Any major Italian car collection must include Ferraris and Lawrence Auriana’s is no exception, with many important models from Maranello. On display at Lime Rock were a 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta, 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competition, 1965 Ferrari 250 LM, 1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spider and 1971 Ferrari 512 M.
The 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta, s/n 0054 M, raced at the Circuito de Playa Grande and Buenos Aires at the hands of Carlos Menditeguy. Bill Spear then extensively raced the Ferrari, finishing 4th overall and 2nd in class at the 1952 Sebring 12 Hours. The alloy-bodied 1960 Ferrari 250 SWB Berlinetta Competition, serial number 1741 GT, was the New York Auto Show Car in 1960, while the 1965 Ferrari 250 LM, s/n 6233, raced in period by Ricardo Rodriguez, Ronnie Bucknum and others.
Auriana’s 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider was the first of Luigi Chinetti’s creations and one of only two alloy NART Spiders. Serial number 09437 famously appeared in the movie The Thomas Crown Affair starring Steve McQueen, in addition to finishing 17th overall and 2nd in class at the 1967 12 Hours of Sebring driven by Denise McCluggage and Marianne ‘Pinkie’ Rollo. This was the only period race in which a NART Spider competed. (Note: Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider s/n 10709 sold for $27,500,000 at the 2013 RM Auctions Monterey sale).
The 1971 Ferrari 512 M was part of Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team (NART). Serial number 1020 raced at Le Mans, Daytona, Sebring and Watkins Glen. It finished third overall at the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans driven by Sam Posey and Tony Adamowicz, beaten by the all-conquering Porsche 917s.
Lawrence Auriana Ferrari Collection – Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture)