The 1950s was considered to be international sports car racing's first 'golden era'. The unlimited rules allowed massive engines. The V-12 of the mighty 335S filled the bill. It was Ferrari's first 4-cam racing engine and delivered 390 horsepower. Top speed was nearly 200 mph.
This car was part of the Scuderia Ferrari effort at the 1957 Mille Miglia. Driven by Peter Collins and Lewis Klemantaski, the car dropped out (due to a broken transmission near Parma) while leading the race at a record pace. This Scaglietti-bodied car finished in second place at the 1957 1000km of Nurburgring, again with Peter Collins at the wheels, assisted by Olivier Gendebien. It was a DNF at the 1957 24 Hours of LeMans with Phil Hill and Peter Collins, and placed second at the 1957 Grand Prix of Sweden driven by Hill and Collins. The car took third at the 1957 1000 km of Spa / Francorchamps with Olivier Gendebien driving, and Hill and Collins piloted it to a first place at the 1957 Grand Prix of Venezuela, clinching the 1957 World Sports Car Championship for Ferrari (their fourth in five years). Phil Hill finished first, first and third in three races at the 1957 Nassau Speed Week, and the car was a DNF at the Grand Prix of Cuba in 1958 with Hill driving. From 1958 to 1960, the car raced at many venues in California with John von Neumann, Richie Ginther, Skip Hudson and others behind the wheel.
Hill, America's first World Champion and a three-time Le Mans winner, called the mighty 335S . . . 'Ferrari's best V-12 sports/racing car'.