Cars 4 Sale: Ferrari 312 T2 Niki Lauda ItalyCar
One of Seven: 1:2 Scale working Ferrari 312 T2 tribute car is currently for sale in Italy.
After joining Ferrari’s Formula One team in 1974, Niki Lauda won the 1975 Drivers’ Championship, the team’s first in eleven years. To celebrate this, ItalyCar of Bologna produced five 1:2 scale Ferrari 312 T2 motorized kids’ cars. This is one of those five. It is currently for sale by Erredibimotori in Modena, Italy. While it will cost around 100,000 Euros ($120,000), and about 7,000 Euros ($8,500) more to ship it to the United States, its still a good deal and I will later explain why.
According to the listing, the first Ferrari 312 T2 ItalyCar was produced by the company’s owner for his daughter. He was able to contact several of contracted Ferrari suppliers directly to negotiate the building of authentic half-scale items (Momo built a half-scale steering wheel, Goodyear made half-size tires, etc.)
The first example was shown at the 1976 Bologna Motor Show and it is believed Niki Lauda himself later ordered one for his son. Unfortunately, this authenticity proved to come at a cost as, after only five of the cars were produced, ItalyCar went into bankruptcy. Pony Car, another kids’ car maker in Bologna, acquired the production rights to the half-scale 312 T2 and built two more cars. They too then realized the production costs were too high. A total of seven, therefore, were produced.
The car is powered by a 60 cc two-stroke, single cylinder engine with a top speed of around 37 MPH. The transmission has two forward gears, as well as a reverse. The car also includes independent suspension, alloy wheels, slick tires and working gauges including a tachometer that goes up to 12,000 RPM. Period correct attention to detail, such as including the front rollbar behind the steering wheel as well as brake cooling ducts next to the front tires, are truly remarkable.
You might still be thinking $120,000 is a bit steep for a glorified Formula One “Power Wheels.” You could either get a modern, safer and slower motorized kids’ car or a fully focused actual racing go-kart for a fraction of the price. Its still a bargain. Back in 2019, an actual 1975 race-winning Ferrari 312 T was sold at auction by Gooding and Company for $6 million. If you want a scaled-down, Formula 1 mini racing thrill for your child, grandchild or niece or nephew (and have $120,000 lying around), the ItalyCar 312 T2 might be just what you need.