Gooding & Company has announced the sale of Niki Lauda's 1975 Ferrari 312T at its upcoming Pebble Beach auction, which also marks the first time a Ferrari 312T has ever been presented for sale at auction. The championship-winning race car is just one of five "transversale" Grand Prix cars, a model that has won 27 races. It's said that Lauda was involved in the early development and testing of the 312T in an effort to make up for the performance of the year prior, which was filled with mechanical failures that kept Ferrari away from the top of the podium in 1974.
Lauda's hands-on approach proved to be worth the effort as he went on to win the 1975 F1 world championship, which was Ferrari's first title since 1964. After the end of its racing career, the 312T made its way through a handful of collectors throughout the world and ended up in America, where the car has been carefully rebuilt by Dennison International and refinished in its Rossa Corsa livery. Following the restoration, it went on to place third in its class when it was shown at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
The Gooding Pebble Beach auction will begin on August 16th.
$6,000,000 – $8,000,000 (estimate), goodingco.com