Spotted for sale is a Michelotti-designed Ferrari Bimbo Racer for sale for $3,500 USD. This little children’s race car is in need of a full restoration. There seem to be a lot of missing parts but would still be a fun project to take on.
These little racers were built in the 1950s and imported into America by Ferrari, Inc of South San Francisco. It is not known how many were built but they do pop up from time to time. The most original examples going for $15,000 + at auctions.
Price $3,500 USD
The 1956 “Baby Ferrari” Bimbo Racer Child’s Car was hand-built by S.I.L.A in Torino, Italy. It was designed by Giovanni Michelotti to resemble the Ferrari 375MM. The body measures 5 feet 6 inches long with a 3-foot 4-inch wheelbase. The height is 23 inches tall at the top of the windshield and is 29 inches wide. It uses a quality fiberglass body and rides on Pirelli rubber tires, wheels, and hubcaps. The power came from a 12V electric power train which allowed it to travel nearly 35 miles at 7 mph before needing a recharge. The early cars used friction drive motors, then switched to chain drive motors. It was advertised that this baby Ferrari was able to climb 20% grades and the battery could last 5-6 hours. It featured full leather interior, fitted rubber floor mat, foot pedal brakes, accelerator, and handbrake. It uses 3 forward gears with a 12 volt battery and charging system connected to an electric motor with a rear-wheel chain drive. It had full range steering, full front, and rear suspension and springs. The pneumatic tires with Siata wire wheel cover along with 4 wheel brakes. In recent years, enthusiasts have wanted to collect racers due to the designer, manufacturer, quality, and rarity.
Full restored Bimbo Racer Below
Above: Notice the 12 Volt hood badge
SOLD On March 9, 2018 a 1956 Bimbo Racer 12V Children’s Car sold for $21,600 USD plus fees.
The rare and almost impossible to find Steering Wheel V12 Button for $250 USD
Here is a very nice example of a Bimbo Racer for sale in Europe for 21,500 Euros ($25,465 USD). Notice the correct floor mat.