Ferrari 500 Mondial - 1953


500 Mondial


The first of these cars was built by a young coachbuilder from Modena called Scaglietti and was inspired by a design created by Dino Ferrari to freshen up the look of the old 166 given to him by his father. The models built for sale to the public were the work of Pinin Farina who built around 15 of the spiders in all. Powered by a 2000 cc four-cylinder engine, this model acquitted itself very honourably indeed in a whole host of races, topping its category in many.


4 Cylinder Engine

Type front, longitudinal in-line-four
Bore/stroke 90 x 78 mm
Unitary displacement 496.21 cc
Total displacement 1984.86 cc
Compression ratio 8.5 : 1
Maximum power 125 kW (170 hp) at 7000 rpm
Power per litre 86 hp/l
Maximum torque -
Valve actuation twin overhead camshafts per bank, two valves per cylinder
Fuel feed two Weber 45 DCOA/3 carburettors
Ignition two spark plugs per cylinder, two coils
Lubrication dry sump
Clutch twin-plate
Frame tubular steel
Front suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, transverse leaf spring, Houdaille hydraulic shock absorbers
Rear suspension de Dion, twin radius arms, transverse leaf spring, Houdaille hydraulic shock absorbers
Brakes drums
Transmission 5-speed + reverse
Steering worm and sector
Fuel tank capacity 150 litres
Front tyres 5.25 x 16
Rear tyres 6.00 x 16
Type two-seater spider, berlinetta
Length -
Width -
Height -
Wheelbase 2250 mm
Front track 1278 mm
Rear track 1284 mm
Weight 720 kg (dry)
Top speed 236 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h -
0-400 m -
0-1000 m -