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  • F500 Ferrari Model

    A terrific 1950's model Ferrari F500 F2:
    During the 1952 season Alberto Ascari and his Ferrari F500 F2 were in a class of their own; he dominated the world championship, winning each of the six Grands Prix he entered that year. Over 1952 and 1953 he took nine straight Grand Prix victories and it was not until the middle of the ’53 season that he lost a race. He still, however, went on to win his second championship later that year.
    In order to celebrate Ferrari and Ascari’s achievements, Ferrari teamed up with the Italian produce company Toschi. They commissioned the model makers Marchesini (M.L.B. -Marchesini Luigi Bologna), to build a scale model of the F500. The body of the car consisted of two die-cast metal alloy shells (top and bottom sections produced by Fonderpress), arranged so that the inside of the car could originally house bottles of Toschi Liqueurs. The model was also supplied with a rubber band powered engine and assembly instructions showing how it could later be mounted in the car to provide power.
    These generous promotional gifts were given to racing drivers, celebrities of the day and favoured customers.

    Marked Internally:
    Fonderpress

    Marked externally:
    Toschi Vignola
    Brevettato M.L.B
    Made in Italy

    Dimensions: 55 cm/21½ inches (length) x 24 cm/9½ inches (width) x 17 cm/6¾ inches (height)
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