Unlike the previous Ferrari 250 LM’s I have looked at today’s featured car #6045 was never raced at Le Mans, on hillclimbs, or even stared in a film, in period, though it did feature in a piece of Don Simpson’s cine film to document the extent of some fire damage.
#6045 was the 19th of the 32 250 LM’s built and supplied to William Harrah through Ferrari’s US Agent Chinetti for his personal use in August 1964.
2 years later William sold the car with just 800 miles on the clock and by the end of 1966 Dr. Harold Isaacs had bought it for $17500 from Thomas W. Barrett III.
In May 1969 #6045 won 2nd place in a special interest class at Pebble Beach and in September ’69, #6045 was involved in a road accident when leaving a Concours event at Griffith Park in Los Angeles.
Unfortunately fuel spilled from a damaged fuel tank erupted causing considerable damage which was documented on cine film by the cars fourth owner Don Simpson.
Don never got around to repairing the damaged car and Ron Kellog the next owner sold the motor and chassis to separate new owners.
By 1989 the chassis had followed a well documented path into the hands of Ulrich Guggisberg of Graber Automibole Limited in Switzerland who had a restoration completed.
Four owners later #6045 belonged to Luay Allawi who had DK Engineering in Chorleywood, just north of London, carry out further restoration which included painting it in dark red as seen in these photographs taken at Goodwood Revival with Jeremy Cottingham at the wheel.
DK Engineering acquired a replica 250LM which had the original #6045 motor installed and soon after these photo’s were taken the original motor was reunited with it’s original chassis, while the replica chassis was “destroyed and cut into little pieces by Ferrarti S.p.A. Documented by Ferrari S.p.A. with photographs.”
Ferrari students in need of a little extra home work might like to try and solve the riddle of Ed Hugus and his contribution to the last Ferrari Le Mans victory.
As can be seen on this linked thread your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to find a verifiable photograph taken during the night of the 19th / 20th June 1965 that confirms Ed drove the ’65 Le Mans winning NART 250 LM.
Thanks for joining me on this “LM Daily Driver” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again when quelle surprise I’ll be looking at another Le Mans winning Audi. Don’t forget to come back now !