Monday, 11 November 2013

Ferrari 250 LM

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis



The Ferrari 250 LM was a formidable endurance racer - with those sumptuous, sublime lines (lovingly stroked into being by the gentle caress of Pininfarina) it won the 1965 24 Heures du Mans, and also found success in the Nürburgring and Paris 1,000km races among many others.
Thirty-two LMs were built in 1964 & '65, with this one being campaigned by Scuderia Filipinetti. It came sixth at Le Mans in '65 (the winning car being run by NART), enjoyed a light resto in the US in the early 2000s, and has led a reasonably casual existence since. It's easy to forget, as the car sits glistening on a damp London lawn, that it was built as a focused competition machine and relentlessly proved itself to be so, but don't let the relaxed retirement fool you. This 250 LM is still every inch the fighter, and would happily tear your arm off to prove it.

Spotted at the 2013 St. James's Concours - click here for more photos.










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