With this vintage racer, Ferrari Classiche pulled off a miracle.
A Ferrari collector brought a car to Ferrari Classiche that seemed like an impossible task to return to its original glory. It was an F1 single-seater from the 1960s, and while it was historic, its condition was far from perfect. The 1967 Ferrari 312 F1, chassis 0007, was driven by Chris Amon and Derek Bell. In 1968, it made history as the first F1 car with a rear wing at the Belgian Grand Prix. The French collector who brought the car to the technicians at Maranello did so because the car had broken down during a historic race event.
Ferrari Classiche has one of the world’s most impressive archives of vintage documents, drawings, and information, and when the car was brought to them, they were able to retrieve original documents from the car and rebuild the engine in its original form, even preserving the defects that were involved. The only change was to switch from magnesium to aluminum for the crankcase for reliability and usability. While the heads of the engine that were brought to the factory were saved, the rest of the engine was rebuilt, using a 3D model made from original drawings, and components that were built in the foundry. What resulted was a Ferrari that was revitalized and ready to continue living out its incredible racing legacy as a historic F1 car, and with its V12-powered F1 sound, it won’t go unheard.