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Handover in 1955

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car into transporter

car into transporter

One of the most compelling moments in Lancia history was the historic handover of the Formula One cars to Ferrari in July 1955. The handover took place in the courtyard of Lancia’s plant in Turin. Six cars and many crates of parts were loaded onto transporters and delivered to Maranello.

Various photos of the event exist, including a famous retouched photo where the Pirelli logo has been eliminated from the transporter. Not seen before is this clip found by Luigi De Virgilio of film footage of the event. Also shown is the shipping and loading of B24 Spiders onto the James Madison, for shipment to the US.

Its rather amazing what comes out of the woodwork these days.

D50 Handover

transporter leaving Lancia plant

transporter leaving Lancia plant

Written by Geoff

July 23, 2013 at 4:46 pm

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  1. Amazing stuff…………..
    How much more is still languishing in drawers, trunks, and boxes all over Italy?

    Sam Danenberger IV

    July 23, 2013 at 6:30 pm

  2. That is a remarkable piece of Lancia history, Geoff. Why was the film made? Can you say more about where it has been all these years? It has the look and feel of a newsreel, especially the staccato delivery of the narrator, but I cannot see a general film audience finding the subject interesting. Perhaps I do not understand Italian film audiences of the 1950s. Thank you for posting it! Tom

    Tom Frisardi

    August 7, 2013 at 11:26 am

    • Hard to know. There are many different videos and film strips emerging from 1950s Italy. Some are by BP or news agencies of races and rallies, while others are simply newsworthy events. What is remarkable is that there seems to be film on most anything. Folks in the history of media might help here, but for now, I’m just glad we get to find this stuff. There is (elsewhere on the blog) other videos, and a visit to Youtube will find even clips of Fangio driving a D50!

      Geoff

      August 7, 2013 at 9:37 pm


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