Ferrari’s 275 P Works Racer, Is it the Most Historic?
The Big Q: What is the most successful vintage Ferrari race car ever?
The Big A: It is not the most sought after and revered 250 GTO, or the 330 P4, but according to RM Sotheby’s (NYSE:BID), Ferrari’s best classic racer is a 275 P Works car, and it is currently for sale through RM’s private sales department.
The 1963 275 P s/n 0816, won Le Mans outright in Y’s 1963 and 1964, making it one of very few cars and the one and only Ferrari to have won the Top motor race 2X.
This racer was not supposed to race the 1st time around. Ferrari was going to send s/n 0814, but a month before Le Mans it was involved in a crash during practice at the Nürburgring, and unable to repair the car in time, s/n 0816 was sent in its place.
After its exploits at Le Mans, 0816 was sent to the US, where it was driven by Ferrari factory driver John Surtees in the Canadian and LA Times Grands Prix. Then it was sent back to Italy and prepared for the 2 works outings it would have in Y 1964: the 12 Hours of Sebring and its 2nd Le Mans 24 Hours, it was driven to victory in both races.
It was then sold to Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team (NART) in 1964. Then in Y 1970 it was sold to the Mas du Clos Collection in France, where it has been since.
The car is no up for sale by RM Sotheby’s Private Sales department, s/n 0816 has never been restored and still possesses its original engine, gearbox and body.
RM calls it “the most significant sports racing Ferrari in existence.” Expect the price to be in the millions of dollars.
Have a terrific weekend.
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