Wednesday, September 5, 2018

1963 Ferrari 275 P at RM Sotheby's Private Sales

For the 1963 running of the Le Mans 24 Hours, Ferrari showed up in force. The marque fielded an intimidating 11 cars on the starting grid that year. Chassis 0816 took the checkered flag some 16 laps ahead of the runner-up 250 GTO. 0816 had covered 2,834 miles at an average speed of 118.104 mph, setting a record for distance driven during the race. Ferrari swept the top six positions, asserting their dominance of Le Mans and cementing their legacy.
In late 1963, 0816 was upgraded to 275 P specification with a new Tipo 210 engine. In the 12 Hours of Sebring in March 1964, 0816 took the checkered flag, thus earning major championship victories in both North America and Europe.

Three new Ford GT40s would take to the Circuit de la Sarthe in Ford’s first outing at Le Mans. For 0816, chances of landing atop the podium appeared slim, as the GT40s were both more modern and more powerful. Incredibly, 0816 crossed the line ahead of everyone yet again, securing its second Le Mans victory.
At the end of its racing career, 0816 was sold to Pierre Bardinon in January 1970 and shipped to France, where it has remained for the last 48 years.
RM Sotheby's describes the car as "the most significant sports racer built by the industry’s most celebrated company."