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1956 Ferrari/Kurtis Kraft Bardahl Special

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# 500G

They built this unique automobile to compete at the 1956 Indianapolis 500. Bardahl lubricants of Italy sponsored it, using an American Kurtis Kraft chassis and a Ferrari engine. It did not qualify in what became Ferrari’s last serious attempt to race at the Indianapolis 500.


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The two most interesting entries for Indianapolis in 1956 are the Ferraris. Bardahl’s six cylinder experimental car, entered by Bardhal Lubricants, Florence, Italy, with Farina driving, and the 12 cylinder-engined Ferrari Special, entered by Mrs. Marion Chinetti, of New York, the driver of which has not been nominated.

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Located in Philadelphia, PA, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is one of the world’s greatest collections of racing sports cars. Through our theme, “The Spirit of Competition”, we celebrate the history and evolution of these magnificent machines.

Assembled over 50 years by Dr. Frederick Simeone, the Museum contains over 75 historically significant cars including Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Mercedes, Jaguar, Bentley, Porsche, Aston Martin, Corvette, Ford, and more.

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