You might think Scuderia Ferrari’s racing heritage was built around the automaker’s legendary 12-cylinder engines, however it was really a four-cylinder engine that got the ball rolling for the team.
Ferrari’s first Formula 1 world championship came in 1952 when the 2.0-liter four-cylinder equipped Tipo 500 won almost every race it competed in. Ferrari would continue to use four-cylinder engines throughout the 1950s with a good degree of success before switching to V8 and V12 engine formulas in the 1960s.
Rear Admiral Robert A. Phillips will be the first to tell you that story. He owns a 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial, a privateer racecar that he purchased in 1959 shortly after its competition career had reached an end. It’s powered by a four-cylinder engine, but that doesn’t make it any less special than some of the more famous V12 Ferrari road racing cars of the day.
Phillips and his car are both undeniably cool. Petrolicious always puts out good content, but this video of the Rear Admiral enjoying his wonderful Ferrari racecar in a vintage driving suit and driving gloves is truly special. Check it out above and be prepared to feel comparatively unstylish to Phillips and his Argentinian-blue racer.