This was a precursor of the Formula 1 car developed in 1961. The 156 F2’s maiden appearance at a grand prix at the Solitude road circuit outside Stuttgart. And what a debut it was: Wolfgang Von Trips managed to hold sway over no less than four Porches and three Lotuses, boosting Ferrari’s hopes for the following year’s Championship in which the F1 version did indeed triumph.

Type rear, longitudinal 65° V6
Bore/stroke 73 x 58.8 mm
Unitary displacement 246.10 cc
Total displacement 1476.60 cc
Compression ratio 9.8 : 1
Maximum power 136 kW (185 hp) at 9200 rpm
Power per litre 125 hp/l
Maximum torque -
Valve actuation twin overhead camshaft per bank, two valves per cylinder
Fuel feed three Weber 38 DCN carburettors
Ignition twin plugs, two magnetos
Lubrication dry sump
Clutch multi-plate
Frame tubular steel
Front suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bas
Rear suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers
Brakes discs
Transmission 5-speed + reverse
Steering rack-and-pinion
Fuel tank capacity 150 litres
Front tyres 5.25 x 15
Rear tyres 6.00 x 15