History

MI B39776 is one of the famous 1966 Autodelta team cars, which together won Autodelta their first European Touring Car Championship and Andrea de Adamich the drivers title! This is one of the best documented ’66 team cars with superb history and a vast catalogue of good quality photographs showing clearly who drove it at each of the events.  It was campaigned in 1966 by an incredible array of drivers including Jochen Rindt, Andrea de Adamich, Nanni Galli, Nino Vaccarella, Roberto Bussinello, Enrico Pinto & Geki Russo. It racked up a total of 3 victories; one for Vaccarella & Pinto combined at the car’s first event, and 2 dominant victories by the legend Jochen Rindt later in the year in Sweden and Austria.

Nino Vaccarella and Enrico Pinto prepare for the gruelling Trofeo Jolly Hotels Rally which started in Palermo Sicily & ended in Trieste in Northern Italy – this would be the first victory for MI B39776!

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Enrico Pinto on his way to 3rd overall on the Mt Ventoux Hillclimb – hillclimbs were part of the ETCC in 1966 but were awarded 1/2 points only.

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Roberto Bussinello at the wheel at the Nurburgring Nordschleife

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Andrea de Adamich drove the car as No.27 in the Spa 24hr race

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The car was shipped over to Snetterton the week straight after the Spa 24hr race and used as the testing car to save the other 2 cars for the race – its Spa night identification lights and roundal lights can all clearly still be seen fitted as well as the white tape on the right side of the bootlid. Doesn’t even look like it got a wash before being put on the transporter!

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Nanni Galli in practice at Snetterton

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Jochen Rindt wins outright at Karlskoga Sweden by some margin having dominated the entire weekend. Carlo Chiti sold the car in early 1967 to Ove Andersson, one might imagine that Ove was at this event and enquired about purchasing the winning car from Autodelta to use in Sweden for following year…? Interestingly Spa ID lights still can be seen on the rear wings!

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Andrea de Adamich in Budapest, he leads the race until the penultimate lap and sets fastest lap but clips a kerb, breaking a wheel rim in the process – not a surprise looking at the photos below. In the first photo you can see how close he is running to the righthand kerb, in the second you can see all the white paint from this kerb on the right front tyre side wall!

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Jochen Rindt once again dominates the weekend in the Preis von Tirol at Innsbruck, Austria!

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Jochen Rindt once again drove MI B39776 at Aspern, Vienna in the last race of the 1966 season; MI B39776 had clearly become Jochen’s choice Autodelta GTA! Having qualified on the front row with his teammate Nanni Galli, Jochen battles lap after lap, trading the lead with Galli until Jochen finally breaks the gearlever off, forcing an early retirement! With Rindt’s F1 commitments becoming more serious in 1967, this would be the last time he would step behind the wheel of an Autodelta GTA.

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