The Ferrari 312P was one of two new cars added to the Grand Prix Series in 1970.
The red Ferrari 312 P Spyder with #60 badges that the redline version is based on was one of three built in late 1968/early 1969 as part of a renewed Ferrari racing program, and it carried chassis number 0868. The “P” designates “prototipo”, and “312” indicates the engine displacement (3 litres) and number of cylinders (12). This particular 312 P Spyder was raced three times in preparation for the 1969 Le Mans 24-hour race. In its inaugural race in April of 1969, Mario Andretti (first time in the car!) and Chris Amon drove 0868 to a 2nd place overall and 1st place in class finish at the 12 hours of Sebring. The car was wearing #25 for that race.
few weeks later, Amon and Pedro Rodriguez drove
0868 – now sporting #60 badges – to a 4th place finish at Brands Hatch
in the UK. Two weeks after the Brands Hatch race, Rodriguez and
Peter Schetty drove 0868 in
a 1000 km race at Monza. The car was doing well until it went off
briefly and sustained some minor damage. After quick repairs in
Rodriguez went back out, only to have the rear bodywork come loose down
main straightaway! The car spun out and Rodriguez went backwards
the safety barriers. Rodriguez escaped injury but 0868 was badly
went back to the factory, never to be raced again.
two other 312 Ps,
chassis numbers 0870 and 0872, were converted from open Spyders to
Berlinettas (in an
effort to improve their top speed) for the 1969 Le Mans race but they
fare well. The 0872 car, with Amon behind the wheel, was taken
out in the first
lap by a burning fuel tank from a Porsche 917.
Ferrari 312 P #0868 at Brands Hatch (L) and Sebring (R) in 1969.
The Hot Wheels version of the Ferrari 312P featured a rear hatch that opened to show a detailed V-12 engine. Unlike the 1969 Grand Prix cars, the Ferrari 312P had a black-painted tail light panel and red-painted tail lights. All US and some HK blister packs included a sticker sheet with "60" racing numbers and two diamond-shaped Ferrari prancing horse logos. The HK cars that didn't come with a sticker sheet had pre-applied #60 stickers on the sides and rear deck, and a yellow Ferrari logo waterslide decal on the front of the car. It is not known whether the pre-applied stickers and decal are an early or late run feature. Perhaps of note is that 1973 issue 312Ps also had pre-applied stickers but no decal.
A pair of Spectraflame red HK Ferrari 312Ps. The one on the
right has factory-applied decal and stickers.
The Ferrari 312P was
produced in various
Spectraflame colors, as well as in red enamel like the real car.
made at both the US and HK
plants. Cars produced at the US plant featured a clear
interior, flat black- painted tail light panel, and meshed vents on top
of the rear
hatch. HK cars have a blue-tinted windscreen, black interior,
gloss black-painted tail
light panel, and plain vents. HK cars are marked "Hong Kong" on
the rear of the
with all 1970 cars, Ferrari 312Ps have cap style wheels, with
wheels in front and large wheels on the rear axle.
Purple HK and US Ferrari 312Ps. Can you tell which is which?
Ferrari 312P can
be found in some of the first generation colors and is common in most
second generation colors. See the chart below for a complete
the 1969 Le Mans and CanAm cars can be found in many US colors and a
few HK colors, the 1970 cars like the Ferrari 312P were made in many
colors at both plants. For whatever reason, some colors are much
others. Interestingly, colors that are rare for the 312P (e.g. US
pink) are not necessarily rare for the other 1970 Grand Prix car, the
These five colors are pretty scarce for US Ferrari 312Ps.
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Ferrari 312P Color chart
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Not the prettiest Ferrari, but this pink HK 312P is as rare as they get!
A watermelon HK Ferrari 312P showing off that V-12 engine!
Three shades of HK brown: copper in front, brown in the
middle, and an odd red-brown Ferrari in the rear.
An unusual find: a rose Ferrari 312P on a non-Grand Prix card.
A purple HK Ferrari 312P on a European "Racing Series" card.
A Ferrari 312P rainbow!