1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial
The first of these cars were built by a young coach builder from Modena called Scaglietti who had become inspired by a design created by Dino Ferrari.
The models built for sale to the public were the work of Pininfarina who built around 15 of the spiders in all.
In total, 21 examples of the original 500 Mondial were built. Most wore Pininfarina bodies, although several featured Scaglietti coachwork designed by Dino Ferrari. The 500 Mondial was successful from the outset, with class wins at Barcelona, Casablanca, Imola, and the Mille Miglia.
The 500 Mondial featured a two-liter, twin-cam, four-cylinder engine designed by Chief Engineer Aurelio Lampredi. This engine, the Tipo 110, was a direct development from the inline four used by Ferrari’s champion 500 F2 Grand Prix cars. It featured gear-driven camshafts, dry sump lubrication, hemispherical combustion chambers, and screw-in cylinder liners. Each cylinder displaced just under 500 cc, hence the “500” in the model name. This model acquitted itself very honorably indeed in a whole host of races, topping its category in many.
Ferrari 500 Mondial Technical Specifications
Year of Manufacture – 1953
|type||front, longitudinal in-line-four|
|bore/stroke||90 x 78 mm|
|unitary displacement||496.21 cc|
|total displacement||1984.86 cc|
|compression ratio||8.5 : 1|
|maximum power||125 kW (170 hp) at 7000 rpm|
|power per litre||86 hp/l|
|valve actuation||twin overhead camshafts per bank, two valves per cylinder|
|fuel feed||two Weber 45 DCOA/3 carburettors|
|ignition||two spark plugs per cylinder, two coils|
|front suspension||independent, unequal-length wishbones, transverse leaf spring, Houdaille hydraulic shock absorbers|
|rear suspension||de Dion, twin radius arms, transverse leaf spring, Houdaille hydraulic shock absorbers|
|transmission||5-speed + reverse|
|steering||worm and sector|
|fuel tank||capacity 150 litres|
|front tyres||5.25 x 16|
|rear tyres||6.00 x 16|
|type||two-seater spider, berlinetta|
|front track||1278 mm|
|rear track||1284 mm|
|weight||720 kg (dry)|
|top speed||236 km/h|
|acceleration 0-100 km/h||–|
Ferrari 500 Mondial Valuations
500 Mondials with good race history will fetch anywhere between $5-$7 Million