The last “works” Ferrari to win the 24 Hour Le Mans race will set hearts fluttering when it goes up for sale at a pre-Valentine’s auction in Paris in 2018.
In fact, you’d be a fool not to fall in love with the 1964 Ferrari 275 P. It looks set to become the most expensive car ever sold when it goes under the hammer at the Artcurial Motorcars sale on February 9.
Since that victory in the year of its manufacture 53 years ago no other works Ferrari has won the day-long endurance race, possibly making this model the most collectible model from the marque of all time.
Ferrari 275 P should sell for more than £29 million
The previous auction record was around £29 million for another Ferrari, a 1962 250 GTO, at the Quail Lodge Bonhams auction in California in 2014.
Insiders expect that record figure to be beaten in February when bidding opens on the Le Mans-winning 275.
It is the eighth, and last, Ferrari entered by the factory team to win Le Mans between 1949 and 1964.
Ferrari clocked almost 3,000 miles in 24 hours at 122 mph
The 275 P, with chassis number 0816, chalked up 349 laps on the 8.5-mile circuit – completing 2,918 miles with an average speed of 122 mph.
It wasn’t the last Ferrari to win at Le Mans, though – that record goes to the 250LM entered by the North American Racing Team in 1965.
After its Le Mans win the 275 P was exported to the US where it competed for five years.
Super fast Le Mans winner bought by prolific Ferrari collector
After its competitive retirement, it became part of French car collector Pierre Bardinon’s fleet of 50 Ferraris.
Millionair Bardinon made it his life passion to collect celebrated competition cars and put them through their devilishly quick paces at his very own two-mile race track.
Following his death in 2012, Bardinon’s collection has gradually been sold off, with the 275 P being the latest to be released from the fleet.
Ferrari 275 P – ‘ultimate and truly exceptional’
MD at Artcurial Motorcars, Matthieu Lamoure, said: “This Ferrari 275P represents the ultimate and the truly exceptional. It has reached the summit in sports car racing worldwide.
“To look at this automotive masterpiece, is to see the best and most prestigious racing provenance. It radiates the DNA of success.”
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