Stunning Ferrari 196 SP Spearheads Auto Royale 2021

Auto Royale - Ferrari 196 SP

The last of five surviving Scuderia Ferrari Sports Prototypes will join Britain’s newest event, Auto Royale, alongside some of the rarest and most beautiful examples of automotive styling from around the world on July 16 – 18 2021…

Originally scheduled for 2020 and now two long years in the making, the new event is described as an ‘exciting new concept where modern British culture meets world-class automotive machinery in a luxurious yet accessible setting with a feast of fine food, exciting entertainment and engaging retailing’.

Ferrari 196 SP

The exquisite 1962 Ferrari 196 SP will join an impressive and growing list of automotive eye-candy heading to Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire in July, bringing with it a rich motorsport history including the 12 Hours of Sebring where it finished 3rd in its Class and Nürburgring 1,000 KM.

Auto Royale - Ferrari 196 SP

Beginning its life as chassis #0806, the second of two 2.4L 248 SPs and competing in various high profile events, the Italian thoroughbred returned to Europe and was given a 2.6-litre transplant and therefore designated as a 268 SP. Unfortunately, while racing at the Nürburgring 1,000 KM with Pedro and Ricardo Rodriguez, 0806 managed to find its way into a ditch on the seventh lap, terminating both the race and 62′ season.

Once again the car was converted… this time to 196 SP specification by Ferrari themselves who fitted the current and last 1,983 cc engine. Tipping the scales at a dry weight of only 600 kg and single overhead camshafts with two valves per cylinder, the mid-engined racer is not only loud but incredibly quick.

Auto Royale - Ferrari 196 SP

The low-slung Fantuzzi bodywork with a ducktail at the back sits three inches lower than a Ford GT40 and twin air inlets give it its characteristic ‘shark nose‘ – referencing the 1961 Ferrari 156 F1 in which Phil Hill won the 1961 Formula One championship.

Recently quoted between $8,000,000 – 10,000,000 at the 2019 RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction, the car raced at the 1962 12 Hours of Sebring, Nürburgring 1000 KM, Elkhart Lake, and 1963 Nassau Speed Week. Despite this varied international racing history, the car has never been seen before in the United Kingdom and will make its exclusive British debut at the inaugural Auto Royale in July 2020.

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Auto Royale - Ferrari 196 SP

Paul Mathers:
“It’s such a pleasure to finally give car enthusiasts a vision of what will be an incredible line up at our first Auto Royale. This stunning Ferrari truly captures the spirit of Auto Royale and our mission to bring rare and spectacular machines to be enjoyed in the surroundings of Waddesdon Manor.”

“I am excited to bring all I have learned overseas to the World’s biggest classic and historic car market and create something very special for car enthusiasts around the country. As a passionate collector and an enthusiast of British motoring, I am genuinely privileged to have the opportunity to establish a new but traditional concours d’elegance that will bring people together, ignite their passions and get them talking.”

Tickets can be purchased via this link.

Images courtesy RM Sotheby’s

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