We are pleased to offer 196 SP replica s/n 2527, a wallet–friendly, left–hand–drive, alloy–bodied replica based on 1959 Ferrari 196 SP s/n 0776. Finished in excellent Giallo “fly yellow” paint on a beautifully proportioned alloy body with excellent panel fit and serious attention to construction and detail. From the fit of the grille and driving lights to the headlight covers, hood opening, side vents, door gaps and trunk opening, the attention to detail in the panel fit and finish of the alloy construction is superb. The cockpit features a pleated red full–leather interior with a padded headrest and Sabelt competition seat belts with a quick release. The cockpit show attention to construction, detail and comfort with deep foot wells and excellent legroom for the tallest driver, finished with high-quality paint and detail work in the cockpit, side panels and firewall. A full-width plexi windscreen keep the wind off your face and triple period-correct rear view mirrors allow the driver to look back at the cars just passed. The period-correct steering wheel makes for light and precise steering, the 5-speed gearshift falls easily to hand and the correct period–type dash and gauges are nicely instrumented with oil temperature, water temperature, oil pressure, fuel level and a large tachometer, all with Ferrari logos. The alloy fuel tank has a quick fill and the trunk area offers luggage space with a leather hold-down strap inside the trunk compartment. There is adequate storage room in both the cockpit and trunk.
196 SP replica s/n 2527 has had one long–term owner from new in 1994 until 2015 who had a 2.4 liter Dino engine built to 2.6 liter specs with twin-plug heads and a twelve-plug distributor by Valley Heads, a well-known Italian engine specialist. Fitted with Crane cams, high–compression pistons and larger valves. This highly-tuned 4–cam 246 engine is topped off with three velocity–stack–topped Webers putting out a dyno–tested 235 HP with 205 PF torque at 6,000 RPM. Double-dual exhaust provides all the right sounds and a full syncro five–speed gearbox puts the power to the ground. The engine and engine bay are beautifully detailed. All receipts for the work are available.
Legend has it that the Ferrari V6 engine was originally conceived in 1955 as a 1.5 liter DOHC V6 engine for the Formula 2 series and was inspired by Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari, the son of Enzo Ferrari, who died at the young age of 24 of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. While hospitalized, “Dino” discussed technical details of the 1.5-liter V6 with fellow Ferrari engineer Vittorio Jano who saw the project through to completion. Alfredo would never see the engine run; he died in Modena on 30 June 1956 at the age of 24. From 1958 to 1960 the Factory built four front-engine sports prototypes in the 196 SP Series as 3/4 scale versions of the 250 TR, with what is essentially a 250 TR V-12 engine cut across the middle to make a V6. Each of the four cars (s/n 0740, 0776, 0778 and 0784) were campaigned as Factory team cars and raced at famed tracks such as Monza, Goodwood, the Targa Florio, the Nurburgring, the Nassau Speed Week, Sebring in the US, Le Mans and various Italian hillclimbs. Over their short careers these front-engine V6 prototypes raced with both two-cam and four-cam engines in 1.9 liter, 2.4 liter and 2.65 liter configuration depending upon the race and regulations.
196 SP replica s/n 2527 is mounted on 600 L 15 front and 650 L 15 rear Dunlop Vintage Racing tires fitted to Borrani RW 3690 15 X 6 front and deep dish Borrani RW 3801/B 15 X 6 1/2 rear wheels. Four wheel disc brakes combined with light weight slow it down and the highly-tuned four-cam 2.65 liter V6 provides no lack of power for spirited driving, making for a very user-friendly event car With the original 196 SP s/n 0776 valued at well over $5,000,000, this replica is very true to the original concept and fully functional for event or road use. 196 SP replica s/n 2527 looks great, runs great, shows a very high attention to detail, makes all the right sounds, and is fast, light and nimble to drive. 196 SP replica s/n 2527 weighs only 1800 lbs with 450 lbs on each corner, so a well balanced car. When built the twin-cam, twin-plus V6 produced 235 hp at the rear wheels and 250 hp at the flywheel. 196 SP replica s/n 2527 is street legal with a Wyoming title and is a fully–sorted event car.
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