V12 Ferrari 250 LM
Ferrari 250 LM
All Ferraris are special, but the 250 LM holds an exalted place in the pantheon of Prancing Horse legends.
Not only is it viscerally beautiful, with a spine-tingling V-12 engine producing 320bhp, but it remains the last Ferrari to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in 1965.
A purebred racing car, several of the 32 Scaglietti-designed cars manufactured nonetheless made it on to the road, and this exclusivity – combined with its thoroughbred track pedigree – has seen prices reach stratospheric levels. In August 2015, a 1964 LM was sold by Sotheby’s for an eye-watering $17.6m.
The LM – named after the race it went on to win – was meant to be a replacement for the 250 GTO, competing in the GT class, but Ferrari failed to make the 100 examples required and the car took its place instead in the sports-prototype class to spectacular effect in the hands of Jochen Rindt and Masten Gregory.
A mid-engined layout enabled Scaglietti to wrap the flowing, voluptuous body around the chassis, and eminent Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, who has written a book about the LM, describes the car as “one of the most spectacular mid-engined sports cars ever built”.
With its low menacing stance – the car stands just 44 inches tall – and bulging rear arches flowing down to a kammback tail, the car is stunning from every angle.
The chances are none of us will ever get to see one of these super-rare beauties on the road, so the next best thing is probably to enjoy the Ferrari 250 LM doing what it does best – racing on the track at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2014, with Gunnar Jeannette at the wheel.