OCT 15th 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, the Ferry 750 Sports 'Tank'!

What do you mean, you’ve never heard of one? Actually, we must confess that we hadn’t either, but when we came across this bizarre-yet-strangely-endearing little French creation we just had to share. It turns out that this is the only example ever made and it appears to have quite a history behind it. 

The story begins in 1911 and the birth in France of a boy named Pierre Ferry who by the age of 14 was servicing the family car. By the age of 20 he was attending flight school, at 22 he was studying at the Conservatoire des Arts et Metiers and at 24 was admitted to the Sorbonne. By 25 he had raced a Bugatti and a Riley and by the time he stopped racing in 1955 he’d reportedly won a lot of races in his own cars. Safe to say that we’re not exactly dealing with a slacker here …

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Ferry was a highly dedicated man when it came to his racing cars and a predecessor to the 750 you see here apparently had enough performance to see-off other famous lightweight cars in its class like OSCA, Stanguellini and Moretti.  This car was built in 1955 and like all of Ferry’s creations featured a Renault motor. It competed in the Mille Miglia in 1956, won at Reims, Monthlery and the GP des Sables d’Olonne before being sold to Renault’s Californian importer, a Mr J. Green.

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After this the history gets a bit sketchy. It would appear that it was raced in California by someone called Parkinson to considerable success before slipping off the radar. In the 70s it looks like the car resurfaced in a Californian museum before being stored in a barn. It wasn’t until some point in the 2000s that it was rescued by an American collector and restoration began, although another unfortunate twist befell the 750 when its rescuer couldn’t pay the bills for its repair. Eventually a knowledgeable French collector stepped in and got the job completed to the level it appears in these pictures.

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The GP of Malta and an appearance at Retromobile followed, with the car once again resplendent in its silver and blue livery. As fate would have it, it ended up belonging to a friend of Pierre Ferry’s son (philosopher Luc ferry) who recalled seeing the car as a child. Now, having passed away the car is up for sale again and would be a certain hit on both the  Mille Miglia and Le Mans Classic, not to mention the Revival.

It is to be sold by auction (full listing in French HERE) in France on the 16th with an estimate of between 200,000 and 300,000 Euros. To register your interest contact smachoir@stanislasmachoir.com.

 

 

 

 

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