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Ferrari’s Winning Legacy: The 1954 625 F1 Heads to Auction

This isn’t just about the iconic prancing horse logo and the undeniable allure of Ferrari. This 1954 625 F1 embodies the very essence of Ferrari’s purpose: conquering the pinnacle of motorsport.

Following their dominant victories in 1952 and 1953 with the legendary Alberto Ascari at the helm, Ferrari faced a new challenge. The FIA had switched Formula Two to the top tier of racing. To answer the call, they built upon the success of their championship-winning 500 F1, creating the 625.

This sleek machine housed a powerful 2.5-liter inline-four engine, pumping out 170 horsepower. Remarkably lightweight at just over 1,200 pounds, it was a force to be reckoned with.

The story behind this particular 625 adds another layer of intrigue. It began life as chassis number 0208F, a 500 raced extensively by Ecurie Francorchamps, the Belgian national team. Ferrari then upgraded it to the 625 spec in 1954, giving it a new chassis number (0540). After further racing, it was traded back to the factory.

This car’s journey continued with a hill climb in 1964 before finding a home in various private collections. After spending over two decades cherished by a single owner, it will take center stage at RM Sotheby’s upcoming auction in Monaco.