Ancient Grand Prix Racer

Speaking of crazy racing, today's #FerrariFriday harkens back to a time when grand prix racing really was mind bogglingly dangerous. Driver deaths were a regular occurrence because the track and car safety just wasn't there. Look at the car -- there's the suggestion of a roll-over bar, but since the drivers were wearing leather helmets and goggles, and generally not wearing seat belts, there was little to prevent the drivers from getting thrown from the cars during accidents, and nothing to protect them after they'd departed.
Ferrari 156
2001 Mainline #50
All that said, we owe a lot to the racers of that time and the cars they drove. This represents one of the oldest Ferrari cars to be made into a Hot Wheels model. Things were very simple back then, a big motor tucked into a torpedo body, with tiny wheels and even more primitive brakes. But they were loud, and fast, and we loved them.

Even for a mainline car you can see some nice details -- the engine and exhausts cast into the car's base, the engine headers as part of the interior insert, and the Ferrari logos on the nose and front cockpit. The wheels even look like the classic short-reach suspension barely connecting them to the car. There's even a hint of the radiators in the gaps in the nose. This styling is a cross between blunt utilitarianism and the very dawn of aerodynamic concessions.

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