1954 Nardi Crosley news, pictures, and information
Enrico Nardi achieved notoriety and a small amount of fame in the pre-war era as a racing car designer, constructor, and driver. In the 1940 Mille Miglia he was
the co-driver of the first Ferrari, the Tipo 815.
After the war, he is reported to have assisted in the construction of the first Tipo 166 Spider Corsa sports racing cars. This may well be true since the cars he constructed with his partner, Danese, around 1947-48 bear a strong resembled to the Ferraris. Nardi, however had neither the facilities nor finances which would enable him to build his own engine. Instead he turned to the only large displacement engine then available in Italy, the Alfa Romeo 6C 2500.
In late 1947, Nardi began construction of three cars for the 1948-49 Mille Miglia and Targa Florio.
In the early 1950s, he turned his attention to producing prototypes and tuning equipment. He would cease the production portion of his business in the mid-1950s and focus on speed-enhancing parts.
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