controls, to the driver’s left, fall easily to the hand, be it a small one. Overall, this delightful little Ferrero is very clean and correctly detailed.

Though not legal for road use, nor homologated for FIA competition, it is ideal for fast laps around the driveway!

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