Today’s featured Ferrari 250 LM chassis #5995 was originally supplied in 1964 to Count Volpi di Misurata patron of Scuderia Serenissima.
Roberto Benelli is believed to have driven the car for the Count in 1964 although at the moment I have no idea exactly when or where. In 1965 Cesare Toppetti and Maurizio Grana started the Targa Florio with it but retired after an accident.
Cesare finished first in class on the 1965 Bologna-Raticosa Hillclimb before sharing the driving with Maurizio to finish 2nd in the 1965 Mugello Grand Prix. This chassis last known event was with Cesare again at the wheel on Trieste-Opicina hillclimb in July ’65 although no result is known for this outing.
At the 1965 Geneva and New York Motor Show’s Ferrari displayed 250LM chassis #6025 as a Stradale variant equipped as a road car carpets, full leather trim, electric door windows and a plexiglass rear window.
Two years later in 1967 today’s featured car was sent back to Maranello to be equipped as the original 250 LM Stradale as a road car with cast magnesium wheels and air conditioning added for further comfort in what must other wise be a an extremely hot interior.
During the 1960’s the #5995 ended up in Maryland where an owner paid $8,000.
In early 1981 the car was offered for sale by it’s British owner for £75,000 @ $120,000 but it did not change ownership until 1996 when it went to an owner in France who had the car painted in Silver with the French Tricolor as seen on in these photographs taken at Goodwood Festival of Speed.
By way of comparison in the last 12 months or so two Ferrari 250 LM’s have come up for auction, the unraced in period #6045 went for a hammer price of over $11 million in August and the 1968 Daytona 24 Hours class winning chassis #6107 fetched a model high $14.3 million in New York last November.
Thanks for joining me on this “Aircon & Electric Windows” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I’ll be looking at a one off Jaguar powered GT road car. Don’t forget to come back now !