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

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.

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