Chassis No. ZFFPA41B000101046
Estimation 150 000 – 200 000 €
All details about the auction HERE at artcurial.com
– Rare F355 Challenge with French registration
– Significant and documented recent expenses
– Exceptional track record
– The ultimate Ferrari racing car with mechanical gearbox
– Winner in 1995 and 1996 of the Challenge Ferrari Europe
– Ex-Lucien Guitteny
The model on offer is a Ferrari F355 Challenge, first registered on 2 March 1995. It was one of 109 units made of the type F129 AB. It is therefore one of the few exemples with French registration. This car has an absolutely outstanding track record, it was the Challenge Ferrari Europe West Champion in 1995 and 1996 with the talented driver Lucien Guitteny (race record available below). In the pages of Arnaud Meunier’s book “Ch.Pozzi, importateur Ferrari”, the charming French driver recalled his years in a Ferrari 355 in these terms: “We were always at the limit, at the breaker, the engines heated up a lot, but I never broke anything.”
The car was then modified to compete in the French Championship FFSA GT from 1997 to 1999, and then took part in a few competitions in the 2000s. Its previous owner bought it in 2010 for hill climbs during the seasons 2010 and 2011. It was notably raced by Jean-Pierre Jarrier during a round in Saint Gouëno. The car comes with a FFSA passport dated 18 June, 2010. This Challenge is in a “competition” configuration with its roll hoop, two Sparco bucket seats and a carbon spoiler. The engine was changed in 2011 for a similar one, which was prepared and serviced. The shock absorbers were overhauled at DA Competition.
Our collector, a passionate, like his father, about unusual Ferraris, didn’t hesitate for a second when the car was presented at Retromobile in 2017. It is worth noting that this is a 355 Challenge with one of the best track records in the world. Struck by its exceptional history, he wanted to restore the car to its former glory, and proceeded with a bodywork restoration including a check of the front part. This was done intelligently by the well-known garage Milano Racing (invoice of almost 26,000 Euros) who had the good idea of not doing a too flashy restoration and of keeping the stigmata of the competition past of the car.
Eligible in the Peter Auto Endurance Racing Legends, here is a unique opportunity to drive on the road and on the track a high performance competition Ferrari with a great track record.
Lucien Guitteny has confirmed the following results with the car:
1995 : Paul Ricard: 1st / 3rd
Spa : 1st / 1st
Zandvoort: 1st / 2nd
Donington : 3rd / 2nd
Nogaro: 1st / 2nd
Mugello : 1st / 1st
1996 : Paul Ricard: 1st / 1st
Brands Hatch : 3rd / 3rd
Spa : 1st / 1st
Zandvoort : 2nd / 1st
Donington : 2nd / 2nd
Nogaro : 1st / 1st
Mugello : 2nd / 2nd
More informations and all details about the auction HERE at RM Sothebys Auction
Engine No. F110A 00682 (see text)
Original Engine No. F102B 0000.23 “Marion”
The final and most highly developed iteration of Ferrari’s BB/LM racing platform
The 10th of 16 “Series 3” BB/LM examples produced by Ferrari
Delivered new to Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team
Raced by NART at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1981 and 1982
A competitive entry in many seasons of Shell Historic racing by the consignor and previous owners; one of the fastest eligible models
Benefits from a complete and meticulous restoration finished in late 2017; $330,000 USD of accompanying invoices on file
Apart from Enzo Ferrari himself, no single person was so critical to Ferrari’s global cachet as Luigi Chinetti. In 1949, he received Enzo’s blessing to operate as Ferrari’s sole distributor within the United States. That same year, Chinetti earned the marque’s first outright win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, thereby cementing the reliability and sporting capabilities of Ferrari’s earliest post-war catalog.
In 1958, Chinetti founded the North American Racing Team (NART), which competed exclusively in the world’s marquee endurance events. Throughout his career, Chinetti was a tremendous proselytizer for multiple iterations of factory-supported customer racing programs. The 512 BB/LM offered here is a testament to the last of these programs tied directly to Chinetti prior to NART’s dissolution in late 1982.
The genesis of Ferrari’s small series of 512 BB/LM race cars is, rather naturally, due to Luigi Chinetti. Between 1975 and 1977, NART ran a heavily modified 365 GT4/BB in competition. Meanwhile, Chinetti was lobbying Ferrari to step in with a run of works-prepared cars based on the 512 BB platform. Maranello acquiesced in 1978, and provided four examples of the “Series 1” BB/LM to privateers; one for NART/Chinetti, one for Ecurie Francorchamps/Swaters, and two for the eponymous Ecurie Charles Pozzi. The 512 BB/LMs immediately proved to be remarkably quick due to their severely reduced weight, exaggerated aerodynamics, and increased power.
By 1981, the factory-prepared 512 BB/LM had been thoroughly refined as an even sleeker and quicker model, the “Series 3.” The thin bodywork features extremely wide arches, revised intake ducts on the skirts and front fascia, and an extended, aerodynamic nose with low, gentle lines that taper rearward into the car’s dramatically elongated tail section. The mechanicals of the 5.0-liter F102B flat-twelve engine were similarly upgraded with forged internals and high compression pistons. In this final form, the Series 3 BB/LM boasted a factory rating of 480 horsepower.
THE NART BB/LM: CHASSIS NO. 35527 ‘MARION’
Research by marque historians Marcel Massini and Keith Bluemel indicate that chassis 35527, offered here, is the tenth of 16 factory-built BB/LM Series 3 examples; it is also reportedly the last Ferrari ever sold to, or raced by, Chinetti’s team. Delivered new to NART in April 1981, 35527 debuted at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on 13 June wearing #49 and driven by the team of Alain Cudini, John Morton, and Philippe Gurdjian. It proved the fastest of all five 512 BB/LMs present, securing a qualifying lap time of 3:52.
Cudini started the race 29th overall and had improved to 4th by 8:00 PM. 35527 floated between 4th and 8th overall through the night thanks to a steady effort from Morton. After an early Sunday morning puncture which damaged the rear bodywork and cost the team valuable time, Gurdjian’s crash on the 247th lap dashed NART’s increasingly faint hope of class victory. Chinetti later learned that this entry had posted the fastest lap of any Ferrari during the race, with a best time of 3:56.
The next year, 35527 returned to Le Mans—this time wearing the NART #72 livery and assigned to the trio of Cudini, Morton, and John Paul Jr. With Cudini at the wheel, 35527 again proved the fastest qualifier among five BB/LMs entered, and also the fastest Ferrari during the race. Paul Jr. started the race from the 37th position and outlasted several other 512 BB/LM entrants going into Saturday night. Morton provided another trouble-free overnight shift which saw him peak at 3rd place overall. Gearbox problems began around 11:00 AM on Sunday morning, but a very conservative strategy allowed Cudini to stave off complete gearbox failure while securing a 9th overall finish, and 4th in class.
NART registered 35527 for Le Mans 1983, but the team ultimately went defunct in December 1982, following the death of Marion Chinetti. Cudini’s masterful poise behind the wheel of 35527 at Le Mans 1982 was NART’s last race entry. As such, this 512 BB/LM is a notable bookend to one of the most famous racing teams in motorsports history.
35527 was retained by NART until 1984, then passed through several collections in Europe and the United States prior to acquisition by Todd Morici of Clifton, New Jersey. In 1999, its original F102B engine (F102B 0000.23) was replaced by a period-correct F110A V-12 (number 00682) modified by Motion Products of Neenah, Wisconsin, for use in historic racing. The original engine, stamped “Marion,” was rebuilt in 2001 and bench tested, and it accompanies the sale.
Morici then entered 35527 in several Shell Historic events between 2000 and 2003, prior to acquisition by Jean Guikas via broker Michael Sheehan. By 2006, Guikas had sold 35527 to noted collector Charles Wegner of West Chicago, Illinois.
Wegner drove this BB/LM with blistering success in several seasons of the Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge Series across North America. In late 2010, Wegner sold 35527 back to Guikas; this proved to be a regretful sale and Wegner reacquired it in February 2016.
Upon receipt, Wegner commissioned a complete restoration from Dugan Motorsports in Oceanside, California. Nearly $330,000 USD of accompanying invoices document this restoration and illustrate a meticulous, total redress of 35527’s mechanical and cosmetic needs. As an illustrative example of this “at any cost” approach, consider that the chassis was entirely disassembled and tested for structural cracks via ultrasonic and X-ray imaging. In late 2017, 35527 emerged from Dugan’s care entirely refreshed and refinished in its 1982 NART Le Mans livery, complete with its Marion Chinetti tailgate applique.
In 2018, it was invited to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance as part of that year’s focus on NART Ferraris; an Amelia Award was provided to each of these storied race cars. 35527’s last historic race outing came during the Sonoma Speed Festival on 31 May 2019, where it competed in the Group 10 IMSA class.
Now presented with just under 10 operating hours since the completion of its restoration, this exceptionally sorted and well-documented 512 BB/LM would be an alluring acquisition for the most discerning of historic racers. With its Le Mans history and unique status as the last car ever delivered to and raced by Chinetti’s NART, 35527 offers a wonderfully symbolic pedigree which cannot be replicated.
All details about the car HERE at Jan B. Lühn
For the first time since the famous F40 LM / GTE, Ferrari features a 8-cylinder turbo in their GT race cars again.
Since winning its debut race in 2016, the turbo-engined 488 GT3 has rocketed to status as one of the most successful models in Ferrari history. With a current overall and class tally (through January’s 2021 Gulf 12 Hours) of 355 victories, 640 podiums and 91 championships across 636 races. Impressive!
Specific history of this car:
Chassis 4236 was sold new in 2016 to the Ferrari racing Team Clearwater for their Asian racing program (Clearwater was also running a 458 GTE and later a 488 GTE in WEC) as Blancpain GT Asia and ALMS.
2016 racing activities:
• 15 May, GT Asia in Yeongam – Mok / Wee, R1: 8th, R2: 10th
• 3 July, GT Asia in Okayama – Mok / Bruni, R1: 8th, R2: 5th
• 17 July, GT Asia in Fuji – Mok / Wee, R1: 11th, R“: DNS
• 30 Oct, ALMS in Zhuhai – Mok / Sawa / Griffin, 2nd
• 4 Dec, ALMS in Fuji – Mok / Sawa / Griffin, 7th
In 2017 the car was purchased by the Ferrari Works Team AF Corse in Piacenza to run the car in different championships:
• 8 Jan, ALMS in Buriram – Mok / Sawa / Griffin, 6th
• 22 Jan, ALMS in Sepang – Mok / Sawa / Griffin, 4th
• 30 April, GT Open in Estoril – Perazzini / Cioci, R1: 4th, R2: 3rd
• 7 May, BSS in Brands Hatch – Casé / Quaife, R1: 3rd, R2: 3rd
• 4 June, Italian GT in Misano – Malucelli / Cheever, R1: 5th, R2: 2nd
• 18 June, Italian GT in Monza – Malucelli / Cheever, R1: 1st, R2: 6th
• 2 July, GT Open in Budapest – Perazzini / Cioci, R1: 8th, R2: 4th
• 30 July, Blancpain 24h of Spa Francorchamps – Calado / Cioci / Fisichella, Pole position / DNF
The last weekend of July was rather tragic for the Ferrari-Kaspersky team. James Calado put the car on pole position for the race with a lap time of 2:17,390 – beating the old lap record for GT3 cars by 0,730 seconds! During the race day, the Ferrari trio was in the lead for more than half of the race distance, when Marciello in a Mercedes GT3 crashed into the Ferrari and finished their promising race!
• 3 Sep, GT Open in Silverstone – Rizzo / Moiseev, R1: 3rd, R2: 1st
• 1 Oct, Blancpain Endurance in Barcelona – Calado / Cioci / Fisichella, 18th
After its racing career the car was restored by AF Corse back to its World famous Kaspersky livery as it raced in 2017 in the Blancpain Endurance Championship as a Ferrari factory supported car. Today #4236 is for sure one of the most important and famous Ferrari 488 GT3 available.
The chassis milage is today 19.500 kilometers, engine and gearbox are at 7.500 kms.
This is a rare opportunity to find one of the coolest Ferrari 488 GT3 for sale! The car is still eligible for various racing series as well as the highly prestigious Ferrari Club Competizioni GT events.