Ferrari 250 LM

Year Built: 1964

Livery Year: 1965

Livery Year Driver: Masten Gregory/ Jochen Rindt

Chassis: Ferrari 250 LM

Engine: Ferrari

While most of the attention at the 24-Hours of Le Mans in 1965 focused on the battle between the “factory” team entries of Ferrari and Ford, it was a privately entered one-year-old 3.3-liter V-12 Ferrari 250 LM that caused a major upset by winning when the favored entries encountered difficulties. Entered by Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team (NART), American Masten Gregory partnered with future world champion Jochen Rindt of Austria for the unexpected win. The pair completed 347 laps of the 8.365-mile circuit, averaging 120.944 mph for the 24 hours. This victory was the last time a Ferrari won overall at Le Mans. In the years after its 1965 victory, this 250 LM competed at the 24-Hours of Daytona in 1966 and 1968 and returned to the 24-Hours of Le Mans in 1968 and 1969, before its final race at the 24-Hours of Daytona in 1970, where it finished seventh. Shortly after its final race, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation acquired the Ferrari 250 LM.

ADOPTED BY:

Franchon M. Smithson