One of the finest original examples of Ferrari’s first mid-engined car, the 1964 Ferrari 250 LM finished eighth overall and first in class at the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona. A time capsule that is being publicly seen and offered for the first time in decades, it is featured in the 21 November Art of the Automobile sale with RM Auctions.
Called an Italian masterpiece of sound and color, this 1964 Ferrari 250 LM with coachwork by Carrozzeria Scaglietti headlines the Art of the Automobile sale, a significant collection of the high-water marks of design from each era of motoring. One of the most coveted and collectible Ferraris of all time, this 250 LM combines rarity, beautiful design, and a legitimate racing pedigree. Chassis no. 6107, the 24th of only 32 250 LMs produced, will be displayed and offered publicly for the first time in decades during the exhibition 18 to 20 November and the 21 November sale in New York.
Low, sleek, and menacing, the 250 LM’s shape is defined by the mid-engine configuration, which allowed the artists at Scaglietti to wrap the bodywork around the chassis in a novel fashion, resulting in the beautiful yet purposeful lines of the 250 LM that are truly unmistakable. The voluptuous fenders over the rear wheel arches flow beautifully to the kammback tail. Add to that the state-of-the-art mechanical specifications of 320 horsepower, a V-12 engine, a five-speed gearbox, four-wheel suspension, and disc brakes, and the combination sees nothing but checkered flags whenever it takes to the track.
Chassis 6107 is no exception, and after being delivered new to future Monterey Historics founder Steven Earle in November 1964, it eventually embarked on an extensive racing career, including the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona, where it finished an amazing 8th overall and 1st in class. From 1968 through the 1970s, chassis 6107 was campaigned extensively and associated with some of racing’s biggest names, until being purchased in 1983 by a Japanese collector who, recognizing the car’s importance, put it on display in his personal garage for the next three decades.
Believed to have as few as 10,000 original miles on its fully matching-numbers driveline, this phenomenal 250 LM, now gently freshened and returned to driving state, represents the zenith of 1960s vintage Ferrari collecting, claiming rarity, importance of model, celebrated beauty of design, and a legitimate racing pedigree. In fact, chassis 6107 is notable as perhaps the most original example with such an important racing record.
To own a 250 LM is to own a significant piece of motoring history, as the last Ferrari to win the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans and one of the greatest sports cars of all time. As original owner of chassis 6107, Steve Earle, attests, “the 250 LM was an exceptional car, truly thrilling to own and drive. When it was fired up it really got your attention. It wasn’t just another touring car, it was all Ferrari.”
The significance of the offering of chassis 6107 cannot be understated. Few are the collectible motor cars that present the opportunity to own both a beautiful and landmark design as well as a purebred racing car, far fewer with such originality.