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Policar Ferrari 412P Maranello Concessionaires - Le Mans 1967
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Policar CAR06c Ferrari 412P Maranello Concessionaires #23 Le Mans 24h 1967 - Richard Attwood and Piers Courage. RRP £64.95. Available now

Like the real cars, the Policar Ferrari 330 P4 and 412P models are things of beauty and fabulous to drive on the track. For many, the 330 P3 and P4 (and customer 412P) are the most attractive racing cars of all time. No 1966 P3s survive, most were used to create the 1967 P4 and 412P cars - of which eight were built and six survive...



The 412P was Ferrari's customer sports prototype for 1967 - an upgraded 330 P3 underneath, with the '67-style P4 bodywork on top. There were some differences from the works 330 P4 cars - most noticeably retaining Weber carburettors, rather than fuel injection - and they were never meant to be a threat to the factory cars on pace. Four 412P chassis were created - two from P3s and two brand new. The car delivered to UK Ferrari franchise Maranello Concessionaires was chassis #0854 - the second of the new chassis. Handed over to the British team at the Le Mans test weekend in April, the car first competed at the Spa 1000Kms - Dickie Attwood and Lucien Bianchi finishing third overall in the characteristic Maranello Concessionaires livery of Ferrari red with sky blue stripe...

       

Spa was merely a warm-up for the Le Mans 24 hours over the weekend of the 10 & 11 June. Attwood was partnered by fellow-Brit Piers Courage. Qualifying seventeenth, the Maranello Concessionaires car ran just outside the top ten through to just before dawn on the Sunday. The Ferrari's oil pump broke and the car was retired when the team's full allocation of oil was used up...

       

The final race in Maranello Concessionaires colours was at Brands Hatch - the final round of the world sportscar manufacturers' championship. Attwood was joined by David Piper - who'd soon be the owner of 412P #0854 - and they finished seventh, helping Ferrari to a slim two-point victory over Porsche in the championship. With the FIA changing the rules for sports prototypes, the 412P was no longer eligible for the world championship. Maranello Concessionaires sold their car to David Piper, who painted it green and raced it in Europe and South Africa with four outright wins. By the end of the season, the car had become an open-top Barchetta - thanks to a big shunt at Kyalami requiring major bodywork alterations. Piper retired the car from competition after more South African and European races in 1969.

The Maranello Concessionaires car has passed through a select group of private owners in Britain and the USA, now residing with movie producer and Le Mans racing team owner James Glickenhaus...



Glickenhaus has carefully restored the car to the original closed-top Berlinetta shape and painted it with the #9 Maranello Concessionaires livery carried at the 1967 BOAC 500 at Brands Hatch. It is considered the most original of the four 412P cars - all of which survive to this day and are worth in the region of US$50 million each.

       

The Policar model is rather more affordable, but there is no expense spared at Reggio Emilia to create a car that is as authentic as possible. New moulds provide small, but important differences between the works 330 P4 and the Maranello Concessionaires 412P - as can be seen in the images above. The new car also has an updated spare wheel and comes with aluminium rear hubs as spares in the box...

       

Underneath the beautiful bodyshell is the standard Slot.it/Policar Classic Sports layout, with a 23k rpm V12/4 S-Can motor in a 0.5mm offset sidewinder pod. You can also see the new CH85b screw guide and the SP45 connectors to allow a suitable Slot.it digital chip to be fitted without soldering.

       

Thanks to Jo and the team at Galileo Engineering for the spectacular images and update about the changes to the body. The CAR06c model is available now. Don't hang around if you want one!

   
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Thanks Andy - it is indeed a beautiful car!  Checkeredflag

Funny, when posting the 'body differences', they failed to highlight the engine cover which quite properly is 'humped' to clear the carbs!!

My only work on this one has been to take Mag out, add some weight to each side just in front of the motor and replace the rear tires with Firestones from Thunderslot.  I will, in the course of events, take out the interior and paint the helmet for Dickie Attwood!!

Thanks Maurizio and the gang from Policar-Slot.it!
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