The victories and tragedies of the Ferrari 335 S

Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti 1957

The Ferrari 335 S was born in the second half of the 1950s, when the engines of the historical Mille Miglia made the hearts of many Italian fans roar.

The year was 1957, and the 335 S – an evolution of Saglietti’s 315 S – geared up for “the most beautiful race in the world” by participating (and placing sixth) at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March.

In May, the beautiful model – embodying all the finesse, purity and lightness of Italian cars of that period – was ready to engage in the 1,600 kilometers of the iconic Rome-Brescia round trip.

That would be the first and last “Mille Miglia” for the 335 S, because tragedy awaited before the finish line. Near Guidizzolo, in the province of Mantua, a tire exploded and the car ran off the road at high speed, killing Spanish pilot Alfonso de Portago, co-pilot Edmond Nelson, and eleven spectators.

After the accident, substantial limits to motor racing were enforced throughout the country.

Only four Ferrari 335 S were ever made. This magnificent model – after victories at the Grand Prix of Venezuela, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 1,000 Kilometer of Venezuela – ended its career in 1958

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April 1, 2016