Historic Dino 166/246T Tasman at Bonhams
This amazing little workhorse had quite a life, both in service for Ferrari and for privateers. It was driven in its day by Chris Amon, Brian Redman, and Tino Brambilla in its European racing life, and then Chris Amon and Graeme Lawrence drove it to back-to-back Tasman Championships.
This 1968-69 Ferrari Dino 166/246T Formula 2/Tasman Formula 2, s/n 0008, began its 1968 Formula 2 campaign in Europe with a brand-new with 1600 cc V-6 F2 engine, to be driven by Chris Amon in the Barcelona round of the European Formula 2 Championship at Montjuich Park, in which he finished third.
Brian Redman next drove it in the Formula 2 EifelRennen at the Nurburgring Sudschleife, finishing 4th. Chris Amon then drove it at Hockenheim and Zandvoort, to indeterminate results. In Holland, Tino Brambilla drove s/n 0008 home into third place in Heat One, also setting fastest race lap. Brambilla then finished third overall and at the Mediterranean GP at Enna in Sicily.
This chassis was then prepared with full 2.4 liter Tasman Formula V-6 engine and sent to New Zealand for the start of the 1969 Tasman Championship. Chris Amon and Derek Bell drove the two works cars, s/n 0008 and s/n 0010. Chris Amon won 4 out of the 7 races in s/n 0008, and emerged as 1969 Tasman Champion.
New Zealand national driver Graeme Lawrence proposed that he buy s/n 0008 to drive the following year, and eventually Ferrari agreed. He raced it in the 1970 Tasman Championship, and gained the Championship.
Eventually the car was bought by the great French Ferrari connoisseur Pierre Bardinon, who preserved it his private collection at Mas du Clos. Around 1980, it was bought by Fabrizio Violati for his Maranello Rosso Collection.
Source: Info from Cavallino staff and Bonhams; images from Bonhams.
For more information on s/n 0008, and complete race results, see Cavallino #161.