JUL 08th 2014

Cars that rock Classic Le Mans: 1969 Ferrari 312P

Things aren’t always as they seem. This incredibly beautiful Ferrari 312P started out life with Spider bodywork and with a completely different motor. Hard to believe, isn’t it? It just looks so …right.

The V12 it runs now is similar to a 1969 Ferrari F1 engine, and we’re reliably informed that it can spin safely to 13,000rpm (!), although at Le Mans it will be shifting at ‘only’ 11,000. Renowned pilot David Franklin reckons that low-down torque is almost zero, and that nothing really happens below about 7,000rpm. We can, sadly, only imagine what that must be like.

Now residing in Switzerland, the car will likely return there after the Classic and not be taken out again in the near future. Unless of course we can convince the owner to bring it to Goodwood for a bit of a play. Hmmm, I think we’ll need to have a word …


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