Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Fabulous Ferrari 250 P sports prototype racer ...

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Rozenburg
    Posts
    9,715

    Fabulous Ferrari 250 P sports prototype racer ...

    A few weeks ago we highlighted the Ferrari 330 TRI/LM, which was the last front-engined car to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This past weekend we had the good fortune to run into a Ferrari of the type that scored the very first mid-engined win at Le Mans a year later. The occasion was the Monterey Pre-Historics at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and the car in question this 250 P. It was one of the three works cars entered for the 1963 Le Mans and held a commanding lead until a fire brought about a premature end to the sports racer's race. Fortunately one of the other 250 Ps survived long enough to take the checkered flag. By that time it had already taken a second at Sebring behind a sister car and scored a victory in the grueling Nurburgring 1000 km.
    It was clear that Ferrari had made the rather big jump from the front-engined TR to the mid-engined P with incredible ease. The Italian manufacturer's secret was the continued use of the powerful and ultra-reliable 'short block' V12 engine. Most of the other mechanicals, like the chassis, had also already been used for the V6 and V8 engined prototypes. Combining the two could just as likely have led to far more problems.
    After Le Mans, our feature car was repaired at the factory, and was not to return to the track until the start of the 1964 season with a victory in the Sebring 12 Hours as the immediate result. The 250 P was raced for another season before it was retired into the stable of Ferrari's man in America, Luigi Chinetti. He later had the car fitted with a rather unusual body by Michelotti but that oversight has thankfully been rectified. In recent years the car was in Italy for a complete restoration and we know of no other event where the car appeared before this week.
    We took the rare opportunity to get enough shots for a 12-shot gallery to illustrate our detailed article. All of you eager to see the car in action will get a second chance this weekend as the 250 P has also been entered for the inaugural Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

    Enjoy the links:

    1963 Ferrari 250 P - Images, Specifications and Information
    If you should see a man walking down a crowded street talking aloud to himself, don't run in the opposite direction, but run towards him, because he's a poet. You have nothing to fear from the poet - but the truth.

    (Ted Joans)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Perth, Australia
    Posts
    6,534
    That 250P is wonderful, thanks for the shots and the article! Are there any pictures of the Michelotti body kicking about?
    Life's too short to drive bad cars.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Rozenburg
    Posts
    9,715
    Here you go: [ame="http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/forum/showthread.php?t=31964"]Ferrari 275 P2 Special Michelotti - Ultimatecarpage.com forums[/ame]
    If you should see a man walking down a crowded street talking aloud to himself, don't run in the opposite direction, but run towards him, because he's a poet. You have nothing to fear from the poet - but the truth.

    (Ted Joans)

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Perth, Australia
    Posts
    6,534
    Why thankee, kind sir.
    Life's too short to drive bad cars.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Really useful performance listings...
    By Egg Nog in forum Technical forums
    Replies: 58
    Last Post: 06-20-2013, 10:45 PM
  2. Replies: 33
    Last Post: 08-09-2011, 06:02 AM
  3. My new list of Ferrari Pictures
    By DarkPhenix in forum Miscellaneous
    Replies: 34
    Last Post: 03-29-2007, 05:21 PM
  4. Ferrari Challenge
    By DarkPhenix in forum Multimedia
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 05-19-2004, 03:07 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •