1965 S.I.L.A. Bimbo Racer V-12

Second Floor - Industry

Imported to America through San Francisco by Ferrari, Inc., the Bimbo Racer was designed by Giovanni Michelotti and fabricated by S.I.L.A. of Turin, Italy. Its name meaning “baby” in Italian, the Bimbo Racer was advertised as a “real car” and came to be regarded as status symbols for well-off children because of its high price and rakish styling. While the V-12 name calls to mind the exotic twelve-cylinder engines found in full-size Ferraris of the time, it actually refers to the 12-volt battery in the trunk that powers the motor.

Collection of Kevin Cogan