German Driver Kurt Adolff drove this Ferrari 500 for Ecurie Espadon in the 1953 German Grand Prix. Swiss racing stable Ecurie Espadon was founded by Swiss driver Rudi Fischer in 1948, and competed in Formula 2 and Formula 1 until 1953. Adolff, former WWII paratrooper, competed in German BMW-engined cars in Formula 2 and sports car racing achieving modest success. In 1950 he was runner-up overall in the German sports car championship and in 1951 took second place in West German Formula 2 race at the Munich-Riem Airport. In 1952 he turned down an offer from Alfred Neubauer, a works Mercedes-Benz for the Carrera Panamericana because he could not spend several weeks abroad. The contract was awarded to Karl Kling, from whom Adolff bought his first Veritas. He was offered a drive in Rudi Fischer’s Ferrari  at his home German Grand Prix in 1953, but in his only World Championship race Adolff retired after only a few laps. At the end of 1953, 32 years old Adolff retired from driving due to his business interests (he ran a textile company, being the scion of the family business). Adolff also competed in bobsleigh, was a fine hunter and also served for a time as a consul to Chile.

SeasonSeriesEvent
1953F2WCGerman GP
Driver No.Entrant
Kurt Adolff34Ecurie Espadon
Scale ManufacturerCollection
1:43IXOFabbri Ferrari F1 Collection
Cat. No.QualityRarity
No. 37