A replica 1960 Ferrari 246 F1 Chassis,

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Lot 157
A replica 1960 Ferrari 246 F1 Chassis,

£ 30,000 - 40,000
US$ 39,000 - 52,000
A replica 1960 Ferrari 246 F1 Chassis,
full-size meticulously crafted using aerospace quality cold drawn seamless steel tube throughout (certificates of conformity available to the successful bidder) and T45 rear lower tubes, rear shock mounts and front wishbone fabrications machined from EN8. These are ready honed for pins and bearings. The steering box and idler bushes are EN8 and honed. The front cross member has two internal swaged braces. All welding is by the TIG process. The chassis is 290cm long, 67cm high, 91cm at widest point (exhaust hangers). The construction of this superb replica has taken over 1200 working hours including research and building the necessary jigs.

Footnotes

  • This large tube chassis represents the final development of Ferrari's front-engined 246 Dino. Fitted with double wishbones, oil filled dampers and disc brakes on all wheels, this was as far as Ferrari developed their front engined Grand Prix cars. Although fast, the handling did not match the newer mid engined cars from Lotus, Cooper and Brabham. This prompted Ferrari to abandon the front engined concept altogether, resulting in a change of construction methods that required far less man hours to build a car. Racing cars from this era were made entirely by hand. Tubes cut, formed, mitred and welded by skilled fabricators; artisans who left their own identity on their work. This meant that the cars became as individual as the people who created them, with no two cars the same.

    The engineer who constructed this replica began to be interested in cars began at a very young age which resulted in him restoring a classic car at the age of 17. He began his career in the late 1970s by starting an engineering apprenticeship with the Post Office (now British Telecom) in London. After 12 years with the Post Office he left London to start a new type of career with a Ferrari specialist in the Cotswolds where he built a replica 246 Dino for a customer, who unfortunately had to shelve the project before it was completed. He then left to join a small outfit of very enthusiastic craftsmen who specialised in veteran and vintage car restoration and who were also completing a batch of Fraser Nash Le Mans replicas. He built the last three of the batch.

    He then went to work for Pangolin Editions, a world renowned foundry in the Cotswolds, noted for its high quality sculptures. He decided to create this Dino chassis as a tribute to the craftsmen of a time long gone, when skills were to be found in abundance and were passed on to the next generation and regards this chassis as a relevant example of how times have changed in the world of motor sport, he hopes it will appeal to people who would relish being given the opportunity to be able to recreate a car of historical importance and rarity.
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A replica 1960 Ferrari 246 F1 Chassis,
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A replica 1960 Ferrari 246 F1 Chassis,
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