Factories at Work: Preparing for the 1953 Mille Miglia

We’ve had quite a bit of focus lately on the factories and workshops that turned out our dream machines. Winter has hit the upper Midwest and the garage must be calling.

These scenes were photographed in preparation for the 1953 Mille Miglia and the wrenches were spinning furiously amongst the Italian makers. The home race is always reason enough to turn up the heat a bit.

OSCA
OSCA Workshop - 1953

OSCA Factory - 1953

Maserati
Maserati Factory - 1953

And of course, the rather more commanding Ferrari floor.
Ferrari Factory - 1953

Here’s Mike Hawthorn checking in on the 250MM Spyder he’d be piloting for the race. He DNFed that year, but his car is still looking amazing 56 years later. The race would be won by the 250’s larger brother, Giannino Marzotto’s 340MM Spyder.
Mike Hawthorn's Ferrari 250MM SpyderMike Hawthorn's Ferrari 250MM Spyder Today

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