The 330 P3/4 and P4 rightly deserve their place in the pantheon of beautiful race cars, but it's no disservice to the 312 P. It's stunningly pretty in its own right. Running a liter less of displacement, the 312 P's intensely streamlined bodywork stretched well beyond its wheelbase. Simple plexi-covered single headlights are not as iconic as the 330's twin-lamp units, but look at the complex trailing edge of the front fender, and the squared-off top of the rear fender. And in profile, the swooping shoulder line and louvered rear cover are stunning.
Of course, it sounds pretty great, too. The 3-liter V12 is a screamer, a derivation of the F1 engine of the time. Bad luck surrounded the 312 P at the 1969 Le Mans, with neither car finishing. No matter—this one seems to be doing just fine at Monza, starting up with a slow growl and then screaming around the track at a good clip.