1983 Ferrari Formula 1 126 C2 BSOLD

RM Auction: Ferrari - Legenda e Passione - Sunday, May 20, 2007

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Estimate: 380,000€-420,000€

418,000 € Sold

600 bhp, 1496 cc 120 degree twin turbocharged V-6 engine, multi-plate clutch, five speed gearbox, ZF limited slip differential, front suspension by double wishbones and inboard spring/damper units, rear suspension by upper trapezium and lower triangle, four wheel ventilated disc brakes with Brembo aluminium calipers. Wheelbase: 2,658 mm (104.6")

“ Winning a Grand Prix can be an emotional affair at the best of times but never was the magic as strong as this one. The crowd got exactly what they wanted, the victor was perhaps the most popular man in the paddock, and the whole affair seemed to be guided by an unseen force.

Race day was one of those stunning Italian days with clear skies and bright sunshine, and 100,000 tifosi arrived at the circuit with high hopes of a Ferrari victory. The Frenchman was starting third behind Arnoux and Piquet in the same spot Villeneuve had started his last race. During the night, fans had painted a maple leaf on the grid in honor of Villeneuve, an act that moved Tambay to tears before the race began.

Piquet stalled on the grid leaving Patrese as the sole Brabham while Arnoux got away cleanly from the front with Tambay close behind. The crowd went insane at the sight of the Ferraris in the lead. The Frenchman lost his place to Patrese after just two laps and was forced to watch as the Brabham shot off in pursuit of his team-mate. Patrese took the lead after six laps and looked as if he had the race sewn up before he made a disastrous pit- stop on lap 34. In his eagerness to get in and out quickly Riccardo overshot his pit. An overstretched air hammer lost its hose and Patrese made it even worse by failing to keep his brakes on during the wheel change. By the time he rejoined the race; Tambay had taken the lead and built up a comfortable ten second cushion.

Patrese chased hard and by lap 47 the gap was down to five seconds. Five laps later and Tambay ’ s lead had been slashed to just 1.5 seconds. The crowds were on tenterhooks. On lap 55 the Brabham got ahead as the pair entered the Tosa hairpin. With just two corners to go it looked as if Ferrari would fall at the final hurdle, then Patrese made another mistake and ran wide at Acque Minerali. He hit the ‘ marbles ’ and speared off into the tyre- wall. The race belonged to Tambay, Ferrari and the memory of Gilles Villeneuve. ” - www.gpracing.net

The 1983 Ferrari 126 C2B

Introduced in 1981, the new 126 was a technological marvel – initially producing 580bhp from just 1.5 litres, the new V6 engine was more compact and allowed better aerodynamics. Handling was a challenge that first year, partly because of the boost characteristics of the new engine.

For 1982, the new engine had been well sorted, and the new C2 packaged it in a state of the art chassis with an aluminum honeycomb monocoque tub. With the new stiffer chassis, the car was smaller and more nimble. The combination proved formidable and Ferrari won the Constructor ’ s Championship.

Although the new C3 was under development, it was not ready for the start of the 1983 season, so the C2 was updated – mainly with a new flat bottom to conform to rules changes. Engine output was increased to compensate for the loss of down force – to 650bhp in qualifying and 600bhp in racing trim. The car – now called the C2B – was even faster than it had been with ground effects the year before. Between the C2Bs and the C3s which were introduced mid season, the Scuderia won four races outright, including Tambay ’ s victory at Imola in s/n 065, capturing the Constructors championship for the second year in a row.

For the Tifosi, 1983 was a season to be remembered – savored, even. Not until the Schumacher era would Ferrari again reign as supreme.

Patrick Tambay

Born in 1949, Patrick Tambay was a charismatic Frenchman, who contested no less than 114 Formula 1 races. While he had a strong track record in other series – notably his Can Am championships - he seemed a talent in search of a team until the day he received a call from Enzo Ferrari, asking if he would join the team. It was a bittersweet moment for Tambay, coming as a result of the tragic death of his friend – and racing legend - Gilles Villeneuve.

In just his fourth race for Ferrari, at Hockenheim in 1982, Tambay won his first Grand Prix race. His tenure with the Scuderia lasted just two seasons, but included many memorable drives, most notably, his victory at Imola driving with the same number Villeneuve had, in the car offered here today. It was an emotional moment, and almost certainly the high point of his career.

1983 Ferrari 126 C2B – S/N 065

One of just two examples from the 1983 Championship winning year, Ferrari 126 C2B, s/n 065, was completed in December of 1982, and began testing shortly thereafter. The car ’ s first race was the Grand Prix of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, where Tambay drove to a fifth place finish. Entries followed at Long Beach and the French GP before Tambay ’ s definitive drive at Imola, where he took the checkered flag in honor of his friend Gilles Villeneuve.

A fourth at Monaco was next, followed by two podium finishes: second at Spa-Francorchamps and third at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal as well as a dnf at Detroit. Finally, at Silverstone, the new C3s were ready, and s/n 065 became a spare car for the balance of the season.

After the season, Patrick Tambay decided that his Imola-winning car was so important to him that he asked the Scuderia for s/n 065. Ferrari consented, and became the first owner of his own San Marino Grand Prix winning car. This very Ferrari would remain with Tambay until May of 1987 when the vendor – a personal friend of Tambay ’ s - acquired the car at Brooks ’ Monaco sale.

Of all the Grands Prix in a season, the San Marino race at Imola is one of the most important for Ferrari. It is an Italian race, and the fans are legendary in their devotion to the marque. Of all the races at Imola over the years, Tambay ’ s victory in 1983 while wearing Gilles Villeneuve ’ s number will always be one of the most memorable – making s/n 065 a very special Ferrari indeed.

With only two owners from new, the first being the driver who won that legendary race, s/n 065 offers not only superlative racing history – but impeccable provenance as well. Its multiple podium finishes were crucial to Ferraris Constructor ’ s Championship that year. Taken together, it is, without question, one of the most important Formula 1 cars of its time.

Reference Number 8581

as of 4/15/2007

Car 1983 Ferrari Formula 1 126 C2 B
VIN 065 
Exterior / Interior Color      Red /      Black 
Configuration Central Steering 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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