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THE 'FIRST' FERRARI --- 1947

THE 'FIRST' FERRARI --- 1947

Palm Springs, CA

Roger Millbanks of Denver, Colorado, owns this 1947 Ferrari, said to be the "First Ferrari". Its appearance at the Desert Classic was said to be the car's first-ever showing on the west coast. The car's chassis number is #01C. Between 1947 and 1950 it had several different engines and bodies, and photos of the car with Grand Prix ace Tazio Nuvolari sitting at the wheel also lend credence to its historic past. The aluminum body has been restored by Italian craftspeople who, according to the event's souvenir program, regularly work for the Ferrari factory. The fenders and headlights can be removed to put the car into its racing configuration. Interestingly, the car did not win any awards at the event.

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