Monday, July 31, 2017

1951 Italcorsa/Tarf II

Piero Taruffi designed and drove this car.  He achieved seven speed records in 1951 and 1952.  Power was from a 1,720cc Maserati four cylinder engine with two-stage supercharging.  It developed 290 bhp.  It featured chain drive and steering was accomplished with control sticks.  The rear rudders compensated for prevailing winds.

On March 20, 1951, Taruffi drove this car to a pair of speed records for the flying mile as well as the flying kilometer.  The flying mile record was 185.49 mph and the flying kilometer record was 180.55mph.

Sotheby's sold this car in 2012 for 89,600 Euro.  Additional information about the car can be seen on Sotheby's site.

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