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Gorgeous Factory Ex-McQueen 1970 Ferrari 512 S Up for Sale

Submitted by on June 7, 2017

1970 Ferrari 512 S

Images via Girardo & Co

This breathtaking 1970 Ferrari 512 S, driven for the Ferrari factory team by Jacky Ickx, John Surtees and Peter Schetty and owned by Steve McQueen, is up for sale at Girardo & Co.

The car, chassis 1004, was built in 1969 for the 1970 World Endurance Championship and made its debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona early in 1970. This was a race that saw the debut of two iconic sportscar racers – the Ferrari 512 S and Porsche’s world beating 917K.

1970 Ferrari 512 S

The car was driven at Daytona by Jacky Ickx and Peter Schetty. Ickx qualified the car fifth with a 117.331 mile an hour lap. Race day was less successful, with a tyre failure putting the car out 115 laps into the race.

Only one of the three factory Ferraris would finish the race, with Mario Andretti, Arturo Merzario and Jacky Ickx taking third. The top two spots would be secured by John Wyer Porsche 917Ks, with the lead car driven by Pedro Rodriguez, Leo Kinnunen and Brian Redman finishing miles out front.

1970 Ferrari 512 S

From the States, the car would return to Italy. Its next race was the 1000 Kilometres of Monza, held in April of 1970.

John Surtees joined Peter Schetty for the race and the pair qualified sixth. The factory cars put in a brilliant showing in front of their home crowd. They finished second, third and fourth, although the Porsche 917K of Pedro Rodríguez and Leo Kinnunen was quicker once again. Our car improved on its qualifying position, climbing up onto the podium with a third place finish.

1004 was then used by the factory for testing, including testing of a new high-speed tail which took place on a closed Italian Autostrada. Mid-way through 1970 it was sold with the engine and gearbox removed to Jacques Swaters and, at the point of sale, renumbered by Ferrari to 1024.

1970 Ferrari 512 S

Almost immediately it was sold to Steve McQueen’s production company Solar Productions for use in the film Le Mans. Its front and rear body sections were put on a Lola T70 used in the film’s famous crash scene.

To complete a very busy 1970, 1004 (1024) was then sold to Herbert Muller Racing in Switzerland. Nearly a decade later, in mid-1979 it was bought from an Italian owner as a complete chassis including body panels, wheels and other parts, by Manfred Lampe – a Ferrari 512 historian. During its previous ownership it had been renumbered again, to 1012

1970 Ferrari 512 S

During the late ’80s Lampe sent the car to Ferrari specialist Bob Houghton in the United Kingdom. A full rebuild began in 1991, assisted by the Ferrari factory. The restoration would take until well into 1999 to be completed and see the car restored to spider specification. Restoration finally complete, the car was shown at Concours Automobiles in Bagatelle, Paris, late in 1999.


In 2002 Ferrari confirmed it as the original 1004 car, and in 2011 gave it a Ferrari Classiche Certificate of Authenticity.

Now in beautiful condition complete with Classiche Certificate of Authenticity, and with an extensive global historic motorsport career under its belt, the car is ready for its next owner.

Full details can be found at Girardo & Co’s official website here.

Images via Girardo & Co

1970 Ferrari 512 S

1970 Ferrari 512 S

1970 Ferrari 512 S



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