1950's Baby Ferrari Bambino Racer V12
(Featured on 31st May 2011)
Model: Bambino Racer V12
Sellers original description:
Very cool original (not a replica) 1950’s Baby Ferrari Bambino Racer V12 Ferrari electric child’s car – finished in Ferrari red over black leather interior with red piping. This is a fully-functioning electric car that can be driven by a child. This is the ultimate toy for any child – a genuine functioning vehicle! This car has been treated to an extensive complete mechanical and cosmetic restoration by a well-known Ferrari shop, including all new paint, leather interior, and rebuilt motor. The full wiring harness and all other systems are new or refinished, and the car is complete and working perfectly.
Built by S.I.L.A. in Turin, Italy and styled by the famous Italian auto designer Giovanni Michelotti, these wonderful child's cars were based on the open Ferrari spyder of the day, with a shapely sculpted fiberglass body, electric motor, and working lights - what more could a kid ask for? These are fun child's vintage sports cars in the same class as the Baby Bugatti of the 1920’s. Many of these ended up in the families of prominent people, and it’s believed that Dwight D. Eisenhower's grandchildren had them! Imported into the USA by Ferrari, Inc. of San Francisco. Period advertising in this country proclaimed them as 'A Real Car - for pre-teen men and women of distinction'.
These are exceptionally rare and hard to find. The most recent car that we found was featured on Discovery HD Theater’s “Chasing Classic Cars,” hosted by Wayne Carini, Season 2, Episode 6. That same car, owned by Wayne Carini, was sold in 2009 at Bonham’s Exceptional Motorcars and Automobilia at Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club, Carmel, CA. It sold for $17,843.00, plus buyers and sellers commissions – at the height of the recession. This is the only known complete and restored Baby Ferrari Bimbo Racer V12 known to be on the market in the world at this time.
Two-passenger (children) open roadster.
Full leather interior and seat.
Fitted rubber floor mat.
Footpedal brakes and accelerator, hand brake.
Electric motor with rear-wheel chain drive.
Three forward gears.
12-volt battery with charging system.
Full range steering.
Full front & rear suspension, springs.
Rubber pneumatic tires with Siata wire wheel covers.
Electric sealed-beam headlights.
Electric single tail-light.
Italian-style sports horn.
Full trim and badging.
Maximum Speed – 7-mph.
Maximum Range – 35-miles.
Endurance – 5 to 7 hours.
Maximum Grade – 20%
Full-stop from Max. Speed – 10-feet.