Ferrari 250LM Bianchi Salmon – Paddock 24 Hours of Le Mans 1965 Photograph…

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A superb and rare (color!) photo, made from what we believe is the original negative, of the Ferrari 250 LM / 365 P2 race car of Lucien Bianchi (Italy) and Michael Salmon (GB), seen in the paddock during the 1965 24 Hours race of Le Mans which was ridden on the 19TH and 20TH of June, 1965 . The Ferrari 250 LM featured a magnificently made 3,285cc V 12 cylinder engine. The car had startnumber 35 and was entered in the race by Maranello Concessionaires Ltd. the British Ferrari importer. Unfortunately, after 8 hours (99 laps in total), they retired due to gearbox trouble.

Masten Gregory (USA), Jochen Rindt (Austria) and Ed Hugus (USA), enscribed for the race by NART . North American Racing Team managed to win the race with a similar 275 LM. They managed to complete a total of no less then 348 laps in 24 hours. We also have photographs of them if you are interested.

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The 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 33rd Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on June 19 and 20, 1965. It was also the twelfth round of the World Sportscar Championship.

It was an exiting race, as for the 1965 season, the development and racing of the Ford GT40 was entrusted to Carroll Shelby. On Shelby ‘s initiative, the GT40s were fitted with the same engine as the Cobras — an iron cast 4.7 L V8, and the Colotti gearbox that proved unreliable was replaced by a German-made ZF.

In parallel, Ford developed a new version of the GT40. The Mark II was developed by Ford subsidiary Kar Kraft in Dearborn under the direction of Roy Lunn. The Mk IIs were powered by a 7.0 L engine based on a Ford Galaxie block. As there was no gearbox available on the market which was able to sustain the torque, the car featured a new 4-ratio Kar Kraft gearbox. Two Mark IIs were entered by Shelby.

The cars were finished in a hurry; as there was no time to run a fuel consumption test, Shelby did not know the real fuel consumption of the 7.0 L Mk II.

Scuderia Ferrari entered two P2s, a new version of the prototype, featuring a new DOHC V12 engine. Strangely, Ferrari dispersed some of his effort by entering a 1.6 L Dino 166 . Two 365 P2s were also entered, one by NART, the other by Maranello Concessionaires. The 365 P2 was built around a previous year’s P chassis with updated aerodynamics and featured a 4.4 L SOHC V12.

Several 275LM prototypes were entered by Ferrari customers. Ferrari developed the mid-engined LM for homologation in the GT category but was refused by the CSI. These cars are often mistakenly designed as 250LMs, as the first car built was fitted with a 3.0 L engine.

The cars delivered to customers were 275LM powered by a 3.3 L. The performance of the 275LM was far from real prototypes but as the engine was a close derivative of production Ferrari engines, the car had proved very reliable.

The Mark IIs took the lead at the start, but lost a part of their advance in frequent refuelling. It would later appear that the Mark IIs refuelled more often than required due to the uncertainty of their fuel consumption. The weather was hot, and overheating began to hit the GT40s. Bob Bondurant and Umberto Maglioli’s No.

7 had head gasket failure before 20:00 and on the same lap, Herbert Müller and Ronnie Bucknum’s No. 6 overheated terminally.

After the failure of the Fords, four Ferraris were leading. By then, the top Ford-powered car was the Dan Gurney/Jerry Grant Cobra Daytona coupe. Around midnight. Gurney and Grant had risen to third overall.

That was when the Cobra’s motor mounts began to crack and Gurney had to park the blue coupe after 204 laps. This left the Ferraris on top. But the P2 began to suffer of excessive disk brake wear, probably due to heat. All the leading prototypes had pit stops to change disk brakes, an operation that required between 20 and 30 minutes.

As the 275LMs put less stress on the brakes, two of them were leading at 04:00 ; Pierre Dumay’s Belgian yellow car led the NART 275LM of Jochen Rindt and Masten Gregory. The NART Ferrari had lost time struggling with ignition problem. But now the engine was sounding clear and the car gained several second on each lap. Soon after 13:00. the Belgian Ferrari had approximately one minute over the American one, but Rindt was driving 12 seconds per lap faster.

As the leader needed only one refueling stop to finish the race while the NART car would have to stop twice, a close finish was expected. Then, a tire began to deflate on the leading car, and soon disintegrated, destroying a large part of the thin aluminum rear bodywork. It took the Belgian team crew five laps to have the car ready to rejoin the race. This was more than enough to give the victory to Rindt and Gregory.

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Despite the general failure of Ferrari works cars this was the ninth victory for Ferrari and the sixth in a row. Probably nobody envisioned that it would be the last overall victory for Ferrari.

Ferrari initially was founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929 as Scuderia Ferrari . the company sponsored drivers and manufactured race cars before moving into production of street legal vehicles in 1947 as Ferrari S.p.A. . Ferrari’s cars are among the most desirable of vehicles to drive. Throughout its history, the company has been noted for its continued participation and incredibly passion in racing, especially in Formula One, where it has largely enjoyed great success, especially during the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, late 1990s, and 2000s.

Finally, after years of financial struggles, Enzo Ferrari sold the company’s sports car division to the Fiat group in 1969 in order to help ensure continued financial backing for the foreseeable future. Enzo Ferrari himself retained control of the racing division until his death in 1988 at the age of 90.

This is a very nice and very rare photo that reflects a wonderful era of Ferrari ‘s automotive history in a wonderful way. This is your rare chance to own this photo, therefore it is printed in a nice large format of ca. 8 x 10 (ca.

20 x 25 cm ). It makes it perfectly suitable for framing.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a digital print (!), but a traditional photograph, which is processed through the traditional photographic process by a professional photo studio. Every negative is fully processed by hand, obtaining the best result possible. As most negatives are very old, several traditional photographic prints of each negative are made. Each has different settings (like varying brightness and contrast).

Out of these, the best of the photographic prints is then selected, and shipped to the winner of this auction. This way the best result possible is obtained, and each photograph is absolutely unique and collectable! It is not realistic however to expect a modern quality digital enhanced digital print, as the negative dates from 1965 and was made with a camera and film from that era as well.

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