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FOR SALE: 1995 Ferrari F1 412 T2

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History

The ex-Jean Alesi, ex-Gerhard Berger

Engine # 044/3n52

Specifications:

3,000cc, Ferrari Type  044 75°

V-12 engine, Magneti Marelli electronics, six-speed transverse gearbox, double wishbones, pushrod and torsion spring front suspension, double wishbones, pushrod and  torsion spring rear suspension, four-wheel disc  brakes. Wheelbase: 2,930mm (115.4in.)

Sold on Bill of Sale only
Ferrari Classiche Certification Package.

This  lot has originated in the  United States and  is present at  the  sale under a temporary import bond, which must be cancelled either by  exporting the  lot  outside of Italy on an approved bill  of lading with supporting customs documentation or by paying the applicable VAT and import duties to  land  the  lot in Italy.

The Ferrari 412  T2 was the  latest design from John  Barnard’s UK-based Ferrari Design and  Development. Jean Todt  was  again at the  helm and the  Scuderia looked to  build on its promising 1994 season and to  increase momentum with a view to  challenging for  the  World Championship in 1995.

The Formula 1 regulations changed before the start of the 1995 season following the  tragic events of the previous year. The Formula 1paddock was still reeling at the deaths of  Roland Ratzenberger and  the  great Ayrton Senna  and  fairly radical changes were made in an attempt to make the  sport safer. Engines were  reduced from 3.5  litres to  3.0  litres, in order to reduce speeds. All the cars  were  fitted with cockpit side  protection. The front and  rear  wings were  modified to reduce downforce and  therefore cornering speed.

The Ferrari 412  T2 was considered by most to  be the  most beautiful car of the  season from a purely aesthetic standpoint, and  the  team’s drivers, Jean Alesi and  Gerhard Berger, had  little to complain about with regard to  the car’s  stability and  handling. In fact  the  car  was blindingly quick straight out  of the  box.  At Interlagos, the  opening round, Berger finished third but  was briefly given the  win  after Michael Schumacher (Benetton)  and  David Coulthard (Williams) were temporarily disqualified for  a fuel irregularity, before being reinstated, much to Ferrari’s indignation. Alesi was fifth. At Buenos Aires  for round two, Alesi put  matters straight by finishing a close second  behind Damon Hill. The  season  continued to progress well for the  Prancing Horse  with Alesi second and Berger third at Imola, putting the  team first against Williams in the Constructors’ Championship.

Spain  and  Monaco  saw  both cars  qualifying right at the  sharp end  of the  grid  with Berger on the  podium in both races. At the  Canadian Grand  Prix on  11 June Jean Alesi scored his first (and  only) Grand Prix victory at  his 91st attempt. It was an emotional win  for  all concerned, not  least  Alesi, and  no one  in the  paddock begrudged the  talented and  well-liked Frenchman his day in the  sun.

The Canadian Grand  Prix  would be the  only victory for Ferrari, although points, finishes and  podiums abounded, and, but  for bad  luck, Alesi would ha ve led Berger home to give the team a fantastic one-two at Monza. Disastrously, the  wing-mounted camera on Alesi’s car fell off  and  hit Berger’s car, damaging the suspension. Alesi suffered a rear  wheel bearing failure just a few  laps  from taking his second victory. Alesi again drove quite beautifully at the  European Grand Prix  – another race  he should have  won. The  Ferrari 412  T2  presented here, chassis number 163, was used  by Alesi for  the  first time at the  Belgian Grand Prix at Spa at  the end of  August. He put this  car second on the  grid, just over  two-tenths behind Berger in chassis 162. At the  start Johnny Herbert shot through from the  second row to  take the  lead, with Alesi second. Alesi took the  lead at Les Combes and  began to pull away. Sadly  on lap  four  Alesi was in the  pits, the  car had suffered a suspension breakage and  he  was out. Berger was in chassis  163  at the  Australian Grand Prix, the  final  round of the Championship. He qualified fourth, less than half  a second behind Hill  on pole, but suffered an engine failure on lap 34  whilst running in second place. The Ferrari 412  T2 was an incredibly competitive, Grand Prix-winning car. Number 163 is a race-leading car  and has been  driven by two  of Ferrari’s favorite sons. It is, of course, eligible for  all. the  world’s great events and the Corse Clienti programme. To ensure it will be competitive in these events, chassis 163  has just undergone  a complete service by Ferrari and  has  accumulated only the  necessary test  miles to ensure that it is ready to  race. Included in the  sale of the  car are all the ancillary equipment required to  operate the  412  T2, including the starter (minus batteries), an engine heater, a systems pressure pump, a fuel pump, a laptop computer with an engine monitoring software package, a rolling jack  stand and  some additional miscellaneous fittings.

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