Ferrari 412 MI, Monza Indianapolis chassis tipo 524

In 1957 Ferrari entered the Mille Miglia with a new 4 cam V12 engine in a new car the 335 Sport. In one of these 335 Sports team driver Marques de Portago and his friend and navigator Ed Nelson ran off the road killing them both, ten Italian spectators and the Mille Miglia as a race. The engine was removed from the wreck and installed in a “Grand Prix” car for the Monza race of “Two Worlds” where Musso drove it to a 3rd overall. In 1958 California Ferrari distributor John von Neumann wanted a car to beat the West Coast RAI Scarab Chevrolet Specials. In answer to von Neumann’s request this same engine from the cars of de Portago and Musso was installed in a 1957 250 Testa Rosa chassis body by Scaglietti. Phil Hill début this potent combination at the 1958 Watkins Glen Formula Libre race and a month later at the Riverside GP on both occasions he was a DNF.

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Comment by Dennis Gray on March 15, 2009 at 10:59am
This is the car now driven by Chris Cox in Vintage events. You can see a history of the car here . The one big visual difference is it is now painted a red red. When it originally raced and when I filmed the 412 was a brown red almost the color that the pre-war alfas are but highly polished. I have a side view print similar to the last frames of this spot signed by Phil Hill a prized possession. Dennis
Comment by Dennis Gray on March 15, 2009 at 7:58am
No, that's it I had always planed to ad footage, early morning almost dark to sunrise magic hour light of the car running around Laguna or Willow. Something happened before I got that footage shot. I think the car changed hands, made this up of the footage I had. This spot is at least twenty years old.
Comment by Stephen Page on March 15, 2009 at 5:52am
Hi Dennis
Great story !!!!
Is there more to the video?
My play lasted 30+/- seconds.
Warmest regards - Stephen

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