My Car Quest

September 23, 2014

The Last Ferrari To Win The 24 Hours of Le Mans – The 1965 Ferrari 250 LM At Amelia Island

by Mike –

While most of the attention at the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans was focused on the factory team entries of Ferrari and Ford, it was a privately entered one-year-old 3.3-liter V12 Ferrari 250 LM which caused a major upset by winning, when the favored entries ran into trouble.

1965 Ferrari 250 LM

1965 Ferrari 250 LM

Entered by the North American Racing Team (NART) of Luigi Chinetti, American Masten Gregory partnered with future world champion, Austrian Jochen Rindt for the unexpected win. The pair completed 347 laps of the 8.365 mile circuit, averaging 120.944 MPH for 24 hours.

1965 Ferrari 250 LM

This was the last time that a Ferrari would win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Ford GT40 dominated the next few years.

1965 Ferrari 250 LM

This Ferrari looks like it’s going to win doesn’t it? This is the view that the other cars saw that day in 1965.

I know most Ferrari race cars are red but I thought that NART used a blue and white livery.

How would you rate the Ferrari 250 LM against the Ford GT40? – Let us know in the Comments.


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1965 Ferrari 250 LM NART Logo

Comments

  1. And it ran Borrani’s! The end of two era’s !

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