Once in a Lifetime Ferrari Event at 2019 Cavallino 28
At the recent Cavallino Classic Concorso on Saturday, January 26, we were honored to have on the field three very rare Ferraris of the same type, the 335 Sports. Only four were ever made by Ferrari, and only three have survived, and all three were together for the first and possibly the last time. They were from the “big gun” era of sports car racing in the late 1950s when unlimited power ruled all and Ferrari built these giants to win overall. 0764 won the Cavallino Best of Show, 0700 won the Chief Judge Emeritus Cup and 0674 was for display only on Saturday but won an Excellence in Class at Classic Sports Sunday the next day.
The power came from a front-mounted 60° V-12, with light alloy cylinder block and head, 2 valves per cylinder, twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank, twin plugs and four coils, and a bore and stroke of 77 x 72 mm. This gave it a large capacity of 335.27 per cylinder and 4023.32 cc overall displacement. With a compression ratio of 9:1 and six Weber 44 DCN carburetors, maximum power was a huge for its time 390 bhp at 7400 rpm. Unlimited speed won in those days and Ferrari knew that unlimited power from his engines would carry the day.
0674 - 6th overall at Sebring in 1957, but also was 2nd overall at the fateful Mille Miglia in the same year driven by Wolfgang von Trips. It was a dnf at Le Mans but came back with 2nds at the Swedish GP and at the Venezuelan GP in Caracas. In 1958 it went to Luigi Chinetti who entered it in the Cuba GP with Stirling Moss driving where it won. For the rest of 1958 it was raced mostly by Gaston Andrey who had good success in SCCA races. After that it was retired until bought in 1969 by Pierre Bardinon for his famous Mas du Clos collection in France. In 1916, it was bought at auction by current owner Brian Ross, who entered it in this year’s Cavallino Classic. More on this chassis in Cavallinos 7, 9, 148, 194, 220.
0700 - By contrast, this chassis had a long and successful racing career, starting with 2nds in 1957 at the Nürburgring and Swedish GP, and a 3rd at Spa. This was followed by a 1st at the Cuban GP with Phil Hill and Peter Collins, and then 1st places in the Governor’s Trophy races with Phil Hill at Nassau. In 1958 and 1959, both John von Neumann and Richie Ginther drove it with success in American races. It was retired at the end of 1960 and had several owners until bought by its current owner in 1991 and made part of his Scuderia Northeast collection. He brought it to the Cavallino Classic. More on this chassis in Cavallinos 7, 9, 94, 108, 116, 118, 129, 134, 140, 165, 200, 220.
0764 - Finished in 1958 at the behest of Luigi Chinetti, it went straight to the USA where it was bought and raced by Alan Connell with much success. Subsequently it went through several very well-known collections until finally bought in 2013 and restored by Andreas Mohringer from Austria. More on this chassis in Cavallinos 58, 82, 83, 84, 86, 96, 117, 148, 173, 200, 202, 220, 221.
We thank the owners for bringing them out for everyone to enjoy.
Photographs from Peter Singhof and Jerry Wyszatycki.