Ferrari 312 T2 with chassis number 026 was driven by Niki Lauda during the 1976 season. At the Belgium Grand Prix, Lauda finished in first place. At Monaco, the car was driven to another first place finish.
Ownership later passed to Lou Sellyei of the USA. In 1993 the car was sold to Bruce McCaw.
In 1994, McCaw brought the car to the Ferrari Club of America Concours in Monterey where it was awarded an Award of Competition Excellence. At the International Ferrari Concours it won Second in Class. In 1994 and 1995 it competed in the Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca.
In 1996 it was brought, by McCaw, to the Mollie Stone Wine Country Classic. In 1997 it was shown at the Petersen Museum in LA as part of the Ferrari at 50 Exhibit.
In 2001 the car was sold to Chris MacAllister of Indianapolis, IN. He brought and drove it at the Cavallino Classic in 2006.Also photographed at :
Enzo Ferrari found employment in the Italian automobile industry after World War I. By the 1930s, he had formed his own racing team, entering Alfa Romeos. For a short time at the end of the 1930s, he worked for Alfa.
In 1940, he built the first two cars on his own manufacturer under the name Auto Avio Costruzioni, in deference to a non-compete agreement he had signed with Alfa Romeo when he left. World War II ended that effort.
When the war was over, Ferrari began making cars under his own name in Maranello, and by 1947 began winning races. His cars have since won almost all of the world's major races, with the notable exception of the Indianapolis 500. Ferraris won the World Sports Car Championship fourteen times before retiring from sports car racing in 1972 to concentrate on Grand Prix racing. In Grand Prix racing, they are the most successful team in history, having won both the Drivers' and the Constructors' Championship fourteen times each.
In 1975, Austrian Niki Lauda had won the World Grand Prix Driver's Championship in a Ferrari 312 T2, the first time a Ferrari driver had achieved that since John Surtees in 1964. The T indicates a transversal gearbox. For 1976, the team updated their cars to 312 T2 specifications.
At the beginning of that year, Lauda ran off two wins and a second in a 1975 car, the 312 T2. With the introduction of the 312 T2 at the Spanish Grand Pirx, Lauda scored victories at Spain (after James Hunt's winning McLaren was disqualified), Belgium, Monaco, and Britain.
Lauda then crashed his 312 T2 at the German Grand Prix, suffering injuries serious enough that a priest gave him last rites. In a dramatic recovery that shocked his doctors and the public, he returned to the cockpit six weeks later, at the Italian Grand Prix. Because of his early season successes, Lauda still led his main championship rival, James Hunt, by three points, as they went into the final race of the season in Japan.
The race was run in appalling wet conditions, and remains one of the most dramatic in Grand Prix history. After several drivers had accidents following lurid slides on the wet track, Lauda made the courageous decision to drive directly into the pits after the third lap and retire. he did not feel his physical condition was up to the challenge of the elements. Hunt ultimately finished third and won the Driver's Championship, but because of retirements, it is likely Lauda could have won it, had he continued. Nonetheless, Ferrari still retained enough points to win the 1976 Manufacturer's Grand Prix Championship with the 312 T2. The car show was driven in 1976 by Niki Lauda in Spain, Belgium, Monaco, Sweden, France and the remarkable race in Japan. Lauda also drove it in the first two races of 1977, Argentina and Brazil. Niki would go on in 1977 to recapture the World Championship that he first won for Ferrari in 1975.