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Every year, each Formula One team on the grid designs a brand-new car and builds a handful of them for use at grands prix around the world. So what happens to the old ones? Well, the less important ones might get scrapped, unfortunately. The more important ones might find their way into museum collections. But then there's a whole class of collectors who buy them for use at historic racing events or private track days.

Those collectors lust after opportunities like this one: to own a grand prix-winning car driven by a World Champion for a team no less celebrated than Scuderia Ferrari. This 1974 Ferrari 312 B3 was the very same that Niki Lauda drove to the checkered flag at the Dutch Grand Prix and Spanish Grand Prix that year. And while it would have been worth more if those races had helped Lauda secure the championship that year, unfortunately, a series of DNFs relegated him to fourth place in the standings, returning the following year to win his first title.

Just the same, the car is now based in California, has been fully backed and certified by the factory, and is on sale now on eBay Motors. Check it out in the image gallery and follow the link to the auction page for a closer look. Thinking of bidding? Be quick about it – there's mere hours left on the auction.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Luke LaPierre
      • 3 Years Ago
      if i may, the photography isnt doing the car justice. it looks like an 1:18 model from exoto. http://www.exoto.com/s/1/ProductDetails.aspx?Language=en&CategoryId=143&ProductId=1101 the car in the ad just doesnt look like a real car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Luke LaPierre
        I was going to post up the same exact thing... looks from the photos like a small toy racecar, not the real deal.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's not an F1 car - it has 3 pedals. /sarcasm
      • 3 Years Ago
      That thing got a hemi?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I saw this car in person at the Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance this year and the cockpit was tiny. According to the auction it also lives about 15 min away from me. (at least for the next few days)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear Santa...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Purely fantasizing here, but would someone like me with a 6'1" height be able to jam themselves into this thing via a seat mod? Lauda's height is supposedly 5' 7.5", so I'm doubting it, but perhaps leg length is more important than overall body height. Then again, width would be a concern for me as well...