August 15, 1947 – Ferrari makes its racing debut

On this day in 1947 a little prancing horse known as Ferrari made its racetrack debut at Circuito di Pescara in Pescara, Italy. The Ferrari 159 Spyder was driven by Franco Cortese who drove the vehicle to a second place finish behind Vincenzo Auricchio in his Stanguellini. The car survives today and is considered the oldest Ferrari in existence. It is owned by a Ferrari collector and restorer in Italy. It however does not contain all of its original parts as the car was rebuilt several times to keep up with racing for several years after its debut. Image:Original 1947 Ferrari 159 SWindow card from the racing event where Ferrari racing debuted.

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