1965 Ferrari 1512

Ferrari built three of these cars 40 years ago and never used the engine again. If you blew it up, it would be a very long walk home

In an attempt to curb the ever-increasing speeds of Formula One, engine regulations were changed in 1961 to a maximum capacity of 1.5 liters. By the time more generous three-liter rules were established for 1966, manufacturers had designed some wonderful and potent small-capacity engines, which were mated to incredibly nimble chassis.
Ferrari’s 1512 is regarded as technically without compare. It was the first flat-12 engine produced by Ferrari’s engineer Mauro Fogheiri, an incredible exotic with 24 spark plugs, four distributors, four ignition coils, and fuel injection. Whilst power initially was not immense, the flat twelve had an incredibly low center of gravity, which made for significantly improved handling.
As the Coventry-Climax V8s of Jim Clark and others were gaining in horsepower over the 1964-65 seasons, what the 1512 really needed was more power. By the Grand Prix at Monza in September 1965, Ferrari introduced a significantly improved 1512 engine. New cylinder heads were made with altered port angles, and intake stacks were now angled slightly outwards instead of vertically. John Surtees put his upgraded Ferrari 1512 on the front row and enthused over the improvements. This car, chassis 0008, was piloted by Lorenzo Bandini, who came home in fourth place.
Only three Ferrari 1512s were ever constructed, and with no application following the 1965 season, they never evolved into other racing cars. Following withdrawal from service, S/N 0008 was purchased by Luigi Chinetti and was restored in Italy with the livery that NART had run at the end of 1964. It remained unused in Chinetti’s collection until the early 1990s when bought by the current owner, who has preserved the car in an unused state since.
This wonderful 1512 is eligible for numerous historic racing events and is sure to attract the attention it warrants wherever it goes. In our opinion, it is one of the most significant Ferrari Formula One cars of all time.

Thor Thorson

Thor Thorson - SCM Contributing Editor

Thor grew up in northern Iowa. His father bought a red Jag XK 150 in the late 1950s, and that was all it took; he has been in love with sports cars , racing cars and the associated adrenaline rush ever since. He has vintage raced for more than 20 years, the bulk of them spent behind the wheel of a blue Elva 7. When he’s not racing, he is president of Vintage Racing Motors Inc., a collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support company based in Redmond, WA. His knowledge runs the full spectrum of vintage racing, and he has put that expertise to good use for SCM since 2003.

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