Mon. Jun 14th, 2021

The 250 LM Is The Quintessential Ferrari

Why do people obsess over Ferrari? To outsiders, Ferrari fandom may seem like a nonsensical cult, but when you learn about cars like the 250 LM, it starts to make sense.


This 1960s sports prototype is the quintessential Ferrari—fast, beautiful, and successful, with an overall win at Le Mans in 1965 to its credit. Just watch this film from Petrolicious featuring a 1964 250 LM and tell me you still don’t get the whole Ferrari thing afterwards.

The 250 LM was one of Ferrari’s first mid-engine sports cars, an early member of its “P” family of prototypes that raced in the 1960s and 1970s. Think of the 250 LM essentially as the mid-engine version of the collector-favorite 250 GTO. It uses aluminum bodywork laid over a steel tube chassis, and features a 3.3-liter, 320-hp V12. In its day, it was good for around 180 mph flat out.

This car’s owner, Ontario Ferrari dealer Remo Ferri, showers it with fawning praise, but it’s not hard to understand why. Just look and listen to it.