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  Ferrari 250 LM
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced from:1963 - 1966
Numbers built:32
Introduced at:1963 Paris Motor Show
Designed by:Pininfarina
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:December 18, 2015
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Click here to download printer friendly versionHomologation was a keyword in the LM's sporting history. With the GTO Ferrari had managed to avoid the 100 car production minimum, by claiming it was just a rebodied 250 GT SWB, which it definitely was not. In 1964 the FIA was quick to deny the homologation request for the LM, as they didn't think Ferrari would ever produce 100 LMs. Reluctant to give up, Ferrari continued development work on the LM. However, only 32 250 LMs were eventually constructed, proving the FIA's assumptions right.

With the GT homologation refusal, the 250 LM was only eligible to race in the prototype class, where it was pitched against more sophisticated rivals from its own stable. This didn't stop the 250 LM from winning and in 1964 ten victories were scored out of 35 entries. Five 250 LMs were entered in the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans by privateers. When both Ferrari and Ford's prototype effort failed by poor reliability, the NART entered 250 LM stepped in to record its finest victory. Two of the other four finished in the top six as well, in second and sixth.

Although the 250 LM was not as successful as its predecessors, it did manage to secure Ferrari's last overall Le Mans victory and to this day it has a special spot in many Ferrari fan's hearts. With only 32 built, the 250 LM is extremely rare and valuable, for this reason a number of replicas were built. To add to the confusion original serial numbers were used for the replicas. One thing is for sure, more 250 LMs exist today than originally left the factory.

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