©2014 Toni Avery
Beverly Hills residents woke to the wonderful sound of Italian engines roaring to their resting place honoring 60 years of Ferrari in North America. Rodeo Drive was flooded with Roso Corsa Ferrari’s and millions of dollars worth of rolling sculpture.
Spectators were greeted by a sea of historic, stunning, rare and treasured Pracing Horses. Anything from the ultra rare racing beauty 330 P4, considered by some to be the most beautiful racing Ferrari ever built, to past celebrity owned 275 GTB/4 purchased new by Steve McQueen. Whatever your preference, this historic show had it all. The below slide show features some celebrities who showed for the event.
Not only were there Ferrari’s parked on Rodeo Drive for the show, but there were Ferrari’s parked for blocks and blocks totaling 1,000 Ferrari’s in and around the show premises.
Below you’ll find slideshows of some stunning examples that caught my attention in addition to a special reveal of the F60 America built to honor 60 years in North America.
512 M Penske/Sunoko
Raced in North America, this car was purchased in 1970 by Roger Penske and was sponsored by Sunoko. Mark Donohue and David Hobbs raced the 512 M, which was usually fastest but never took a win due to accidents and misfortune.
The 330 P4 is considered to many the most beautiful Ferrari racecar ever built. It took second place honors at 24 Hours of Daytona (piloted by Mike Parkes and Lodovico Scarfiotti) in 1967 as part of the 1-2-3 finish among other significant achievements. Out of the three 330 P4s built this is the only original car remaining with the others converted to Spyders with larger engines.
The 312 PB was Ferrari’s answer to the new rules for 1972 World Manufacturers’ Championship limiting entries to 3 liters. The 312 PB was essentially a two-seat version of the 312 Formula One car. This resulted in a sweep of the 1972 Championship except LeMans, which the car didn’t enter. After two races in 1973 it was not raced again. As seen on the side of the car, it was piloted by Brian Redman and Arturo Merzario.
1958 Pontoon Fender 250 TR
This car was raced in LeMans and other international events in 1958. The car changed owners throughout its life finally being restored to its original 1958 LeMans appearance.
1957 625/250 TRC
This car possibly has the best racing record of any single car of the period with at least 25 wins driven by John von Neumann (West Coast Ferrari Distributor), his step-daughter Josie, Richie Ginther and Ken Miles.
Purchased new by Steve McQueen, this particular car was ordered to be driven while his NART Spyder was being repaired. Somewhere along the way, through owners changing hands, the car was sinfully converted to a NART Spyder but has been recently restored back to the way it was when Steve owned it.
375 MM Coupe
Originally ordered as a 375 MM Pinin Farina Spyder, the owner, an Italian movie director, had it rebodied by Scaglietti as a coupe after a minor accident. Purchased by the current owner in 1995, it underwent a comprehensive restoration recently taking “Best of Show” honors at Pebble Beach Concours. This 375 MM Coupe is the first post-WWII car in over 50 years and the first Ferrari to ever win that title.
250 Europa GT
The 250 Europa GT differs from the 250 Europa in these ways: The GT rode on a 2600 mm chassis while the Europa’s was 2800 mm, the GT used a smaller Colombo-designed block in its 3 liter engine making it more nimble.
365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder Speciale
Shown by Pininfarina at the 1969 Paris Auto Show, this Daytona features a brushed stainless steel roll bar with a zip-out plastic rear window, resembling a Targa top. This car is described as a special prototype and remains in original condition.
250 GT LWB Berlinetta “Tour de France”
This car is a Scaglietti built lightweight competition oriented berlinetta body built on a 250 GT LWB chassis. After multiple successes at Tour de France, the car was nicknamed as so. This is a later version with the single louver/air vent on the sail panel.
Built in celebration of 60 years in North America, the car features a V12 engine, finished in Blu Nart (but can be ordered in a different color), an all-red driving position/cockpit and is based on the F12berlinetta. Limited to just 10 examples, each and every one has already sold.