Book Review: Ferrari F1 1948-1963 by Piero Casucci

Ferrari 1948-1963 book cover
Ferrari 1948-1963 book cover
Ferrari 1948-1963 book cover


Title: Ferrari F1 1948-1963
Author: Piero Casucci
Photography: Various
Publisher: Editoriale Domus
ISBN: 88-7672-018-9
Year/Edition: 1985
# of pages: 80
Photos: B&W and color
Cover: softcover
Size: 195cm(w) x 27cm (L) x 0.5cm(thick)



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Great archival photos; Detailed cutaways drawings


Nothing major; go for the hardcover if you can

Posted April 5, 2015 by

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Is Seb’s Malaysian GP win the start of the much anticipated Ferrari renaissance?  The SF-15T definitely is one of the more attractive looking race cars produced by the Scuderia in recent seasons. A very good book series on the heritage of Ferrari F1 cars is the 3 volume series by Piero Casucci published in the 1980’s. These books contain a short history of the Ferrari GP cars with technical specifications, engine and chassis cutaway diagrams.

Volume 1 covers the Scuderia race cars from 1948 to 1963 which include:

  • 125
  • 375
  • 500
  • 625
  • 553-555
  • D50
  • 246
  • 156

Each chapter has a writeup of each of these cars, in both English and Italian, with specifications and a little background on the technical development. There are also some great B&W photos from the Quattroruote archives of the cars in testing and race trim driven by the greats – Ascari, Farina, Hawthorn, von Tripps, Phil Hill and Surtees.

The color cutaway diagrams are a major feature of these books and the book itself uses a very well balanced layout.

The last section contains interviews with 2 key Ferrari engineers of that era – Aurelio Lampredi and Carlo Chitti. This chapter makes great reading and provides some good historical insight into the technical development of the 500, 553 and the 246.

Wow Factor/Money Shot: Testing session photos of the 555.

Suitable for: F1 history buffs & tifosi


Ferrari F1 1948-1963 Casucci book pages

Beautiful 125 cutaway








Ferrari F1 1948-1963 Casucci book pages

625 in action








Ferrari F1 1948-1963 Casucci book pages

The famous 156







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