I had to check the documentation on my many Ferrari books and I finally found that the Ferrari 712 of 1971 had been raced by Andretti at Watkins Glen (where it finished fourth) with number “50”. While at the Nurburgring Oldtimer Gran Prix in 1997, I was surprised to see the 712, that was in A. Obrist’s collection, still with the “50” on its body.
And so finally I got the subject for my birthday party invitation, and took photos of the 712 at various classic race events over the next few years. The 712 was the largest capacity Ferrari ever constructed and therefore of unique interest.
A Brief History of the Biggest, Meanest, Wildest Ferrari ever Built
The 712 was a one off, very special Ferrari built expressly for the Canadian American “Can Am” series of races in North America. The Canadian American Challenge Cup was created in 1966 and was open to two-seaters sport cars with unlimited engine capacity, just when the CSI decided to limit to 3 liters the capacity for the sport cars of the group 6 (prototypes) and to 5 liters the capacity for the sport cars produced in 50 models (group 4).
More details on the Ferrari CanAm cars can be found in:
Cavallino number 102
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