There will probably be a number of basic Ferraris going beneath the hammer at an RM Sotheby’s public sale coinciding with subsequent month’s 2023 Monterey Automotive Week gathering in California, however one specific automobile stands out from the pack.
The automobile is a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM bearing chassis No. 6053. It’s the twenty second of the 32 250 LMs Ferrari constructed within the early Nineteen Sixties, and was initially bought to British racing driver George Drummond who would primarily race it across the U.Okay. but additionally take it to the 1966 24 Hours of Daytona and 1968 24 Hours of Le Mans, in addition to races in South Africa.
The 250 LM was supposed to be the successor to the Ferrari 250 GTO, and was bought primarily to privateer racers. It was derived from the profitable 250 P prototype race automobile however constructed for the street, to be able to classify for GT competitors. Nonetheless, the 250 LM was basically a 250 P with a roof.
The 250 LM was initially fitted with a 3.0-liter V-12 however later automobiles would obtain a 3.3-liter unit. The change meant these later 250 LMs must compete within the prototype class at Le Mans, which it did efficiently. One other 250 LM campaigned by the North American Racing Crew gave Ferrari an total victory on the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Ferrari solely returning to the high of the rostrum at Le Mans in 2023 because of its new 499P LMH race automobile.
1964 Ferrari 250 LM bearing chassis No. 6053 – Photograph credit score: RM Sotheby’s
Being one of many later 250 LMs constructed, this automobile, completed in Rosso Cina, options the three.3-liter V-12 which delivers an estimated 320 hp. Drive is to the rear wheels through a 5-speed handbook.
In response to its itemizing, the automobile was given a full restoration by the Ferrari Classiche basic automobile division as lately as 2021.
Its estimate is between $18 million and $20 million.
Different uncommon automobiles headed to the RM Sotheby’s public sale embody the 2001 Ferrari 550 Maranello Prodrive that Darren Turner, Rickard Rydell, and Colin McRae drove to a category win on the 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans, in addition to a 1956 Porsche 550A that took a category win on the 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans.