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Carmel, California

August 14, 2014

1978 Ferrari 312 T3 Formula 1 Racing   

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Sold For: $2,310,000

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 five 312 T3s built were chassis-numbered in perfect sequence from '032' to '036'. These were great Grand Prix cars, but unlucky too. And their greatest misfortune was simply to come up against Mario Andretti, Ronnie Peterson and Colin Chapman's latest, greatest Lotus innovation the revolutionary ground-effects Lotus 79 'wing car'.

     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