Two historic race cars are joining more than 100 masterpieces to be auctioned in this year’s long-awaited Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction.
First is the victorious 1980 Ferrari 312 T5 Formula One car once driven by Jody Scheckter. The Ferrari T series, under the magic hands of the brilliant engineer Mauro Forghier, won four Constructors’ and three Drivers’ World Championships. This T5, with chassis number 046 and the classic 515hp flat V12 powerplant, was in eight Grand Prix races and Scheckter was the Drivers’ winner that season. With such a rich and conquering record it is a significant piece in the history of motor racing.
The 1964 Lotus Type 34, driven by AJ Foyt, Parnelli Jones, Dan Gurney and Jim Clark in the Indianapolis 500, is equally iconic. It was during a time that the Indianapolis 500 was dominated by heavyweight front-engined cars, and Type 34 was one of the first to buck the trend, running a lightweight rear-engine arrangement that came out of a Lotus-Ford partnership. It represents the glorious days of Lotus as a four-time USAC race winner, eight-time USAC pole winner and Indy 500 pole sitter. Only two Type 34s are still in existence: one is in the Indianapolis Speedway Museum and the other is this Chassis no. 2 on offer.
Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction will take place on August 18 in Carmel, California.