Got a spare million bucks or two? Two of Ferrari’s classic ex-Gilles Villeneuve racers are up for sale at an upcoming auction being hosted by the Bonhams group.
A 1978 Ferrari 312 T3 (chassis 033, pictured above) – one of five built by Ferrari during the year – is expected to fetch between US$1.5-2 million at auction. Designed by the acclaimed Mauro Forghieri, the car was an evolution of the highly successful 1975 312 T and 1976-7 312 T2 models piloted by Niki Lauda to two World Championship titles.
Armed with a 530bhp flat-12 cylinder engine, this particular chassis took Carlos Reutemann to victory at the 1978 British Grand Prix. Villeneuve later used the car and took the win at the year-ending Race of Champions.
With five wins, the 312 T3 design was highly acclaimed, but it simply had the misfortune of being pitted against the all-conquering ground-effect Lotus 79 designed by Colin Chapman, which swept to the championship title at the hands of Mario Andretti.
The following year saw Ferrari respond to Lotus’ ground-effect challenge with the 312 T4, which Jody Scheckter took to the 1979 World Championship title – Ferrari’s last for 21 years until Michael Schumacher claimed the first of five in a row for the Scuderia.
Chassis 037 was taken to victory by Villeneuve at Kyalami and Long Beach (pictured above) and at the end of the year it was sold to Dr. Carlo Bonomi, a well-established customer and friend of Enzo Ferrari. The car has remained in the same private ownership ever since, and it too is expected to fetch between US$1.5-2 million.
Both cars are being sold without reserve as separate lots at a huge auction that takes place on August 14-15. To view all lots being listed, click here.
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