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Basel 15 October 2011 – 08 April 2012

Another season with many different driving and show events tends to an end and the cars are going to their winter dormancy in temperature-controlled garages. This is a good time to set up a special display like the one currently visible in the Pantheon in Basel, Switzerland. The initiators Stephan Musfeld (chef of the Pantheon), Niki Hasler (Ferrari dealer in Basel) and noted Ferrari historian Marcel Massini convinced the owners of almost 40 Ferrari to lent their cars for 6 months to Basel, most of them coming from Germany, Austria and certainly Switzerland.

The exhibition can be divided in 4 different areas:
the sports racers,
the Formula cars,
the street cars and the latest supercars.

The oldest car on display is a 1949 166 Spider Corsa (s/n 0012M). The car started with an open spider body with open wings that reminded on the racing Alfas of the period. Being an early Ferrari Mille Miglia competitor the car was rebodied in the late 1950s in the style of the TRC and spend most of the next 3 decades in the USA before it came to Switzerland to be restored to its original configuration. Today it is one of the few very early spiders to survive and giving an impression how the successful story started. The next sports car racer with even chassis number is the 250 MM Pinin Farina Berlinetta with the number 0298MM that shows the development in the body style within just 4 years. During this period the separate wings disappeared and the race cars of this era became much more elegant. The 250 MM was bodied either by Vignale as an open spider or by Pinin Farina as a Berlinetta and was the second model to carry the name of the most important Italian road race of the time. Beside the 12 cylinder cars Ferrari started to built 4 cylinder engines to compete in the two litre class. The 500 TRC followed the Mondial and is considered to be the most elegant of the racing Ferrari of that period being a masterpiece of the late Sergio Scaglietti who just passed away a few days ago. The exhibited car is just the second car built and has an early race history in the US before coming to Switzerland were it was part of the famous Obrist collection for some time.

Early in the sixties the Colombo 3-litre engine was used in several road an race cars, the GT car of the era was the 250 GT SWB that was built either as a road or competition version in steel or alloy. Both versions can be seen in Basel, both in silver with red interior. Following the SWB is the most glamorous of all Ferrari, the legendary 250 GTO. The car will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2012 and therefore will be featured in many events. The exhibited car in chassis 3809GT that started life in Switzerland before it was sold to Germany where it stayed since 1965. The GTO was described as a homologation of the GT SWB to compete in the GT class rather than in the prototype class, a trick that Enzo Ferrari tried again with the 250 LM, this is also the reason why this car was named “250” although the later production cars featured a 3.3 litre engine rather than the former 3 litre. The engine moved from the front the the middle installed in front of the back axle and therefore had to compete in the prototype class but nevertheless won the 1965 Le Mans to be the last of the Ferrari victories at La Sarthe. The exhibited car was bought new by the Scuderia Filipinetti of Geneva, had a wild life with many different owners before coming back to Switzerland 5 years ago. This was also the last car in the 250 series as it already had the 3.3 litre engine. The following 275 was built as Berlinetta (GTB) and Spider (GTS) plus a few competition versions (GTB/C). This is one of the last GT racers built by Ferrari as with the fall of the 1960s the prototypes became more and more important. The road races of the 1950s were gone and Le Mans saw the Ford GT40 and later the Porsche 917 coming up Ferrari had to compete with. In the following years Ferrari entered the prototype-series including the exhibited 312 P of the year 1969 that was just built 3 times. Chassis 0872 was entered by the North American Racing Team (N.A.R.T) of Luigi Chinetti but was not able to win a major race due to the most radical prototype of the era, the Porsche 917. The car is today in restored condition and was displayed in Pebble Beach but is also entered in historic racing.

Ten years later the 512 BB with the Boxer engine was the street car of the time aside the 8-cylinder 308 and a competition version of the 512 BB was built named 512 BBLM to compete in Le Mans with a aerodynamic improved Silhouette body. Beside the N.A.R.T the BBLM was entered by several smaller teams but the cars were not as successful as some might have hoped back then. Today it is a very competitive car in vintage racing and several of them are expected to race at the coming Le Mans Classics.

The sports car racers are rounded of by a F40 LM and the 575 GTC FIA GT1 from 2005. This also leads to the next section, the so-called supercars.

The first of the supercars was the 288 GTO that was built in 1984 and might have formed the name supercar together with the Porsche 959 and brought back the name GTO in the Ferrari line-up, followed by the F40 and F50 to celebrate the 40th and the 50th anniversary of the marque. After the Enzo in 2003 the name GTO reappeared with the new 599 GTO to be the latest supercar. All these are displayed in Basel.

Beside the sports cars the Formula 1 is a big factor of the Ferrari myth. Ferrari competed in the Formula 1 ever since 1948. Four Formula 1 cars and a F2 of 1952 are displayed in Basel. The first one is a 312 T2 that was used in the era of Niki Lauda when he had his horrible crash at the Nürburgring and gave the Scuderia the 1976 constructors and the 1977 Championship. The 412 T1 on display is of the era when Gerhard Berger and Jean Alesi raced for Ferrari. After the last championship in 1979 with Jody Scheckter the pressure on the Scuderia became higher year by year as the Ferraristi expected nothing less than the title but it took a few more attempts until Michael Schumacher won in 2000. Of the Schumacher-era the F2003 GA is displayed although it is a moke-up.

Beside the race cars a good number of street cars are exhibited in Basel. Unfortunately there are no early coach-built street cars displayed as the oldest are the 1957 250 GT Ellena and a 250 GT LWB California Spider that were already built in small series. Further cars are the GT Lusso, the already mentioned street version of the GT SWB and the 4 seater GTE of the 250 series. The 275 is represented by the GTB/4 and the GTS plus a NART conversion. Later cars include a 330 GTC, a 365 2+2 that was nicknamed “Queen Mary” due to its size, a 365 GT/C and the 365 GTB/4 Daytona.

The Pantheon consists of a helix winding up 2 floors, the Ferrari special display is located on the top floor. As the name giving Pantheon in Rome the building has a round skylight giving light from the inside plus the revolving window on the outside.
The ground floor shows the newest models plus a display of the calender photos of Günther Raupp.

The exhibition is still visible until the 8th of April 2012 and is worth a visit over the winter. As some of the cars might not stay to the end of the exhibition it is recommended to go there rather sooner than later.

List of cars as on 21st of November 2011
1949 166 MM Spider Corsa s/n 0012
1952 500 Formula 2 Monoposto s/n 54/1
1953 250 MM Berlinetta Pinin Farina s/n 0298MM
1957 250 GT Coupé Ellena s/n 0693GT
1958 500 TRC Spider Scaglietti s/n 0660MDTR
1959 250 GT LWB California Spider Scaglietti s/n 0965GT
1960 250 SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti s/n 1771GT
1962 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Scaglietti s/n 3431GT
1962 250 GTO Series I Berlinetta Scaglietti s/n 3809GT
1963 250 GT/L Berlinetta Scaglietti s/n 5371GT
1964 250 GTE 2+2 Coupé Pininfarina s/n 3583GT
1964 250 LM Berlinetta Scaglietti s/n 5899
1965 275 GTS Spider Pininfarina s/n 06877
1966 275 GTB/C Berlinetta Scaglietti s/n 09007
1967 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta Scaglietti s/n 10721
1967 275 GTB/4 NART Spider Conversion s/n 09747
1968 312 P Berlinetta s/n 0872
1968 330 GTC Coupé Pininfarina s/n 11225
1969 365 GT 2+2 Coupé Pininfarina s/n 11567
1971 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta Scaglietti s/n 15095
1972 365 GTC/4 Coupé Pininfarina s/n 15129
1973 246 Dino GTS Spider Scaglietti s/n 07158
1975 365 GT/4 Berlinetta Boxer Scaglietti s/n 18641
1976 312 T2 Formula 1 s/n 025
1979 512 BB LM s/n 35523
1980 512 BB Scaglietti s/n 33513
1984 288 GTO Berlinetta Scaglietti s/n 54227
1988 F40 Berlinetta Scaglietti s/n 91491
1992 F50 s/n 106685
1993 F40 Le Mans s/n 97881
1994 412 T1 Formula 1 s/n 149
2003 F1 2003 GA Formel 1 mock-up s/n N 89 (R 16)
2005 575 GTC FIA GT1 s/n 2216
2005 Enzo Ferrari s/n 136089
2010 458 Italia s/n 172646
2010 599 GTB Fiorano HGTE s/n 168614
2010 599 GTO s/n 180641

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Text & images: Peter Singhof www.ClassicCarPhotography.de