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Niki Lauda’s Championship-Winning Ferrari Heads To Pebble Beach Auctions; Could Become Most Expensive F1 Car Ever



A very special car is going under the hammer at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach sale, taking place in California on August 16 and 17. It’s an actual Ferrari 312T Formula 1 car that the revered and recently-departed Niki Lauda drove in claiming the first of his three Formula 1 world championships in 1975. Reflecting its status, it’s estimated to go for a whole $6,000,000 to $8,000,000, and this is in the range of the record sale for an F1 car at auction, held currently by a Ferrari F2001 driven by Michael Schumacher in the 2001 season, which RM Sotheby’s in November 2017 sold for $7,504,000.

The Ferrari 312T is important for wider reasons. It at last ended Ferrari’s F1 championship drought, which stretched 11 years all the way back to 1964. Indeed for much of the early 1970s Ferrari was in the doldrums, even missing some races in 1973. The car was important technically too. Designed by famous long-serving Ferrari technical chief Mauro Forghieri, it featured a transverse-mounted gearbox, reflected in the “T” designation, as well as the car’s “transversale” moniker. It positioned the gearbox ahead of the rear axle to give a lower center of gravity.

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