John Surtees signed Ferrari 158 Mexican GP, 1:18 by LookSmart
The 1964 Mexican Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Ciudad Deportiva Magdalena Mixhuca in Mexico City on October 25, 1964.
It was perhaps the most dramatic finale in the history of the World Championship. Championship points could only be scored by the first six finishers (9–6–4–3–2–1 points). Arriving to the race, three drivers had a chance of winning the title: Graham Hill (BRM P261) with 39 points, John Surtees (Ferrari) with 34, and Jim Clark (Lotus 33-Climax) with 30. In order to win the title, Clark had to win the race, with Surtees finishing not higher than third and Hill not higher than fourth. Surtees could only win the title by finishing first, in each case, or second, unless Hill finished as high as third.
Realizing Surtees could win the title by finishing second, the Ferrari team manager frantically signalled Bandini to slow down as he passed the pits to enter the last lap and let Surtees through. Bandini dutifully did so and Surtees finished second, thus winning the World Championship of Drivers by one point over Hill. Ferrari cars were entered by American NART team and painted white and blue, the national colours of the teams from the United States. This race was the last time Ferrari cars wore other than the traditional red colour (rosso corsa) in Formula One.
This superb hand-made 1:18 scale model, with driver figure of the Championship winning Ferrari 158 by LookSmart is one of the rarest of their superb range, and comes in a high quality display case complete with Alcantara base complete with plaque signed by John Surtees.