Ferrari 375

Name: Ferrari Special

Year Built: 1951

Livery Year: 1952

Livery Year Driver: Johnny Mauro

Sponsor: Ferrari

Chassis: Ferrari 375

Engine: Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari, the luxury auto manufacturer’s racing division, prepared four updated 2.5-liter 1951 Ferrari Grand Prix cars for the 1952 Indianapolis 500. Enzo Ferrari sold three to American customers and the final car was campaigned by Scuderia Ferrari himself. Future world champion Alberto Ascari passed up the Swiss Grand Prix to drive the factory car; his was the only one of the four Ferraris to qualify for the race. The choice of wire wheels over magnesium wheels proved costly though, as a collapsed wheel forced Ascari out just after entering the top-10 at 100 miles completed. Drivers assigned to the American entries were Johnnie Parsons, Bobby Ball, and Johnny Mauro, who entered the car on display. Although the paint job resembles Ascari’s car number 12, Mauro’s number 35 at the time was painted white with blue numbers and lettering. Ascari did drive this car briefly during practice.

Adoption cost: $3,000

Adoption benefits:

* One-year membership in the Borg-Warner Society (the Museum’s most esteemed group of supporters)

* A vintage photo of your adopted car

* Recognition signage with the car during the run of the exhibit

* Recognition and on the Museum’s website under current exhibits

* Listing on the Adopt-an-Exhibit donor wall in the Museum

* A certificate of adoption

* Invitation to the “From the Vault” members-only preview party