Any. Ferrari race car is special, but one that’s practically in mint condition? That’s something you just don’t see.
One such vehicle is the “One of these cars.” a 250 LM from 1964Auctioned by Artcurial in February at its upcoming Rétromobile Show. Why is the vehicle still retaining its original key parts nearly 60 years after it was first rolled off the line? It has never been raced.
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It might not be as well-known as the 250 GTO—one of which sold for over $48.4 million—but Scaglietti-built 250 LM It is even more rare. It was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 1963 and was the berlinetta model of the 250P prototype. Only 32 examples of the racer were produced between 1964 and 1966, as the FIA refused homologation. Despite the small production run, the 250 LM was destined to be a racing legend. In 1965, it became the last Ferrari that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
This is chassis no. This example, chassis no. 5901 was the tenth 250 LM to cross the line. It was bought by Luigi Chinetti, founder of the North American Racing Team (NART). This car is one of two that has never seen action in a race. However, it was entered in the Daytona 24 Hours as an unutilized reserve car in 1966. While it may not have enjoyed the same glory as its peers, the tradeoff for this car is that it still looks great to this day. Artcurial states that the car still has its original chassis and 3.3-liter V-12, five speed manual gearbox, and Pinifarina designed body.
The NART racer has been owned by a variety of collectors. It finally crossed the Atlantic in 1997 and was then purchased by the same French enthusiast. It looks like it has been meticulously maintained throughout its life, including a restoration done by DK Engineering (a British specialist).
The 250 LM will be up for bidding over the weekend. Artcurial hasn’t announced a pre-sale estimate for the car, and it’s easy to see why. There’s no reason to limit the market for something so special. A Ferrari racer-style car this rare and well-maintained will command a substantial sum. Don’t be surprised if it ends up on this list.
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