New Delhi:- An extremely rare example of one of Ferrari's most coveted race cars that could become one of the most expensive cars ever to go up for auction next month.
An epic 412 P Berlinetta race car is about to go up for auction at Bonham's Quail auction during Monterey Car Week. This speedy machine is perhaps not only the best racing prototype ever built, but also helped the Italian marque to win the World Championship of Manufacturing in 1967.
The 412 P was introduced in 1967 and was the "customer version" of Ferrari's successful 330 P3 and P4 race cars. The car combines the P3's chassis with the P4's body, suspension and wheels - which is why it's sometimes called the P3/4 - and is powered by a 4.0-litre V-12 engine mounted in rear with Weber carburetor.
The car only raced at the top level for a year due to a change in FIA regulations, but it has become a legend largely due to its rarity. Only two 412 P Berlinettas were initially produced, while two additional 330 P3s were converted into 412 Ps by the automaker.
This example, chassis 0854, is the second of the original 412 P Berlinettas to come from the Maranello line. According to the auction house, the car was originally delivered to Colonel Ronnie Hoare's Maranello Concessionaires Ltd in 1967 and finished in his favorite paint color, Italian racing red with a Cambridge blue nose flash. In that season, it will be driven by Richard Attwood, Piers Courage, Lucien Bianchi, among others, and will take part in a number of races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 1,000 km Spa Belgium, where it finished second. three finalists and won the key position for Ferrari. championship points.
The car would continue to run for the rest of the decade, but that first season was the pinnacle. It passed through the hands of a number of collectors and enthusiasts before its current owner acquired it in 2005. The anonymous American auto entrepreneur undertook a meticulous restoration that lasted 9 years. years, during which time the vehicle was restored to its original state. in the 1967 racing season. It is also said to be the only 412 P to keep the original chassis, engine, transmission and body.
As you might have guessed, a car like the 412 P Berlinetta won't come cheap. With less than a month to go until the quail auction, to be held on August 18, the race car is expected to fetch up to $40 million when the final hammer blows. If it sells for that price, it will likely become the third most expensive car ever sold at auction.
The Ferrari that won the most precious victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Ferrari 412 P Berlinetta is currently up for auction and was also legalized before it was sold in 1967 and now it Possibly the most expensive car in the world.