1956 'Ferrari' Bimbo Racer Child's Car

Summary

  • Type 
    Automobilia
  • Year of manufacture 
    1/1956
  • Location

Description

• 1956 'Ferrari' Bimbo Racer Child's Car
• Based on a Ferrari 375MM Spyder
• Hand-built by S.I.L.A. in Torino, Italy
• Designed by Giovanni Michelotti
• Everything original and complete from 1956
• Original 12V electric power train and controls
• Original fiberglass body
• Restored Red paint
• Original Pirelli tires, wheels, hubcaps
• Original Tan seat upholstery

A rare 'Bimboracer V12' two seat child's motorised car by S.I.L.A. OF TURIN, Italy styled by Giovanni Michelotti, based on the Ferrari 375MM Spyder, this example is in 'As new' condition, finished in Ferrari red over cream interior, stylised Ferrari body, electric motor, and working lights. When these cars were imported into the USA by Ferrari, Inc. of San Francisco, they were advertised as being 'A Real Car - for pre-teen men and women of distinction'.

Designed by Giovanni Michelotti to resemble the Ferrari 375MM, they were hand built by S.I.L.A. in Torino, Italy, and imported into the U.S. and Canada by Ferrari, Inc., of South San Francisco, California. Powered by an electric engine, the car could travel nearly 35 miles at about 7 MPH before needing a charge. It also features independent front and rear torsion-bar suspension along with four-in. rear brakes with fade-resistant linings.

Measuring 5-feet 6-inches long with a 3-foot 4-inch wheelbase, the car is 23-inches tall at the top of the windshield and 29-inches wide, making it possible to carry two small children. Advertising for the day touted, “A real car! For pre-teen men and women of distinction,” and went on describing the merits of owning a Baby Ferrari, aspects like its ability to climb 20-percent grades and that the 12-volt battery could last for about five or six hours between charging. These Bimbo Racers were well-constructed scale juniors, assembled with quality parts from the factory. The quality of the fiberglass body is also evident, one that is resilient and durable in nature.

In recent years, juniors, especially Bimbo Racers, have largely become sought after by collectors and enthusiasts for several reasons. Like art sculpture, a few factors play into collectability for a junior, four major ones being designer, manufacturer, quality and rarity. The Bimbo Racer possesses all four in droves, plus adds a level of extreme originality that is rarely, if ever, seen to the mix, making it one of the most desirable juniors of all.