A rare 1967 Ferrari 412P has come up for auction at Bonhams. This racecar was part of the 1967 Spa 1,000 km race and secured the 3rd position. This cemented Ferrari’s title in the 1967 World Championship of Makes.
Ferrari 412P : More Details
The 412P boasted of sleek design and an aerodynamic body made by Pininfarina. The 412P was noted for its V12 engine that delivered impressive performance on the track. Ferrari had developed this car specifically for endurance racing.
Produced in 1967, Col. Ronnie Hoare’s Team immediately picked up this car. The team decided to paint the 412P in the signature Italian racing red along with a Cambridge blue nose. It was one of the two privateer cars racing in that year. This particular car was helmed by Richard Attwood and Lucien Bianchi. They came in third overall in the Belgian Spa 1,000 Kilometers, which secured Ferrari’s title for the 1967 season.
The Chassis number of this 412P is 0854 and it also participated in the season’s Le Mans 24-Hours and the Brands Hatch 6-Hour race. David Piper then acquired this car. Piper ran the car in the Paris 1000 Kilometers, Kyalami 9-Hours, and the Cape Town 3-Hours. In fact, Piper also raced the car in Europe and South Africa in the 1968-69 season. The car managed to pickup many race wins including the 1968 Nuremberg 200 Kilometers, the Solituderennen at Hockenheim and the Swedish Grand Prix.
In 1969, Chris Cord picked up the car. Over the years, it changed hands multiple times with notable collectors like Lord Anthony Bamford, Sir Paul Vestey, John McCaw, and Bruce McCaw.
Restoration of the Ferrari 412P and its price
The current owner spent nine years restoring the car. It includes original body work along with race livery of the time it was with Col. Ronnie Hoare’s Team.
Experts estimate that this car could fetch around US4 40 million at the auction. Another bit of trivia about this car is that it is just one of the two original 412P cars. The other specimens are converted from P3 factory spec. The 412P is nothing but the customer version of the 330 P3 race car.
Source : Bonhams