A 1963 Ferrari 330 LMB will be offered for private treaty sale at the 2016 Rick Cole Auctions Monterey event, scheduled for August 18-22 at the Marriott Hotel in Monterey during the Pebble Beach Classic Car Week.
The 330 LM Berlinetta offered in Monterey, serial number 4381 SA, was shown at the March 1963 Ferrari conference to launch the Scuderia’s latest 4.0-liter prototype racing Berlinetta. It is one of four examples of the 330 LMB produced, which were designed to compete in the 4-liter experimental prototype class in FIA-sanctioned international racing for the 1963 season.
The first race outing for the 330 LMB was at Sebring, where it ran as number 19 with Mike Parkes and Lorenzo Bandini driving. There, a spin with Parkes at the wheel damaged the fuel tank and forced the car’s retirement. Next, on the April 1963 Le Mans test days, Parkes and 4381 SA reached 300 km/h (186.4 mph) for the first time on the Mulsanne Straight. 4381 SA went on to qualify second for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it was entered for Pierre Noblet and Jean Guichet, and retired. Sister cars there were 4725, entered by Maranello Concessionaires and driven by Sears/Salmon to a fifth-place finish, and 4453, entered by NART for Gurney/Hall, who also retired.
Following its front-line factory racing career, 4381 SA was purchased in November 1963 by Cronograph Srl. of Rome, a film production company, which had the car re-bodied as a Spider by Carrozzeria Fantuzzi in Modena. Painted gold/black, 4381 SA was used during the mid-1960s in the movie “Histoires Extraordinaires” by Italian producer Federico Fellini, released in 1968. While out of the public eye for the next decade, 4381 SA was eventually reunited with its original body by Fantuzzi in 1978 for its next owner, noted collector Fabrizio Violati of “Collezione Maranello Rosso” renown. Next, 4381 SA passed through David Morrison of the UK to Harry Leventis and, during his tenure, the 330 LMB graced the world’s top vintage racing events. These included the Ferrari Maserati Historic Challenge at Brands Hatch, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood Revival Meeting, Le Mans Classic, Dijon, Nurburgring, Spa Ferrari Days, Tour de France, Coys International Historic Festival at Silverstone and Tutte le Ferrari at Mugello and Vallelunga.
In addition to Mr. Leventis, many top-name racing drivers logged seat time in 4381 SA, including Derek Bell, Tony Dron, Peter Hardman, Tom Kristensen, Emanuele Pirro, Bobby Rahal and Bobby Verdon-Roe. With numerous podiums to its credit, 4381 SA was driven by Hardman and Verdon-Roe to an overall win at the RAC TT Celebration during the 2008 Goodwood Revival Meeting. In 2011, 4381 SA was acquired by German collector Friedhelm Loh and, most recently, acquired by the consignor.
Certified by Ferrari Classiche in 2010, 4381 SA still sports its original body, chassis, differential, engine and gearbox, while the interior retains the original upholstery.
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[Source: Rick Cole Auctions]