Grand Prix History in Scale Models

1950, Clemente Biondetti, Ferrari, Villa Model

1950 Ferrari 166 –Jaguar Biondetti

This special car is one of the most unusual and mysterious vehicle ever started in World Championship race. Italian veteran Clemente Biondetti made his name in pre-war Grand Prix racing. In 1950 he was 52 but continued to compete in sports car and endurance events. Biondetti entered in 1950 Italian Grand Prix as private entry with the car listed as Ferrari-Jaguar. Actually the car was a hybrid of the body from Ferrari 166 and the engine from Jaguar XK120 sports car self-built by Biondetti.  Biondetti’s major victories have occurred in the last years of his racing career. In 1947-49 Clemente won three straight Mille Miglia races, and took the 1948 and 1949 Targa Florio driving Ferrari 166 sports cars. In 1950 Targa Florio Biondetti was the member of Jaguar works team, but his XK120 retired due to blown engine when Biondetti was running second behind Alberto Ascari.  After the race Clemente asked the Jaguar to covert the sports car to F1 racer, but was denied. However, Jaguar let him have the blown motor from the Targa. Biondetti combined it with the body parts of his Ferrari 166 sports car. Some sources suggest that he also used Maserati frame. The chassis most probably was  Ferrari 166 02C – the very first Ferrari ever sold outside of the company. Anyway, the hybrid was assembled, and Biondetti managed to qualify 25th on the field of 27 cars. However engine problems forced him out of the race after just 17 laps.

1950F1WCItalian GP
Driver No.Entrant
Clemente Biondetti22Clemente Biondetti
Scale ManufacturerCollection
1:43Villa Model
Cat. No.QualityRarity

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