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Ferrari Hydroplane 75cm – Free shipping


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The name “Ferrari” brings to mind top-notch Italian passion, engineering, and motors; the Ferrari Hydroplane is no exception! This 75cm model allows you to experience the feeling of speeding across open water on a miniature scale, with this model being lovingly handcrafted by passionate and skilled craftsmen. Hundreds of hours have been spent decorating this Ferrari boat model to museum-level quality, perfectly replicating the original dimensions and design elements of the Ferrari Hydroplane racing boats. Seacraft Gallery uses the “plank on frame” construction method, mimicking the way in which the original boats were constructed, providing invaluable authenticity.

Features of the 75cm Ferrari Hydroplanes speedboat model

  • Dimensions: 75cm L x 32cm W x 22cm H 1:8 Scale
  • Entirely handcrafted from quality wood, fully assembled and ready to display (NOT a kit)
  • Built with plank-on-frame construction method, a traditional way of building a real wooden boat
  • Highly polished smooth finish, with many layers of paint and varnish applied
  • Amazing details accurate to the actual 1954 Ferrari Hydroplane boat
  • Plush leather seats, brass propellers and stainless steel fittings, NO plastic parts
  • Realistic gauges and switches on the dash – not sticker or decal
  • Meticulously painted to match the actual 1954 Ferrari Hydroplane boat
  • The model comes with a sturdy wooden base


In 1953, a wealthy boat privateer named Achille Castoldi was determined to set world speed record on water.  He commissioned an 800kg-class three-point hydroplane hull.  For the engine, he turned to the new up and comers of the auto racing scene – Scuderia Ferrari.

Ferrari supplied Castoldi with a type 375 V-12 Grand Prix engine that displaced 4494cc, making 385 brake horse power. This engine could spin the hydroplane’s twin bladed propeller at 10,000 rpm!!

At the January 1953 Campione d’Italia races,  prior to the official two-way run, Castoldi piloted his Arno XI to an unofficial top speed in excess of 124mph during the shakedown testing. However, his rival, Mario Verga achieved a speed record of 125.68mph. Two weeks later, Mario Verga surpassed his own record with a two-way top speed of 140.74mph.

In preparation for breaking Verga’s new record, Castoldi had a new engine built. Arno XI’s new methanol burning, twin supercharged 4.5L Ferrari power plant produced 600 brake horse power.

Ferrari sent Stefano Meazza, the chief race engineer, to help prepare the new supercharged engine.  Grand Prix champion Alberto Ascari showed support by attending the event.  On the morning of October 15, 1953, Achille Castoldi succeeded in smashing the 800kg class speed record with an average “flying kilometer” two-way speed of 150.49 mph.  He followed up the performance later that day by setting another record in the “24 nautical miles” event.



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