Grand Prix, Indy and Formula 1 Cars 1900- 1959

Ernest Hemmingway is quoted as saying, "Auto racing, bull fighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports ... all others are games." (I would also include rugby!) Open wheel racing is the type of racing I think he had in mind. Single seat race cars have always represented the pinnacle of motorsport and the men that posses the skill and daring to drive them fast are rare. In this part of the collection are the Grand Prix, Indy and Formula 1 cars that have helped shape racing history. Visit THE GREAT GRAND PRIX, INDY & FORMULA 1 CARS 1960 to Present Also see: F1 WORLD DRIVER & CONSTRUCTORS CHAMPIONS 1950-85

Pre-WWII:

1907 Fiat F2: With pistons the size of coffee cans, the F2 and its mammoth 16,286 cc four-cyl. engine (that's over 4 liters a cyl.!) was the pinnacle of racing a hundred years ago. Developing over 130 hp, this car had a maximum speed of 99 mph! Felice Nazarro won the French GP in this car.
Model by DUGU 1/43
1909 Grand Prix Benz: Big and brawny, the GP Benz fit the mould of racing cars in its day. Massive engine, chain drive and two stout hearted men to drive and mechanic the car as it sped around early 20th Century roads that doubled as race tracks. The engine was 12,453 cc and developed 120 hp, propelling this car to a top speed of over 100 mph.
Model by BRUMM 1/43
1911 A.L.F.A. Corsa: With a top speed of 70 mph, this car was designed for one purpose, to race at the Targa Florio. 92 miles of hair-raising Sicilian mountain roads, much of it over mud and gravel. Nino Franchini was leading at the end of the 1st and 2nd laps, but was forced to drop out when mud left him no longer able to see the road.
Model by BRUMM 1/43
1926 Bugatti Type 35: The Type 35 Bugatti with its horseshoe shaped radiator, is one of the most iconic racecars of all time. Built from 1924-29, the Type 35 (which has several variants) won over 1,000 races in its time. It was powered by a 2.0L OHC straight-eight engine, which in base form produced 90hp, while the supercharged 35B with 2.3L engine, produced 138 hp.
Model by MATCHBOX 1/48

1932 P3: The Alfa Romeo P3, or Tipo B was designed by Vittorio Jano,based on the Alfa Romeo 8C. Designed to last longer race distances than its predessor the P2, the P3 was the first single seat grand prix car. The P3 was powered by a 2.7L straight-eight cylinder, super-charged engine. Tazio Nuvolari drove the P3 to victory in its first race, the Italian GP at Monza in 1932 and won the championship for Alfa that year.
Model by RIO 1/43
1933 Bugatti Type 59: The Bugatti Type 59 was a continuation and the final iteration of Ettore Bugatti's Grand Prix racing cars and only a few were ever created. Between 1933 and 1936, only six or seven examples were built. Powered by a Roots supercharged 3.3L eight cylinder DOHC engine, the Type 59 produced 250 bhp in a very light car (1650 lbs). Despite great potential, the cars won few races, just being too unreliable to finish. The most notable victory was at the Belgian GP with René Dreyfus driving.
Model by BRUMM 1/43
1936 Alfa Romeo Tipo C (12C-36) : The 12C-36 made its debut at the Tripoli Grand Prix, fitted with the new V12 instead of the 3.8 litre straight-eight of the 8C-35. The supercharged 4.1L V12 engine produced 370 bhp. Designed to compete with the might of the German Silver Arrows of Mercedes and Auto Union, the Alfa was competitive, but scored victory in only two major Grand Prix races in 1936, the Vanderbuilt Cup and at Barcelona. This is the car that Tazio Nulovari drove to victory at the Vanderbuilt Cup races.
Model by FDS 1/43
1938 Maserati 8CTF: 1938 Indy winner Wilber Shaw drove this car to victory at Indy in 1939 & 1940. It was nicknamed the Boyle Special for the company that sponsored the car both years. Maserati designed the *CTF to compete against the mighty Mercedes and Auto Union cars grand prix cars of the thirties. Its engine was two four-cylinder blocks placed end to end with integral cylinder heads, super-charged, giving a total of 3.0L and producing 365 hp. Shaw was the first driver at Indy to win back to back in the same car. The Maserati's remarkable run continued after the War with two thirds and a fourth in the hands of Ted Horn.
Model by METRO 1/43

1937 Mercedes Benz W125: The W125 was designed by Rudolf Uhlenhaut to race during the 1937 Grand Prix season and this W125 was used by Rudolf Caracciola to win the 1937 European Championship. It is seen here in its 1937 Monoco GP configuration. The 5.6L supercharged 8-cylinder engine of the W125 had an output of 595 hp. It was considered the most powerful race car ever made until the Can Am cars of the 1960's came along. The engine capacity of supercharged Grand Prix cars was limited to 3.0L and the W125 was replaced by the Mercedes-Benz W154.
Model by BRUMM 1/43
1938 Mercedes Benz W154: The W154 competed in the 1938 and 1939 Grand Prix seasons and was used by Rudolf Caracciola to win the 1938 European Championship. The W154 used a smaller 3.0L two-stage supercharged V12 engine for the new formula regulation. For the 1939 season, the cars used the same chassis, but a revdeveloped motor (the M163) and different body work. These cars were often called W163. Hermann Lang dominated the 1939 season before war broke out. He won the 1939 Belgian GP on the 9 mile Spa circuit in this car, the same race that cost Richard Seaman his life.
Model by Del Prado 1/43
1939 Mercedes Benz W154/W163: The 'Silver Arrows' from Mercedes Benz, along with Auto Union, dominated grand prix racing in the late 1930's. New body work from an aluminum alloy, along with a new 3.0L V12, two-stage supercharged engine made the W163 different from the W154 before it. The engine ran on a mix of methyl alcohol, nitro-benzine, acetone and sulphuric ether, which required two fuel tanks for its 2 mpg consumption. It put out 483 bhp and had a top speed of 192 mph. This car finished 1st at the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, with the great Rudolph Caracciola at the wheel.
Model by BRUMM 1/43

Formula One:

1948 Ferrari 125 F1: Raymond Sommers drove this car to 4th place in the 1948 Italian GP in the inaugural season for Ferrari's first F1 car. Powered by a supercharged 1.5L V-12 engine designed by Colombo. Ferrari would score 5 GP Championship wins with the 125 over the 1948-1950 seasons, including Alberto Ascari win at the Italian GP for Ferrari in 1949. While not as fast as the Alfa Romeo or Maserati GP cars of the day, the nimble handling of the 125 made it a very formidable F1 competitor.
Model by FDS* 1/43
1949 Ferrari 125 F1: Tony Vandervell acquired a Tipo 125 F1 for the 1950 season and entered it at the International Trophy for Alberto Ascari to drive for the Vanwall team. This car is Chassis # 125-C-02, indicating it is one of the three 1949 cars but it was re-bodied before the International Trophy. Vandervell (one of the original backers of British Racing Motor) entered a series of modified Ferraris in Formula Libre races under the name "Thinwall Special" in the early 1950's.
Model by EDICOLA 1/43
1949 Ferrari 166 F2: Juan Manuel Fangio drove for Equipo Argentino (Automobile Club of Argentina) in Formula 2 races between his F1 drives for Alfa Romeo. In its distinctive Argentine colors, Fangio raced this car at the GP of Modena, but retired after 17 laps with a blown engine. The 166 was originally designed to accept a 1.5L supercharged V12, but for F2 and the changing F1 engine formula, it used a Colombo designed 2.0L V12, producing 155 bhp.
Model by EDICOLA

1950 Alfa Romeo 158 Alfetta (WORLD CHAMPION): Giuseppe Farina piloted this car to victory at the 1950 GP of Britain on his way to becoming the first Drivers World Champion. The 158 was powered by a super-charged, eight-cylinder-in-line 1.5-litre engine that pumped out around 370bhp. These cars dominated F1 racing after the war. Fangio joined the Alfa team in 1950.
Model by BRUMM 1/43
1951 Alfa Romeo 159M Alfetta (WORLD CHAMPION): Juan Manuel Fangio won the 1951 World Drivers Championship, his first of five. Fangio won Championships driving for Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Mercedes and Maserati. Considering that when he came to Grand Prix racing at the age of 37 in 1948, one can only speculate how many other championship titles may have been his had war not interrupted racing for so long.
Model by MINICHAMPS 1/43
1951 Ferrari 375 F1 (WORLD CHAMPION): Jose Frolilan Gonzales gave Ferrari its first formula one win at the 1951 British GP. The Argentine driver helped establish Ferrari as a contender in F1 and launched its domination in the sport, a position it has held for over 60 years!. A Colombo designed 4.5L V12 powered the 375 and this basic unit was used through the 1953 season. Teammate Alberto Ascari won his first World Championship.
Model by EDICOLA 1/43

1952 Agajanian Special Indianapolis 500 Winner: Troy Ruttman drove to victory in the 1952 Indy 500, taking over the lead from Bill Vukovich with 9 laps to go. The Agajanian Special was built for J.C. Agajanian, constructed by Eddie Kuzma and powered by an "Offy" twin-cam four-cylinder of 4.1L. Ruttman at 22 was and still is the youngest Indy 500 winner.
Model by FRANKLIN MINT 1/16
1952 Ferrari 500 F2 (WORLD CHAMPION): Designed by Lampredi, Alberto Ascari drove this 2.0L, 4-cyl. twin cam engined racer producing 185 hp to 9 consecutive wins from 1952-53 and the World Drivers Championship in 1952. The smaller F2 engined cars were designated after the 1951 season. Alfa gone from F1, the championship was Ferrari's for the taking. The smaller 4-cyl. F2 GP cars ran until the new formula that took effect in 1954.
Model by BRUMM 1/43
1954 Lancia D50: The Lancia D50 made its long awaited appearance at the Spanish GP at the end of the F1 season in October 1954. Alberto Ascari put the car on the pole for its maiden race, but unfortunately clutch problems sidelined the car after onlt 10 laps and while Ascari was leading. The Lancia team only lasted two races into the 1955 season, a lack of finances not letting the potential to win be realized.
Model by NOREV 1/43

The 2.5L Cars:

1954 Ferrari 625: Mike Hawthorn piloted this F1 car to 2nd place in the 1954 GP of Italy. The 625 was basically a bored out 500 F2 to 2.5L, for the new F1 engine formula. HP was increased from 185 to 250, but suffered from continued reliability problems. Ferrari would take over the Lancia team in 1955 and see its F1 fortunes rise.
Model by BRUMM 1/43
1954 Ferrari 553 Squalo: Mike Hawthorne drove to victory at the 1954 Spanish GP, beating Fangio in a Mercedes. It was the final GP for the 553 and was to be the last for Hawthorne, moving to Vanwall for 1955. The 553 Squalo, powered by a 2.5L 4-cyl.which produced 108 bhp. It had great potential, but was plagued by development problems. Hathorne's great win at Pedralbes showed what could have been.
Model by IXO 1/43
1955 Connaught Type B: Rodney Clarke's Continental Cars Ltd. created the Connaught, typical of small British makers, the company was greatly under financed but the cars were exceptionally well built. In 1955, the B-Type was introduced with streamlined bodywork. Powered by a Alta 4-cyl. engine of 2.4L, it produced 240 bhp. Over powered by its F1 competition, the B made its success in non-championship events. Reg Parnell drove to 4th place in this car at Oulton Park
Model by DINKY 1/43

1955 Lancia D50: Alberto Ascari was fighting for the lead at the Monoco GP when his Lancia spun, crashed and then plunged into the harbor, one of the most memorable crashes ever. The D50 with its superior grip did not spin and when it did, it was usually with dire results. Tragically, Ascari was killed in another accident a couple weeks later.
Model by RPA 1/43
1955 Mercedes Benz W196 STR (WORLD CHAMPION): Fangio drove this car to victory in the 1955 Italian GP at Monza. It was the final race for MB and a 1-2 finish sent them out in style. Fangio won his second of four consecutive World Drivers Championships.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1955 Ferrari 555 Super Squalo: Mike Hawthorn finished 7th at the 1955 Dutch GP in this car after having placed himself in the second row. This was Hawthorn's first race for Ferrari after quiting Vanwall mid-season. The 555 had a revised chassis, but used the same 2.5L engine of the 553. Both Mercedes and Lancia had more powerful eight cyl. engines and Ferrari bought the Lancia team, achieving instant success!
Model by BRUMM 1/43
1955 Maserati 250F STR: For the fast, high banks of Monza, Maserati developed streamlined body work for the 250F. Driven by Jean Behra at the Italian GP to a 4th place finish, this body was only used once. For 1955, the 2.5L straight-six powered 250F was given a 5-speed gearbox and disc brakes. Behra was joined by Luigi Musso at Maserati for the '55 season, but the greatest success for the 250F was yet to come.
Model by LEO 1/43

1955 Mercedes Benz W196: On the tighter circuits such as Monoco, the W196 was an open wheel car. For Monoco, which held its first GP in five years in 1955, Mercedes fielded two short wheel base cars for Fangio and Moss and a regular wheel base car for Hermann. Fangio sat on pole, but retired at mid-distance with transmission troubles.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1955-56 Ferrari-Lancia D50: Fangio took 2nd at the 1956 Italian GP at Monza with this D50. Peter Collins handed this car over to team leader Juan Manuel Fangio when his D50 developed steering problems. This result gave Fangio the championship, Collins finished 3rd. If he had continued on in his car, he would have been champion instead. This act of sportsmanship endeared Collins to Fangio, as well as legions of fans.
Model by BRUMM 1/43.

1957 Vanwall VW (57): Stirling Moss drove this car at the 1958 Italian GP, but retired due to gearbox trouble. His DNF cost him the Drivers Championship. Vanwall fielded three team cars for 1958.
Model by ATLAS 1/43 Lyndon Crowe Diorama
1957 Vanwall VW (57): Driven by Stirling Moss at the German GP to a 5th pl. finish. Moss drove for the F1 team of Tony Vandervell for the 1957 and 1958 seasons. He narrowly lost to Mike Hawthorne the Drivers Championship in '58, but Vanwall won the Constructor's championship.
Model by SCALEXTRIC 1/32
1957 Vanwall VW (57): Colin Chapman was hired to to try to engineer the Vanwall's and Frank Costin provided the aerodynamic design. Together, they created one of the most successful F1 cars of the 50's, along with former Jaguar engine designer Harry Weslake who did the engine development.
Model by BRUMM 1/43

1957 Maserati 250F: As he had done in 1954, the great Juan Manuel Fangio drove the 250F to his fifth World Championship in 1957. In this car, he was to finish 1st at the '57 German GP at the Nurburgring. He overcame a 50 second deficit in just 20 laps, passing the race leader on the final lap to take the win.
Model by SCALEXTRIC 1/32
1957 Maserati 250F (WORLD CHAMPION): Former Ferrari chief designer Gioacchino Colombo along with engineer Valerio Colotti were responsible for the chassis, suspension and transmission of the 250F, which debuted in 1954. For 1957, the 250F was powered by either a 2.5L 6 or 12-cyl. engine producing 270 bhp.
Model by BRUMM 1/43
1957 Maserati 250F (57): Harry Schell drove to a 4th place finish at 1957 Argentina GP. 1957 would be the final year for Maserati as an entrant in F1, as the company went into receivership. The 250F however soldiered on in private hands in occasional appearances in F1 up until 1961.
Model by STROMBECKER 1/32

1957 Maserati 250F: Jo Bonnier drove this Scuderia Centro Sud entry to 7th place at the 1957 Argentina GP. Maserati behind the great Fangio finished 1-2-3-4 in that race, the first of the 1957 F1 season.
Model by BRUMM 1/43
1957 Maserati 250F:
Model by CMC 1/18
1957 Ferrari 801: Ferrari modified the chassis and engine of the D50 and gave it the new designation of 801. They were outpaced during the 1957 season however, by Maserati and Vanwall. Three second place finishes was the best the team could do that season. Mike Hawthorne was second at the German GP in this car.
Model by IXO 1/43

1957 Belond Exhaust Special: George Salih designed one of the most famous Indy 500 cars, a revolutionary new roadster with a near horizontal Offy engine titlted 72 degrees. This provided a better center of gravity, reduced frontal area and drag from a car just 21" off the ground. The result was a new era of "lay-down" styling of Indy cars, which were faster than similar 4-cyl. Offy engines as the traditional front engine roadsters. Salih with car builder Quin Epperly, built the new car without major backing. With sponsorship by Belond Racing Exhausts, Salih hired veteran Indy driven Sam Hanks to drive the 1957 race. Not only did Hanks win, but the next year, Jimmy Bryan repeated the victory the next year!. This is the car as Bryan's drove it in 1958.
Model by REPLICARZ 1/43

1958 Lotus-Climax 12: The 12 was Lotus' first venture into single seat racing with what was to become Colin Chapman's signature of producing low weight and low drag race cars. The 12 employedspace frame construction with a 5-speed transaxle at the rear and rear suspension employed 'Chapman struts' seen for the first time. It was powered by a 2.2L DOHC Climax four-cylinder engine. It was also the first Lotus to have magnesium alloy, wobbly-web wheels to reduce weight. Despite its engineering advances, the 12 was not a success in F1, with Cliff Allison achieving its best finish (4th place at the Belgian GP at Spa) in this car.
Model by SPARK 1/43
1958 Ferrari D246: Peter Collins joined his great friend Hawthorne in the 1958 team and scored his third GP win with this car at the 1958 British GP. Tragically, he would be killed at the German GP a month later.
Model by BRUMM 1/43
1959 Ferrari D246: For 1959. Ferrari would field three cars for Phill Hill, Tony Brooks and Jean Behra. Brooks has an outstanding season fighting off the Coopers, narrowly losing the World Championship to Jack Brabham. Brooks won both the French and German Grand Prix'swith this car being the Germany GP winner at Avus.
Model by IXO 1/43.
1959 Lotus-Climax 16: The Lotus 16 was the second single seat race car produced by Lotus and was built to both F1 and F2 specs. The F1 car had a 2.5L Coventry Climax 4-cylinder engine. The 16 did not have great succes in F1, but paved the way for the 18. Graham Hill drove this car to 7th place at the 1959 Dutch GP.
Model by SPARK 1/43

1959 Cooper-Climax T51 WORLD CHAMPION & CONSTRUCTORS CHAMPION: The Cooper T51 helped start the revolution towards rear-engines in open wheel cars. The T51 was powered by the 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine which Cooper and Lotus had commissioned Coventry Climax to build specifically for their rear-engined machines. Jack Brabham won the World Drivers Championship in 1959 and Cooper wone the Constructors title, wining three races and finishing on the podium nine times in the 1959 season.
Model by BRUMM 1/43
All Hail Gurney!
1959 Cooper-Climax T51: Had he been able to finish more than three races, Stirling Moss would have won the World Drivers Championship for the 1959 seaso, driving Rob Walker's private entry Cooper-Climax T51. Of the nine races, Moss failed to finish four and was disqualified from one. He finished third in the points for the Championship behind Jack Brabham (Cooper) and Tony Brooks (Ferrari). He undoubtedly was fst though, setting four poles, setting fastest lap in almost every race and winning two races, including the Italian GP at Monza in this car.
Model by QUARTZO 1/43
1959 Aston Martin DBR4: Aston Martin intended to capitalize on its sports car racing success in Formula One, launching the DBR4 in the 1959 season. The team made its debut at the Dutch GP, with cars for both Roy Salvadori and Carrol Shelby as drivers. The DBR4 was built on the DB3S sportscar chassis, and used that car's 2.4L straight-six engine. Unfortunately, the long time it took to develop the car meant that by the time it was ready, it was way behind the other cars on the F1 grid. The Aston team only entered four F1 races in 1959, the best finish for what is perhaps the most beautiful f1 car of the era,was a 6th place finish by Salvadori at the British GP.
Model by SMTS 1/43


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