Completely burned out race car room auction at an incredible price

Buying old cars, especially if they were racing, is an opportunity for collectors and lovers of classic cars that they do not easily miss, and for some of them this interest may reach a stage where the line between sanity and madness is not clear. Knowing this, the owner of one of these old cars plans to put it up for auction and apparently hopes and actually expects to sell this car for up to one million euros!

At first glance, without knowing the story behind this burned room, what you see is just a handful of scrap metal that you can’t bear to keep in the corner of your warehouse for even a day, and you count the minutes until a courier arrives as soon as possible. take it with him, even if he is to pay you nothing for it; But when you know what the value of this piece of iron is, maybe you, like its owner, would keep it for 45 years until the day you put it up for auction and make money from selling it that you can’t get from selling 10 luxury cars. Now what is this precious burnt room?

This metal skeleton, which can only be recognized as a car by seeing its single headlight, is the body of a Ferrari 500 World Cup medal race car, of which only 13 were made during its production. We all know that Ferrari is among the most luxurious and expensive cars in the world, whether now or in the 1950s, but even a burned-out Ferrari is not worth a million. So why does the owner hope to make such money from the auction of his car? Well, the reason is related to its use and the personality behind the steering wheel.

At the time of its production in March 1954, the burned room of the story car was red and had leather seats and upholstery, and a month after it left the factory it raced on the Tuscan Cup racing circuit; Its driver was none other than the famous Franco Cortese (1903-1986). He, who was the brand of Formula One racing in his era, participated in three races with this car, but the fifth place was the best title he won.

Buying old cars, especially if they were racing, is an opportunity for collectors and lovers of classic cars that they do not easily miss, and for some of them this interest may reach a stage where the line between sanity and madness is not clear. Knowing this, the owner of one of these old cars plans to put it up for auction and apparently hopes and actually expects to sell this car for up to one million euros!

At first glance, without knowing the story behind this burned room, what you see is just a handful of scrap metal that you can’t bear to keep in the corner of your warehouse for even a day, and you count the minutes until a courier arrives as soon as possible. take it with him, even if he is to pay you nothing for it; But when you know what the value of this piece of iron is, maybe you, like its owner, would keep it for 45 years until the day you put it up for auction and make money from selling it that you can’t get from selling 10 luxury cars. Now what is this precious burnt room?

This metal skeleton, which can only be recognized as a car by seeing its single headlight, is the body of a Ferrari 500 World Cup medal race car, of which only 13 were made during its production. We all know that Ferrari is among the most luxurious and expensive cars in the world, whether now or in the 1950s, but even a burned-out Ferrari is not worth a million. So why does the owner hope to make such money from the auction of his car? Well, the reason is related to its use and the personality behind the steering wheel.

At the time of its production in March 1954, the burned room of the story car was red and had leather seats and upholstery, and a month after it left the factory it raced on the Tuscan Cup racing circuit; Its driver was none other than the famous Franco Cortese (1903-1986). He, who was the brand of Formula One racing in his era, participated in three races with this car, but the fifth place was the best title he won.

What distinguished the Ferrari 500 Mondial from other cars produced by the Ferrari company was its engine design. Unlike the previous racing cars of the Ferrari company, which were all produced with 12-cylinder engines, this car had only in-line 4 cylinders and was designed by the company’s then engineer, Aurelio Lampardi, at the behest of the factory’s founder, Enzo Ferrari. In the design of the new engine, compared to the previous 12-cylinder engines, 65% was saved and its weight was reduced by 42 kg. With all this, thanks to the use of a double ignition system for each cylinder that had a capacity of 500 cc (2 thousand cc in total) and the use of a double “Weber” carburetor, the power of the new engine was not only not less than the previous 12-cylinder type, but as much as 15 horsepower increased.

The presence of the new Ferrari car in the competition was not very long. The car that Franco Cortese was driving was the second of 13 Ferrari 500 Mondial produced on chassis number 0406MD, after winning the fifth title in the Italian Supercorte Maggiore and the English Cheshire Grand Prix, in which he did not cross the finish line, and in the Imola Grand Prix. attended (October 16, 1955), a race in which he also did not cross the finish line. Failure in these two Grand Prix due to technical defects made Ferrari stop using the new 4-cylinder car, and Cortese did not sit behind the wheel of this car until his retirement in 1958. The same year, the famous Ferrari 500 Mondial was sent to America.

5 years later, the Americans decided to replace the 4-cylinder engine of this car with an 8-cylinder engine of their own production, and two years later, in 1963, they tested it in a normal test with other imported racing cars, and that’s where this car was destroyed. It became the day we see now. However, the scrap car did not lose its value and in the early 70’s it passed through several hands and was sold in 1978 to a person named Walter Madeline, who has owned it until now. Now, after 45 years, he wants to sell it and says that he plans to earn 1 million euros from the sale of the burnt car.

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