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Ferrari Fontana Bodies

Ferrari Fontana

Aluminum Ferrari Bodywork

Fontana Ferrari Padua

Ferrari Coach-built Body

Here are two cars that have been together for over 50 years. The unfinished aluminum body is rumored to have been on Ferrari 340 America serial number 0030MT, a car raced for a number of years by the Marzotto team in the early 50′s. The red painted car, chassis number 0086 was a Marzotto Team car as well and in the mid-50′s the body (the bare aluminum one in the photo) came off the chassis 0030 and was fitted to 0086. Who the hell knows why but it looked ridiculous because chassis 0030 was inches longer than 0086 so the wheels didn’t line up in the fender openings.

In the 1952 Mille Miglia, chassis number 0086 was cloaked in a body identical to the one we made for the car which is shown in this photo. So I suppose these two Fontana cars will be together for another half-century or more.

Confusing enough?

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While We Are On The Group “B” Rally Subject

More Group B Fun

More Group B Fun

While I am obsessing about the Audi Coupe, here’s a good article in Hemmings Motor News on the Cars of the Group B Rally series in the late 80′s. The RS200 Ford is my all time favorite and one of these days I will own one.

You can’t really look back at the Class of 1986 without taking a look at the Group B homologation specials that reached their zenith that year, the last for the highly advanced, extremely powerful and now legendary rally cars.

The original intention of the FIA-sanctioned Group B rally and sports car racing category, accepted for the 1983 rally season, was to replace Group 4′s homologation regulation of 400 units with half that number to encourage more manufacturers to join the fracas. With a need to produce just 200 cars, the acceptance of all-wheel drive, exotic materials and very low minimum weight restrictions, manufacturers pulled out all the stops and created street-going race cars, like the outrageous, flared-fender MG Metro 6R4… read more at Hemmings.

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