The wheels are rolling at Artcurial as it prepares for its 2023 Rétromobile auction. The Paris sale — slated for February 3 — is already grabbing attention with the addition of a collector car behemoth set to cross the block — a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM.
Artcurial will be offering the 250 LM as we approach the 60th anniversary of the model, which was the last Ferrari to win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1965. Masten Gregory and Jochen Rindt were behind the wheel of the car that took the checkered flag.
The 250 LM crossing the block in Paris — chassis 5901 — is the tenth example built out of the 32 produced. It was commissioned by NART — North American Racing Team — as a reserve car in the Daytona 24 Hours of 1966 but was not called up for duty.
It is said to be one of two 250 LM examples to have escaped competition use and as such, has never endured the abuse and damage of its siblings. This means that today, chassis 5901 still retains its original chassis, engine, gearbox and body.
Passing through the hands of many great American collectors, including Massimo Ferragamo, the 250 LM was shipped across the Atlantic in 1997, where it was added to a European collection. DK Engineering was then entrusted to carry out a restoration with great care given to the car’s originality. Chassis 5901 has remained in the care of the same French owner for the last 20 years.
“The Ferrari 250 LM represents the perfect balance between aesthetics and efficiency of performance. To take this masterpiece of Art to the firmament of international auctions is an honor for me and my team,” said Matthieu Lamoure, Managing Director of Artcurial Motorcars.