29 August 1999
1984 FERRARI 126-C4
Chassis No. 074
For the 1984 season, Ferrari introduced an improved version of their potent and beautiful Tipo 126 Grand Prix. Modifications on the original design had been in use for five years with remarkable success.
For 1984 the monocoque remained a composite construction similar to that of the previous season's 126 C3, however thereafter the car was quite different.
The 126 C4 utilized completely redesigned cylinder heads and a deeper sump case. Numerous additional internal modifications brought about a reliable power increase from 540bhp to just over 600bhp at an astounding 12,200rpm!
In addition to improvements to the engine, the transverse gearbox was alos heavily modified and improved. This new six speed unit was both lighter and stronger than the previous design.
For the 1984 season, six chassis would be completed. They ranged from 126-071 to 126-076. Our subject vehicle was the fourth of these vehicles comleted and was built specifically for use by Michele Alboreto.
Alboreto used chassis 126-074 in its first race at the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder on April 29th 1984. Alboreto drove the new car flawlessly, easily winning the car's debut race!
Alboreto utilized the car in five additional races including the French Grand Prix where he failed to finish due to electrical problems, and in Monaco where he scored seventh overall.
Chassis 126-074 was also used later in the season as a backup and practice car in Montreal, Detroit and Dallas. In August of 1984 the car was officially retired and stored at the Ferrari Factory.
Chasis 126-074 was later sold to Cornes Motors Ltd. in Japan. The car was then sold to the Matsuda collection and only recently sold and imported into the United States.
In March of this year this car participated in a Ferrari North America Historic and Challenge Series race weekend held at Willow Springs Raceway. Two fifteen and one five lap sessions were run without incident and both drivers reported the car to be remarkably easy to drive under a variety of different circumstances. Upon completion of the weekend's activities, chassis 074 was inspected and serviced as required. The owner states that the car remains fresh and ready to race with the sole exception of tires. The successful owner will be provided detailed operating instructions and maintenance information. In addition, separate arrangements can be made to provide both race preparation and driving assistance post sale with the same driver/mechanics who have overseen the car for the previous three years.
Chassis 126-074 remains one of the most historically important and successful privately owned Grand Prix Ferraris in existence. Its extremely simplistic design, lack of computers and robust construction all combine to make it a welcome addition to any collection.
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