Four 250 P are built in 1963, bodied in spyder by Fantuzzi. Their performances are brilliant, at Sebring, at Nürburgring and at Le Mans where they are bespoke for the new P 3.0 class and win the 1st and 3rd positions overall.
In 1964 at Le Mans, Ferrari is targeting the P 5.0 class and increases its volumes. Engine sizing for endurance racing is a compromise between power and maneuverability. Ferrari enters in parallel in this competition its new models 275 P with 3.3 liters engine and 330 P with 4 liters engine.
Three of the four 250 P prototypes made in the previous year are modified during the 1964 season. One of them converted to 275 P wins the last victory of the Scuderia Ferrari at Le Mans before that factory team lastingly withdraws from that race. This 250P/275P sold in the following year to a private owner still participates in some competitions before entering in 1970 in the Bardinon collection.
This car has not been damaged or again transformed and retains its matching 275 engine. Coming now from the Bardinon estate, it will be sold by Artcurial in Paris on February 9, lot 87. Here is the link to the press release.
There is no authentic raw 250 P in existence. The other two cars converted in 1964 are maintained in the 330 P configuration and the only unmodified car was severely damaged in 1966.
This model had however an important continuation when Ferrari transformed it into the 250 LM berlinetta, introduced at the Paris Motor Show in November 1963. This filiation confirms that Ferrari's request to homologate the 250 LM in the GT category by similarity with the 250 GT was not relevant.