First presented in Paris at the end of 1963, the Ferrari 250 LM is a berlinetta version of the 250 P prototype, intended to succeed the 250 GTO. But, unfortunately for Ferrari, the GT homologation was refused by the CSI and the 250 LM will be condemned to compete with prototypes, a serious handicap. Overall, 32 cars will be manufactured. Design by Pininfarina, aluminium body by Scaglietti. With the exception of the first one produced, the engine, centrally positioned, will be the 3,2 liter V12 275 type.
Although outclassed by prototypes, the 250 LM were robust and reliable and were raced by different teams for several years, with reasonable success. Its greatest achievement was undoubtly its absolute victory the 1965 Le Mans 24 Hours race, driven by Jochen Rindt and Masten Gregory.
The one represented here, s/n 5907, was delivered to Maranello Concessionnaires, the first Ferrari importer in the UK, founded by Colonel "Ronnie" Hoare, who used to enter Ferrari sports/GT cars in major race events, easily recognisable in the famous red and Cambridge light blue colour scheme created by the Colonel himself. Driven by Graham Hill and Jo Bonnier, it won the 1964 Reims 12 Hours race, a rather spectacular race starting on the saturday at midnight and thus ending on the sunday at noon. It was the first international 250 LM victory, after a very disputed race, the 250 LM of the N.A.R.T. (John Surtees / Lorenzo Bandini) finishing second. The 204 km/h average speed of the winners attests the frantic rhythm of the race. It was really a great day for the Colonel, as in addition his 250 GTO driven by Mike Parkes and Ludivico Scarfiotti, finishing third, won the GT category.
"Bravo mon Colonel !"