It could be the Italian car makers most important car, or at least according to acclaimed auction house RM Sothebys, this rare Ferrari 275 P could be just that.
To be more precise, chassis no. 0816. The 1963 Ferrari was built to take part in the World Sports Car Championships, and was one of their most successful works racing cars, winning the inarguable 24hrs Le Mans in 1964 with drivers Jean Guichet and Nino Vaccarella piloting the 275P.
The car certainly has an interesting past, one which has only recently come to light. Research by Ferrari Classiche, has discovered that Ferrari had originally intended to send chassis no. 0814 to Le Mans in 1963, but it was badly damaged at the Nürburgring the month before. It transpires that Ferrari then sent this car, chassis no. 0816 to Le Mans using the entry it had secured for 0814, rather than fill out paperwork for a new entry. So, the true history of 275 P 0816 has remained hidden for years. making it the only Ferrari to win Le Mans twice.
One of Ferrari’s earliest mid-engined sports cars, with 3.3-litre V12 making around 320 hp. Chassis no. 0816 also raced for the North American Racing Team (N.A.R.T.), who raced the Ferrari in the United States, including two attempts at the 12 Hours of Sebring before being sold in 1970 renowned collector Pierre Bardinon, entering his Mas du Cos Collection in France, where it has rested for the last 48 years.
Ferrarinew information proving that chassis no. 0816 remains the one and only Ferrari to have won the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans twice will certainly have an effect on what this car will fetch at RM Sothebys, it is unlikley to hit 250GTo heights but even so deep pockets will be needed we are sure.