Top Model TMC 137; Ferrari 121 LM; 1955 24h Le Mans DNF; Trintignant & Schell; RN5

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The Ferrari 735 LM (also known as the 121 LM) was a sports racing car produced by Ferrari in 1955. It was the second raced Ferrari, powered by an Aurelio Lampredi-designed inline-6 engine, created as a larger displacement evolution to the engines used in the Ferrari Monza race cars.

The first example of the 735 LM series raced in the 1955 Mille Miglia among smaller capacity 376 S and Monza siblings. Eugenio Castellotti entered the race as a privateer, but had to retire due to an engine problems.

For the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans, Scuderia Ferrari entered three cars. Umberto Maglioli and Phil Hill drove the car no. 3. Eugenio Castellotti with Paolo Marzotto raced in the car no.4, and Maurice Trintignant and Harry Schell duo were fielded as number 5. The 735 LM was entered in the top ‘Sport 5.0’ category. It was the category that also included the Jaguar D-Type, Lagonda DP-166 and Cooper T38. Castellotti in the Ferrari no. 4, recorded the best practice lap time of all time at 4min 14sec. Only a second slower was the Mercedes-Benz 300SLR of Juan Manuel Fangio. Also over the flying kilometre on the Mulsanne straight, the 735 LM recorded an impressive top speed of 291.2 km/h. Second was the Jaguar D-Type at 281.9 km/h. The actual race was much more disappointing for Ferrari as none of the fielded cars had finished the race. First, the car of Castellotti / Marzotto retired after 52 laps and five hours, with a broken engine. After the seven hour mark and covering only 76 laps, Maglioli and Hill fell out of the race with an overheating engine and clutch problems. Finally the last of the Ferrari entries, can no. 5 with Trintignant and Schell, retired with a faulty clutch after 107 laps and 10 hours of racing

This diecast model is by Top Model, it was sourced from a private collection in April 2018

 
Top Model TMC 137; Ferrari 121 LM; 1955 24h Le Mans DNF; Trintignant & Schell; RN5 Top Model TMC 137; Ferrari 121 LM; 1955 24h Le Mans DNF; Trintignant & Schell; RN5 Top Model TMC 137; Ferrari 121 LM; 1955 24h Le Mans DNF; Trintignant & Schell; RN5
Top Model TMC 137; Ferrari 121 LM; 1955 24h Le Mans DNF; Trintignant & Schell; RN5 Top Model TMC 137; Ferrari 121 LM; 1955 24h Le Mans DNF; Trintignant & Schell; RN5 Top Model TMC 137; Ferrari 121 LM; 1955 24h Le Mans DNF; Trintignant & Schell; RN5
Top Model TMC 137; Ferrari 121 LM; 1955 24h Le Mans DNF; Trintignant & Schell; RN5 Top Model TMC 137; Ferrari 121 LM; 1955 24h Le Mans DNF; Trintignant & Schell; RN5 Top Model TMC 137; Ferrari 121 LM; 1955 24h Le Mans DNF; Trintignant & Schell; RN5
     

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