Lot 16

2022   |   London Auction

1966 Ferrari 246 F1-66 Tipo 228 V-6 Engine


£125,000 - £175,000

Car Highlights

Engine No. 228 N.1

Developed for World Champion John Surtees to Campaign in the 1966 Tasman Series

Powered Ferrari Chassis 158-006 to Podium Finishes in the Monaco and Belgian Grands Prix

Offered from More than 40 Years in Current Ownership

Formerly Part of the Famed Bardinon and Setton Collections

Rare Opportunity to Acquire a Works Ferrari Competition Engine

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Joe Twyman

2,417 CC DOHC V-6 Engine
Mechanical Fuel Injection
280 BHP at 8,500 RPM

XV Gran Premio di Siracusa, Italy, 1966, Bandini, No. 14 (2nd)
XXIV Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco, 1966, Bandini, No. 16 (2nd, Fastest Lap)
XXVI Grand Prix de Belgique, 1966, Bandini, No. 7 (3rd)
XXVIII Grosser Preis von Deutschland, Scarfiotti, No. 11 (DNF)
XXXVII Gran Premio d’Italia, Baghetti, No. 44 (DNF)

At the end of 1965, the small 1.5-liter engine capacity limit, which had been the standard in Formula 1 since 1961, increased to three liters in an effort to bring more power to formula racing. Ferrari immediately began constructing a new three-liter V-12 engine for the following season and completed it ahead of schedule in December 1965.

With time on its hands, Ferrari began work on another project – this bespoke 2.5-liter, V-6 engine, stamped 228 N.1. It was developed for then-world champion John Surtees to use in the Tasman Series in New Zealand and Australia, where regulations stipulated a capacity limit of 2.5 liters. Unfortunately, the custom-built engine never made it Down Under, as Surtees crashed in an earlier Can-Am event and had to recover over the winter.

Upon his return to the cockpit, Surtees tested this V-6 engine (228 N.1) – fitted in chassis 158-006 – at Modena. He subsequently tested Ferrari’s new three-liter V-12, which turned out to be 2.5 seconds slower. Further behind than expected in the development of its three-liter powerplant, Ferrari utilized this smaller-capacity V-6 engine in a number of races during the 1966 season, including races at Siracusa, Monaco, and Spa.

At Siracusa, for the first European three-liter F1 event, race car driver Lorenzo Bandini qualified driving the 158/246, using this engine, and was second-quickest behind Surtees’ Ferrari 312. Bandini led briefly and finished 2nd behind his team leader. At the Monaco Grand Prix, Bandini qualified using the three-liter variant, but opted to use this smaller V-6 (228 N.1) for the race and scored a fantastic 2nd place, breaking the lap record and beating pole man Jim Clark’s qualifying time. A further podium finish in the Belgian Grand Prix for Bandini, which he briefly led, and retirements for both Ludovico Scarfiotti and Giancarlo Baghetti in the German and Italian Grands Prix respectively, completed this impressive engine’s period race history.

With Ferrari now on top of its three-liter engine development, 228 N.1 was retired from active service. The Ferrari engine and chassis 158-006 passed into the famed Bardinon collection and was subsequently acquired by the equally revered Setton collection.

When 158-006 was returned to 1.5-liter specification, 228 N.1 was removed from the car and passed into the collection of the current owner some 42 years ago.

This jewel of an engine is recognizable in period photos thanks to the unique trumpet layout extruding from the engine cover. With its stampings visible for inspection, this Ferrari 246 F1-66 Tipo 228 V-6 engine presents an opportunity unheard of in modern times: to acquire a significant piece of Ferrari’s 1966 Formula 1 story.