Yes, it looks shabby, desolate and in desperate need of a good wash. But this big ol’ truck has transported victory on its rusty shoulders. Internet, this is a 1969 Ferrari Formula One transporter, and it’s coming up for sale.
Built by Italian truck manufacturer Officine Mecchaniche (OM) and drafted into action for the ‘69 F1 season, it served for 11 years delivering Scuderia Ferrari’s F1 cars and related equipment to the racetracks in one piece. Thus, it transported the Formula One cars and sportscars of Gilles Villeneuve, Carlos Reutemann, John Surtees, Mario Andretti and Jacky Ickx. Oh, and a couple of other chaps by the names of Niki Lauda and Jody Scheckter, both of whom won driver’s championship titles with Ferrari (Lauda twice, in ‘75 and ‘77, Scheckter in ‘79).
Using Top Gear’s limited understanding of Italian, we see from the logbook supplied (in the gallery above) that the truck is a diesel-powered, 8.0-litre six-cylinder with 173bhp. And, erm, that’s about it. To those of you who understand more, feel free to decipher the rest of the info and post below.
We’re told that the truck was retired in 1980, moving from the auspices of a ‘famous private Ferrari collector’ in Switzerland, to the Museum of Motorsport Racing in Fuji, Japan, where it is currently stationed. No word on price (you’ll have to ask, and only serious enquiries please), but this will include shipping fees from its current home in Japan.
OK, so it’s not as sub-zero cool as the Mercedes Renntransporter we showed you a couple of years back, but still, an old Ferrari race transporter isn’t exactly a Ford Focus, is it? Have a click through the pics and let us know what you think. Oh, and it’s probably obvious, but we have to remind you, it does NOT come with the sportscars shown in the pics. Shame.
It’s being offered up by Memento Exclusives - click here to see the ad.