Part of the 70th Anniversary of Ferrari at this years Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance called for the organizers to bring in some truly special cars. They did, in droves. Classes for Ferrari one-off super special cars, major race winners, touring and competition cars were a highlight of the concours field. Considering how racing brings many automakers to the forefront of popularity, please enjoy a few of the most important race cars which put Ferrari on the map.
This 1977 Ferrari 312 T2 F1 chassis 031 is one of five surviving of the seven built by Ferrari between 1976 and 1977. It is also the last Ferrari driven by Niki Lauda in his second World Championship season, delivering him two victories, three seconds, one fourth and one fifth place finishes. What is rarer yet for a race car especially, the car has never been in an accident and is in completely unrestored condition.
For me the climax of the entire day was hearing Sir Jackie Stewart recount automotive history. He humbly recalled as a commentator for ABC Sports, six weeks after the famous accident where Lauda was badly injured and burned, how Niki heroically got back into the car and finished fourth at the Italian Grand Prix.
In April 1949 this 1949 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta won the legendary Mille Mille and later the same year achieved Ferrari’s first win at Le Mans.
Number one of four 340 Americas built by Vignale, this 1951 Ferrari 340 America Vignale Berlinetta actually won its third Mille Miglia… after an accident left it with a damaged front wheel and suspension. Those were the days. After the team cut out some bodywork the car was back on the road, coming in twenty minutes ahead of the next car!
One of three, the 1957 Ferrari 315 S Scaglietti Spider shown here is the only one left. Another Mille Miglia winner, this time in 1957. Also the only factory car to complete the race at Le Mans the same year, helping Ferrari win the World Championship of Sports Cars for 1957.
Also know as a SEFAC Hot Rod, this 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Scaglietti Berlinetta is one of the most famous of the 20 alloy-bodied SWBs, winning first in class at the 1961 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Entered at Le Mans by The North American Racing Team (NART) in 1965, this 1965 Ferrari 365 P2 Fantuzzi Spyder finished seventh. Only a month later it won at Reims 12 Hours then second at the Bridgehampton Double 500, each time Pedro Rodriguez was one of the drivers.