Classic F1 car for sale – 1978 Ferrari 312 T3 Ex Reutemann and Villeneuve winning car
This 1978 Ferrari 312 T3 is being offered for Auction at the Bonhams Quail Lodge on Thursday, August 14, 2014. The car is being offered without reserve.
Details from the Lot:
*1978 British Grand Prix winner – driven by Carlos Reutemann
*1978 Race of Champions winner – driven by Gilles Villeneuve
*1978 Belgian Grand Prix – 3rd place – driven by Carlos Reutemann
*312 T3 design acclaimed as Ferrari’s most beautiful ‘T-car’
*Over 530-horsepower from 3-litre flat-12 engine
*Offered fresh from 34 years with Violati/Collezione Maranello Rosso
THE FORMULA 1 FERRARI 312 T3
Five of these cars were manufactured in the Ferrari Formula 1 ‘shop for the 1978 Formula 1 World Championship season. They were designed under the direction of the Reparto Corse (Racing Department) chief engineer Mauro Forghieri, and represented an evolutionary development of the highly-successful World Championship-winning 1975 312 T and 1976-77 312 T2-series cars. Power was provided by Ferrari’s latest iteration of its magnificent 3-litre flat-12 cylinder F1 engine.
The 312T3 was introduced for Villeneuve and Reutemann at the third race of the 1978 season.
The car featured the same flat 12 engine as had been used since 1970, albeit tuned to give around 515 bhp. The chassis was completely new, with a new monocoque structure and a different suspension arrangement, designed to work with the Michelin tyres. The bodywork visibly very different, with a flatter top to the body, allowing improved air flow to the rear wing.
All the hard work came to nothing though as the pioneering Lotus 79 ground effect “wing car” took on and beat all comers with ease that season, and Ferrari were left to pick up the pieces of any Lotus failures. Reutemann won 4 races, whilst Villeneuve won for the first time at the final race, his home race in Canada, but it was more a season of consolidation. Reutemann moved to Lotus for 1979, replaced by Jody Scheckter. Ferrari was 2nd in the Constructors’ Championship.
PRICE: Auction Estimate – £890,000 – 1.2 million / US$ 1.5 million – 2 million
Check out the auction Lot information at bonhams.com and check back after the auction find out the price.