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Ferrari 250 LM Berlinetta Stradale 1964
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For 1963, Enzo Ferrari signed on two new British recruits for his works racing team, John Surtees and Michael Parkes, both experienced with rear-engined cars. Realising that the future was in rear-engined cars, Ferrari launched the 250 P sports prototype, a rear-engined V12 with 3 litres which immediately proved totally dominant in the 1963 Sports Car World Championship. Challenged by Ford with their new Cobra in the Gran Turismo class for the 1964 season, Ferrari reviewed its options and developped 3.3 litre and 4 litre V12 engines, but also had the clever idea of roofing in the open-cockpit 250 P prototype, hence creating the 250 LM. The Ferrari attempt to persuade the FIA to accept the 250 LM as a Gran Turismo "production" car was shattered by an outright refusal of the FIA, accepting the 250 LM to run only as a sports prototype.
The 250 LM featured the new tubular Tipo 577 chassis by Vaccari, stiffened aluminium coachwork designed by Pininfarina and executed by Scaglietti, and the 3.3 litre V12 engine (only the prototype 5149LM was 3 litre, the next 33 cars were 3.3 litre). When launched at the October 1963 Paris Salon, the 250 LM caused a sensation, and orders were received instantly, led by British Ferrari importer Colonel Ronnie Hoare for the Maranello Concessionaires Team, Luigi Chinetti for NART and Belgian importer Jacques Swaters for Ecurie Francorchamps. No less impressive were the first driving impressions, offering fabulous, uninterrupted view of the road and very nimble handling in spite of the somewhat cramped driving position and the enormous heat caused by the hot water and oil tubes running through the chassis.
Although prone to failure if mishandled and generally sensitive, and seriously challenged by the larger-engine sports prototypes, the 250 LM still made its mark and realised a number of significant successes. One was a double victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1965 by the NART-entered 250 LM 5893LM of Masten Gregory/Jochen Rindt and the Ecurie Francorchamps 6313LM of Dumay/Gosselin. Equally significant was the 12 Hours Reims race the year before when Surtees/Bandini finished 2nd with the NART car, and Graham Hill/Joakim Bonnier achieved a sensational victory averaging 130 mph per lap including 40 mph hairpins, and setting fastest lap at 133.437 mph – on lap 254 !
This particular car is one of only three Stradale Speciale version, specifically made for comfortable road use, and featuring a.o. a full plexi glass cover over the engine.
Chassis number : 5995
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