Take a step back in time to 1964, to a world of motor sport light years away from today, it really was a case of different times. However one thing was the same then, as it is now…Ferrari, it was the benchmark by which all other teams wanted to be measured, just like today it remains the team to beat. In one particular race the prancing horse took the win, however it was for the last time a factory-backed Ferrari would win the Le Mans 24 Hours out right on the top step of the podium at the Circuit de la Sarthe.
The Ferrari to do so, was a 275P, to be precise, chassis number 0816, the car collected the highest honour in the world of endurance racing in 1964, clocking an average speed of 122mph over 2918 miles. With it’s 3.3-litre V12 mounted amidships, it could push out a not too shy 316bhp at 7700rpm. Now after spending decades in a private collection, it will come up for auction in February of 2018.
After its Le Mans win, the car went to America, the two-seater spider participating in the 12 Hours of Sebring and at the Road America 500 three times.
Following it’s racing days the 275P spent the majority of its life in the famous Pierre Bardinon collection, home to dozens of other Ferrari’s. Now this very special classic Ferrari racer is to headline Artcurial’s France sale on February 9th in Paris and could become a record breaker. To do so, it will have to break the record set by another Ferrari, the 250GTO which sold 3 years ago for around £28M, quite whether the 275P will manage it all depends on if it’s history can capture the imagination of those with the means to buy it. Until then we shall wait and see…