Posts Tagged ‘Ferrari 553’

spanish grand prix

Maurice Trintignant’s 1953 type Ferrari 625 from Harry Schell’s Maserati 250F and victor Mike Hawthorn’s 1954 type Ferrari 553 on the picturesque Pedralbes road circuit at Barcelona, 24 October 1954…

This event was famous for the race debut of the Lancia D50’s in the hands of Alberto Ascari and Gigi Villoresi, both were quick and Alberto led convincingly from Fangio’s Mercedes W196 until a clutch hydraulic failure caused his retirement.

The three drivers above had a great dice and all led at different points with Hawthorn taking the victory. Schell retired after a spin damaged his car and Trintignant with a fractured oil pipe. Hawthorn’s win was a good one made slightly easier by the problems Fangio was dealing with in his Benz, his W196 spraying oil into the cockpit.

lancia barcelona

The Ascari #34 and Villoresi #36 Lancia D50’s, just unloaded at Pedralbes for an event which showcased Vittorio Jano’s design brilliance as well as the sublime skills of Alberto Ascari. Such a pity Lancia ran out of money! Still a world title as a Lancia Ferrari D50, and drivers title for Fangio in 1956 was a great reflection on the original design even if it had ‘evolved’ a bit by then (unattributed)

I’m leaving Australia’s winter for 3 weeks in France and Spain including Barcelona so look forward to retracing the street circuits of ¬†Montjuic Park and Pedralbes whilst based in one of my favourite cities. My posts will be shorter over this period.

YouTube Race Footage…

Photo Credit…Yves Debraine

ferrari 624

(C Cavara)

Nice cutaway drawing of the Ferrari 625, one of the Scuderia’s 1954 Grand Prix car’s for the new 2.5 litre Formula…

The design was based on the very successful Type 500 which swept the board in 1952 and 1953, the engine an enlarged version of the 2 litre unit of 1952/3, later modified with a new head, developed circa 235bhp@7000rpm.


Spa 1954 Fazz butt shots; #6 is the later in the season, more bulbous and not so fast ‘553’ of Gonzalez, the car in front the more svelte and generally quicker ‘625’ of Maurice Trintignant. Cars both 2.5 DOHC 4 cylinder powered. Maurice was 2nd in the race won by Fangio’s Maser 250F, Froilan equal 4th in the ‘625’ he shared with Mike Hawthorn after the car pictured failed. (unattributed)

The De Dion tube was located by twin radius arms and a central guide pin, front suspension was by wishbones and a transverse leaf spring with Houdaille shock absorbers. The 4 speed gearbox was located under the seat, the wheelbase was 85 inches, the simple car weighed circa 1430 pounds dry.


Alberto Ascari DNF engine Ferrari 625, on loan from Lancia, and Froilan Gonzalez 3rd, Ferrari 553 (here he is in the 553 he started, his placing was scored in the 625 he shared with Umberto Maglioli) from Louis Rosier’s 8th Maser 250F and winner Fangio’s Mercedes W196 1954 Italian Grand Prix. (unattributed)

Credits…C Cavara, Automobile Year