A 1 of 4 1963 Ferrari 330 Le Mans Berlinetta will be offered as a private sale by Rick Cole Auctions during August’s annual Monterey Car Week event.
The V12 330 LMB was built by the Maranello-based automaker in order to compete in the FIA’s 4.0-liter Prototype class at the 1963 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car was the result of the engineering and development work of British racing driver Michael Parkes, who had impressed Enzo Ferrari in his earlier motorsports ventures in Ferraris.
The 330 LMB to be auctioned, chassis No. 4381, made its first appearance at the 1963 12 Hours of Sebring. There Parkes spun the car and damaged the fuel tank, forcing its retirement. It then appeared at the 1963 24 Hours of Le Mans test days in the hands of Parkes, who managed to crack 300 km/h on the Mulsanne straight, putting the car in the history books as the first-ever vehicle to break 300 km/h at Le Sarthe.
Chassis 4381 was entered in the 1963 24 Hours of Le Mans with Pierre Noblet and Jean Guichet at the wheel. The car ran for eight hours before a loose oil filter caused it to lose oil, forcing an early retirement. Following the race, the car was sold to an Italian film company, who had it rebodied for use in film production. It was later reunited with its original body in 1978 before getting passed around among various noted Ferrari collectors.
In addition to being a veteran of Le Mans, 330 LMB 4381 also won its class at the 2008 Goodwood Revival and has been entered in numerous high profile vintage racing events such as the Ferrari Maserati Historic Challenge at Brands Hatch, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Le Mans Classic, and Tour de France Auto, among others. Famous racing drivers have also had seat time in the car, including Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen, Derek Bell and former Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal.
Rather than being auctioned, 330 LMB 4381 is offered as a private sale. There’s no telling what it may go for, and if the lucky buyer decides he’d rather not disclose how much coin he laid down for this piece of motoring lore, we may never find out. An eight-figure sum seems realistic, but we doubt it will fetch more than Fangio’s 1956 290MM that grabbed $28M USD at auction late last year.