RM Sotheby's will auction a Ferrari 250 GTO later this month at its Monterey auction, but honestly, you don't want it. Not when , too. It's the Ferrari 275 P that won overall Le Mans in 1963 and 1964. Do you know how many times any 250 GTO won Le Mans? Zero.
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Look, a 250 GTO is a lovely car, but I've always struggled to understand why collectors favor it over Ferrari's amazing mid-engine prototypes of the same era. Being the only Ferrari chassis to win Le Mans twice, RM Sotheby's—which is selling this car as part of its private sales program—says this 275 P is "the most significant sports racing Ferrari extant." It's hard to argue, when you consider this car won Sebring in 1964, too.
Amazingly, per the auction house, it was only recently discovered that this car, chassis #0816, was a double Le Mans winner. Ferrari had originally intended to send 275 P #0814 to Le Mans in 1963, but it was badly damaged at the Nürburgring the month prior. Apparently, Ferrari just sent this car to Le Mans using the entry it had secured for #0814, rather than fill out paperwork for a new entry. So, the true history of 275 P #0816 remained hidden for years.
Only a handful of chassis have won Le Mans twice. According to , there are just four others; a Bentley Speed Six (1929 and 1930); a Ford GT40 Mk I (1968 and 1969); a Porsche 956 (1984 and 1985); and the Porsche-powered TWR-WSC 95 (1996 and 1997).
This car is one of Ferrari's earliest mid-engine sports cars, and it sports a 3.3-liter V12 making around 320 hp. Chassis #0816 was driven by many great racers, too, including Lodovico Scarfiotti, Lorenzo Bandini, Jean Guichet, Nino Vaccarella, and John Surtees.
Its sale is remarkable, too. This car has belonged to the family of collector Pierre Bardinon for nearly 50 years, and it's rarely been seen in public. It's never been restored either, and its engine, gearbox, and body are matching numbers.
Pricing hasn't been announced publicly, but we've reached out to RM Sotheby's for more info. It'll easily be well within the eight-figure range, though. But, if this car sells for anything less than the $45 to $60 million RM Sotheby's expects to get for , it's a bargain.