Bell Sport & Classic proudly announced the ultimate example of their expertise in outstanding in-house restoration with the authentic remastering of one of the rarest period Ferrari racing cars ever made, the 330 LMB.
The vision was to create the perfect, remastered 330 LMB. To achieve an authentic 330 LMB, they aimed to blend originality with the latest restoration techniques and sympathetic enhancements.
This one-off car was constructed to be used and enjoyed on the road. Based on a Ferrari 330 GT 2+2, it delivers recognition to the original 330 LMB (only four units were made in the period for competition purposes). The example has a bespoke alloy body hand-crafted using templates from Chassis 47250 – the only right-hand-drive example ever produced.
All the components employed were either period-correct or created by the Bell Sport & Classic’s expert team. The 330 LMB Project is the embodiment of the company’s skills and expertise, raising the bar to new levels of finish for Bell Sport & Classic restorations.
Rarer than the Ferrari 250 GTO
The Ferrari 330 LMB (Le Mans Berlinetta) was developed by Mike Parkes, a British-born Ferrari racing driver and engineer, to challenge at the 1963 Le Mans 24 Hours. His brainchild was based on the Ferrari 250 GTO but was fitted with a more powerful 390bhp, 4.0-liter, Colombo V-12 engine. It was also displayed a wheelbase that was 20mm longer and redesigned aluminum body.
Only four 330 LMB were ever constructed, three being left-hand drive and only one right-hand drive, making the profoundly significant 330 LMB even rarer than the 250 GTO with Ferrari producing near 10 times as many.
Three of the 330 LMBs were used to compete at the 1963 24 Hours of Le Mans. Only the example that Colonel Ronnie Hoare’s British Maranello Concessionaires Ltd team entered completed the race with Mike Salmon and Jack Sears taking the fifth position.
During this period of time, Ferrari was about to transition to mid-engined configuration competition cars, making the 330 LMB to become the last Maranello front-engined race car.
The remastering project was a dream that took more than ten years in the making. Bell Sport & Classic Managing Director Tim Kearns shared:
“The story begins with Edward Carter, an Essex farmer who was a huge Ferrari enthusiastEd wanted to add a 250 GTO recreation to his collection but was steered away by one of the pre-eminent 330 LMB experts, Terry Hoyle. Having
By: Sports Car Digest
Title: The Rarest Ferrari Racing Car: The Remastered 330 LMB Project
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/remastering-the-rarest-ferrari-racing-car-the-330-lmb-project/
Published Date: Fri, 07 May 2021 00:28:54 +0000
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Title: Cool Whip: HB-Custom’s crisp Suzuki DR650 scrambler
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/suzuki-dr650-scrambler
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Title: Custom à la carte: A BMW R nineT streetfighter from France
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/bmw-r-ninet-streetfighter
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Title: Speed Read, May 21, 2023
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/motorcycle-news-may-21-2023
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