The Lancia D50 Formula 1

The 1955 Lancia D50 Formula 1 in these photographs was a threat even to German carmaker Mercedes-Benz, which at the time enjoyed strong growth and a string of racing victories.

Lancia spared no expense to create the D50 (the first and only Formula 1 competitive model the Turin-based company ever produced), entrusting the legendary Vittorio Jano with its design.

Despite owner Gianni Lancia’s investment, and the involvement of racing superstars such as Alberto Ascari and Luigi Villoresi, the brand did not fulfill its dreams of glory.

After a defeat at the 1955 Belgium Grand Prix (won by Manuel Fangio for Mercedes-Benz, of course), and Gianni Lancia’s goodbye to the family company, the six D50 Formula 1 were sold to Ferrari.

The model became known as Ferrari-Lancia D50, and driven by Manuel Fangio won the 1956 Formula 1 World Championship.

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November 11, 2016