- 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta Scaglietti “Short Nose” Serial #06741 (1 of 236) story & photos: Royce Rumsey

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Imagine a Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este winning 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT stately parked underneath the wing of a perfectly restored B-25 Mitchell, or a collection of Dan Gurney’s race cars under the watchful gaze of a Douglas A-26 Invader or perhaps a Maharaja’s 1935 Duesenberg SJ Gurney Nutting Speedster adjacent to a perfect B-17 Flying Fortress.

Welcome to the Lyon Air Museum…which has established itself as one of the premiere venues for some of the most renowned classic and competition vehicles. Unique to the Lyon are presentations of some of the worlds most desirable collector cars in tasteful arrangement with the concours-condition historical aircraft.

Due to this esteemed reputation, when it was announced earlier this year that Ferrari would be the Museum’s featured marque for it’s annual summer exhibit some of the most revered collectors readily made some of the most incredible Modena machinery available for display.

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Pinin Farina Series IChassis #0438 MD with a B-25 "Mitchell"

Due to this esteemed reputation, when it was announced earlier this year that Ferrari would be the Museum’s featured marque for it’s annual summer exhibit some of the most revered collectors readily made some of the most incredible Modena machinery available for display.

Naturally, the exhibit includes a F40, a Testarossa, a “Chairs and Flares’ Dino, and Daytona Spyder, a one-off 550 Barchetta, a La Ferrari Aperta and other celebrated, Ferraris…but there are five very special Prancing Horses in the summer stable that warrant particular note:

1951 Ferrari 212 Export Touring Barchetta Chassis #0102 E

1951 Ferrari 212 Export Touring Barchetta with 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT

C​ustom "Borano" body designed for The Racers film, to be fitted to the 212 Export Touring chassis

1​951 212 Export Touring Barchetta (with 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Pinin Farina Series I)

The 1.5ltr Columbo V12 powered 1951 “Little Boat” contributed to the establishment of the Ferrari marque and aesthetic of what the public had in mind as a ‘race car’ in the early ‘50s.

Accordingly, when Hollywood green-lighted “The Racers” film (starring Kirk Douglas) this particular Barchetta was the Phil Hill procured and featured car. Additionally, P-51 veteran John Fitch drove this car in the 1954 Mille Miglia to promote the film. However, in keeping with Hollywood “flair” a more pronounced body was designed to be adapted to the car for the film and the car was assigned the “Borano” name. Both the original, burgundy car and its “rosso corso” “Borano” body are a very unique Ferrari exhibit.

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Pinin Farina Series I Chassis #0438 MD

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Pinin Farina Series I (with 1​951 212 Export Touring Barchetta and "Borano" body)

954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Pinin Farina Series I (with 275 GTB "Shortnose")

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Pinin Farina Series I Chassis #0438 MD

The Mondial 500 name was created to note Ferrari’s 1952 and 1953 Drivers’ World Championships (with the “500” in reference to each cylinder’s displacement, per Ferrari norm). Ferrari Chief Engineer Aurelio Lampredi designed the DOHC Hemi in-line 4-pot to compete in Formula 2 hill climbs and it dominated both. Pininfarina penned one of the most striking and handsome open-air bodies in automotive history—that still influences car designs 60+ years later.

This particular example (1 of 18) at Celebrazione Ferrari is a Pebble Beach victor as well as a great history of Torrey Pines, Santa Barbara and Pebble Beach road races.

1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta Scaglietti “Short Nose” Serial #06741 (1 of 236)

1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta Scaglietti “Short Nose” ( 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Pinin Farina Series I)

To many Ferrari aficionados the 275 is one of the most iconic and beautiful Ferraris. Most certainly, its design language is one very readily associated with Ferrari aesthetic to car people around the world. The 3.3 ltr Columbo V12 provides 300 anxious ponies to provide this beautiful Ferrari with aggressive performance (finishing 4th in the 1994 Tour de France) matching its looks. This particular “Classiche Certified” short nose is made even more graceful in its sans bumbers clean look.

1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Scaglietti Series II Chassis #0580 MD (1 of 7)

1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Scaglietti Series II ( 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT)

Following the success of the Series I, the 1955 Series II Mondial took on an even more aggressive look via the design of Dino Ferrari himself!. Scaglietti translated Dino’s sketches into a beautiful form which commands attention by all who see it.

Along with the new body, the Series II drivetrain was upgraded in horsepower, suspension changes (coils replacing leaf-springs), magnetos replacing distributors and transmission improvements. But that body..oh, that body!

This particular Mondial II was campaigned in both road and ice-racing in Sweden in the late fifties with respectable finishes. Since then it’s competed in every Mille Miglia from 1994-2010 and has been lovingly cared-for with Classiche certified restorations and garnering a Pebble Beach 1st in class victory.

1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT Chassis #0419GT

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is universally regarded as the absolute most elegant and desirable of all such concours gatherings. It represents a veritable ‘best of the best of the best” where only winners from other concours events are usually invited. To win this event is an unmatched success for any collector car.

This magnificent 1955 250 Europa GT is the gold winner of Villa d’Este…making this arguably one of the most beautiful and perfect Ferraris in the world. Period.

But this graceful and elegant, Classiche-certified Europa GT is no ‘trailer queen’ as it has competed also in the famed Mille Milglia!

This quintent of arguably some of the most remarkable and famous of all collector Ferraris provides a great example of how and why the Lyon Air Museum has established itself as a world-class, premier classic car exhibit venue.

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