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51655

CMC 1956 Ferrari D50 long nose GP Germany #1 Fangio

Diecast Model Car 1:18, Limited Edition 1500 pieces by CMC Model Cars Code: 51655 Format: MODEL Publication date: 15/10/2018 Availability: Available. Usually dispatched 1-3 business days Price: AU $740.00

One year after the 1955 tragic accident that took place in Le Mans,  the Grand Prix of Germany resumed at the Nürburgring on August 5, 1956. It was also the seventh race in the eight-round contest of the 1956 World Cup.

Turning to the competition for the World Championship of Drivers, British driver Peter Collins was one point ahead of Juan Manuel Fangio, a teammate in Scuderia Ferrari, and four points ahead of Jean Behr-a, a rival pilot from Maserati. All three were hopefuls for the title. Stirling Moss, another 

title contender, was so behind that his only chance consisted in a disasterous collective failure of the three forerunners. 

As far as the race was concerned, the two Italian teams Ferrari and Maserati were the pace setters and most promising winners. Apart from Fangio and Collins, Ferrari had Eugenio Castellotti, Luigi Musso and Alfredo de Portago at its call. Maserati was most likely to count on Stirling Moss or Jean Behra for a win. But there were also Cesare Perdisa and Paco Godia whom Maserati could use in time of need. As for the French racing team Gordini, it would take to the race with two cars only. The same was true of the team of Scuderia Centro Sud, which had a Maserati 250F, a Ferrari 500, and nothing else.  Of course, one should also take into consideration the contest that might be put up by six private drivers.

Ascaris fatal accident in the wake of the 1955 Monaco GP and the persisting financial difficulties proved to be the last straw for Scuderia Lancia. It handed over the D50 fleet, the inventory of parts, blue prints, and documents to Ferrari. Ferrari engineers immediately began to modify the Lancia vehicles. What Fer-rari did to the Lancia D50 was not without ground-breaking innovations. It started a period seemingly dominated by the new Lancia-Ferrari D50 (later “Ferrari D50“ only).  The 1956 Grand Prix of Germany stood witness to the ascendance of the Lncia-Ferrari D50 as a new rising star.

Ferraris star driver Juan Manuel Fangio arrived in a D50 fitted with a long nose. Interestingly, Peter Col-lins also chose to use a longnose D50 for this race. The long nose gave the cars a more sleek appearance, except that Fangio’s car had the tip of its nose painted with a blue/yellow stripe. In contrast, the stripe on the nose tip of Collins‘ car was green. 

In the qualifying practice, only three tenths of a second separatd Fangio and Collins, and it sent 
Fangio to pole position. Castellotti took the third starting place after Collins. Behind Castellotti was Stir-ling Moss.

The 22-lap race on the Nurburgring lasted 501.82 km in tota. It began well for Ferrari. Even before the first corner, Collins managed to take the lead. However, Fangio overtook him in the first lap and never gave up his lead until the end of the race. During the race, Fangio and Collins repeatedly broke the 17-year-old track record, and a new record time was eventually set at 9: 41.6 min by Fangio. Unfortunately, Collins crashed during the race and had to call it quits. In the end, only seven drivers crossed the finish ine. Fangio won with a clear lead of 45 seconds over Stirling Moss, who finished a few seconds ahead of Maserati driver Behra for a second place.

The big winner of the race was certainly Juan Manuel Fangio, who claimed pole position, victory and the fastest lap time. In the drivers contest, J.M. Fangio again took the lead and went with an advantage of eight points in the season finale at the still outstanding GP Italy in Monza.

MODEL DESCRIPTION

 •    Metal precision model hand-built from 1,161 parts
•    Detachable and lockable engine hood
•    Flip-open ventilation lid for the driver´s footwell
•    Detail-exact replication of the V8 engine with pipes and cabling
•    Bundled exhaust pipes made of metal
•    Triangular front axle with shock absorbers, front suspension with
wishbones, transverse leaf spring, all made of metal
•    Rear suspension with De-Dion-tube, transverse leaf spring, pushrods and
friction dampers, all made of metal
•    Hand-crafted stainless steel grille
•    Oil cooler installed in front of the radiator
•    Detailed replication of the fuel and oil circulation as well as the cooling system
•    Hinged flip-open fuel and oil filler caps
•    Upholstered leather-covered driver’s seat and head-rest
•    Amazingly realistic and perfectly crafted wheels with stainless-steel spokes and nipples mounted on an alloy rim 
•    Authentically-replicated central locking nuts with right-/left-handed threads 
•    Elegant finish by hand in the original color and hue

Special feature as accessory: Booster trolley with separate assist start device

 

TECHNICAL DATA OF THE ORIGINAL VEHICLE:

•    Monoposto built on a tubular frame with free-standing wheels 
•    2.5-litre V8 engine as a stressed member of the chassis 
•    Two valves per cylinder controlled by two overhead camshafts 
•    Dry sump oil lubrication 
•    Mixture preparation with four Solex 40 PII double carburettors 
•    Dual ignition (two plugs per cylinder)
•    Five-speed manual gearbox installed behind the driver 
•    Triangular front axle with shock absorbers, front suspension with
wishbones, transverse leaf spring, all made of metal
•    Rear suspension with De-Dion-tube, transverse leaf spring, pushrods and
friction dampers, all made of metal

Format: MODEL
Availability: Available. Usually dispatched 1-3 business days
Publisher: CMC MODELS
Publication date: 15/10/2018
Country of publication: AUSTRALIA
Weight: 1200 g
Dimensions: 0mm X 0mm
Code: 51655