Artcurial: a Ferrari 250 LM Berlinetta at Rétromobile

Artcurial Motorcars is actively preparing its auction at the Rétromobile show scheduled for February 3, during which it will notably offer a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM.

In 2023, Ferrari will make its big comeback at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a vehicle registered in the premier category of Endurance. The Ferrari 499P developed for the LMH category of the World Endurance Championship (WEC), will have the task of enabling the Italian manufacturer to return to overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A victory that has not come back to him since 1965, and the success of a 250 LM (for “Le Mans”) won by the crew made up of Masten Gregory and Jochen Rindt.

The Ferrari 250 LM will celebrate its sixtieth anniversary in 2023. Only 32 examples of this mythical chassis left the Maranello workshops between 1963 and 1966. The example offered for sale at Rétromobile by Artcurial Motorcars, chassis #5901, is the 10th of them.

The 250 LM is a Grand Touring version of the Ferrari 250 P. However, its entry into competition was in the prototype category for homologation issues. It won the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 5.0-litre Prototype category.

This model, fitted with bodywork designed by Scaglietti, was powered by a Colombo V12 block developing some 320 hp, the power of which was sent to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual gearbox. This cavalry associated with the weight of the vehicle located under the bar of 850 kg, allowed it to spin at 287 km / h in top speed and to swallow the 0 to 100 km / h in just over 6 seconds.

Chassis #5901 was entered in competition by the NART

Chassis 5901 assembled in 1964 by the manufacturer from Maranello, was delivered to the American importer Luigi Chinetti and entered by the NART (North American Racing Team) as a reserve car in the 1966 edition of the 24 Hours of Daytona. However, this chassis never took to the track in competition. Only two 250 LM models are in this case. This status has enabled this example to retain all of its original components (chassis, engine, gearbox, bodywork).

Remaining with American collectors until 1997, this 250 LM then won a European collection where it underwent a complete restoration carried out by the English specialist DK Engineering.

“This Ferrari 250 LM represents the perfect balance between aesthetics and performance efficiency,” explains Matthieu Lamoure, Managing Director of Artcurial Motorcars. “To take this masterpiece of art to the firmament of international auctions is an honor for my team and myself. »

Artcurial Motorcars has not offered an estimate for this Ferrari 250 LM chassis which will be exhibited at the Retromobile Show from February 1st.

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