The Ferrari 275 P that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1964 will headline Artcurial Motorcars’ annual collector car auction during Paris Retromobile week in 2018, the French auction house announced. The sale is scheduled for February 9, 2018.
The car, chassis No. 0816, was the last Ferrari factory team entry to win at Le Mans. Wearing racing No. 20, the car was driven by Jean Guichet and Nino Vaccarella, covering 4,695.3 kilometers in 24 hours at an average speed of 196.638 km/h (122.161 mph) to post Ferrari’s eighth overall victory in the world’s most important round-the-clock motor race.
After that race, the car was sold and was raced for five years in the United States.
It was acquired by Pierre Bardinon, whose collection included 50 Ferrari factory cars, including four Le Mans winners, which he showcased on his private racing circuit — the industrialists called it his “speed garden” — at Mas du Clos, Artcurial noted in its news release.
“This Ferrari 275 P represents the ultimate and the truly exceptional,” Matthieu Lamoure, managing director of Artcurial Motorcars, said in a news release. “It has reached the summit in sports car racing worldwide. To look at this automotive masterpiece, is to see the best and most prestigious racing provenance. It radiates the DNA of success.”
The 275 P won the 1964 Le Mans race by five laps over a privately entered Ferrari 330 P driven by Graham Hill and Jo Bonnier. Another Ferrari factory car, a 330 P, took third with John Surtees and Lorenzo Bandini driving. Fourth in that race was a Shelby Cobra couple driven by Dan Gurney and Bob Bondurant.
Artcurial notes that the 275 P’s display at the Paris auction will be its first public appearance since it was acquired by Bardinon.
Bardinon, an industrialist who died in 2012, began his car collecting with Bugattis, and then forcused on Jaguars before turning his devotion to Ferrari.
Last year, Artcurial sold a 1957 Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti from the Bardinon collection for €32.1 million ($35.79 million), a euro record for any car sold at public auction.
Artcurial has yet to set a pre-sale estimate on the 275 P. In fact, the consignment is so new the auction house has not had time to take current photographs of the car.