It’s been a while since we’ve ran into a special automobile worthy of featuring. Today, we bring you one of the most legendary Ferraris and classic cars ever made, with only thirty-two examples ever produced and its price tag anywhere between $14-18 Million USD. The Ferrari 250 Le Mans, a.k.a Ferrari 250 LM, was presented at the end of 1963 to replace the Ferrari 250 GTO. Originally produced to compete in the GT class, the 250 Le Mans was forced to compete as a sports-prototype since Ferrari didn’t meet the 100-vehicle requirement that the FIA stipulated at the time. The Ferrari P series cars, were mid-engine prototype racing machines that at the same time, were street legal. The predecessor to the Ferrari 250 LM was the Ferrari 250 GTO, evolving into a mid-engine racing car sold to the general public and released under the name Ferrari 250 Le Mans. Launched at the Paris Auto Show at the end of 1963, the Le Mans became very successful among the elite of private car racers around the globe. A winner of the 1965 ’24 Hours of Le Mans’, the 250 LM stands as the last Ferrari to win at an Endurance Race. The thirty-two Ferraris 250 LM ever made, were strictly produced between 1964 and 1965. Equipped with a manual 5-speed V12 3.3 liter engine with 320 hp, the Ferrari 250 LM was made in an orangy red color named in Italian “Rosso Cina” —China Red in English— and fitted with blue trimmed fabric seats.
Fitted with an aluminum body, two fuel tanks —one on each side—, steering wheel on the right side, four wheel disc brakes and a fully independent double wishbone suspension, it is no surprise that this Ferrari was able to win at the ’24 Hours of Le Mans’.
The iconic driving lights are housed in special covers and they are one of the most iconic elements of this amazing multi-million dollar racing machine. The Ferrari 250 LM is without a doubt, one of our all time favorite classic Ferraris.
Its body, designed to wrap around the chassis was designed by Pininfarina but with the coach-work done by Carrozzeria Scaglietti. A two-seater fixed head coupé, the Ferrari 250 LM is less than 43.9″ tall —1.11 meters—, 161″ long —4.09 meters— and only 66.9″ wide —1.70 meters. The total curb weight of the Ferrari 250 LM is only 950 kilograms —2,094 lbs— with a dry weight of 850 kilograms.
Per factory specifications and archives information, the Ferrari 250 Le Mans is said to come with a top speed of 295 km/h —approximately 183 mph— and capable of getting from 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, not bad for its time. The Ferrari 250 LM is fitted with its classic wire rims like most cars from the era.
The last Ferrari 250 LM that sold at auction, was at Sotheby’s in New York at the end of 2013, fetching $14.3 Million USD. Sold to an undisclosed collector over the phone, this sale smashed the previous price record for this model and since then, no other Ferrari 250 LM has come up for sale. If one does, we will for sure let you know here. Perhaps next time we will still be wearing the Zenith El Primero Sport as a memento of the very first time we stumbled upon such an iconic and legendary car.
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