Ford GT next to the Ferrari 330 P4 at Le Mans in 1960 | Source: DriveTube

Inside Iconic Cars: The Cult Classic Ferrari 330 P4

Ford vs. Ferrari. For car fans, the epic rivalry of the mid-1960s is the stuff of legends. While there are countless incredible cars that bare the Ferrari badge, it’s often the prancing horse of this motorsport duel that stands out. The Ferrari 330 P4 may be regarded as the greatest racing Ferrari of all time.

Rising to match the dominance of Ford during the mid-1960s, only four Ferrari P4-engined cars were ever made in 1967. The mid-V12-engined endurance car intended to replace the previous year’s 330 P3 with three new 330 P4s built and one ex P3 chassis converted into a P4.

Of the four cars, with chassis numbers 0846, 0856, 0858 and 0860, only 0856 remains in its original configuration – making it one of the most valuable cars in the world.

The Ferrari 330 P4 is defined by its curvaceously low lines and a sleek, yet menacing demeanour. The stunning Ferrari P series was designed by stylist Piere Drogo with the factory slightly adapting the style every year. With 450 horsepower and 385 ft-lb of torque V12 under the hood, the Ferrari was both beautiful and powerful.

The car is a cult classic. So what happened to these rare automobiles?

Chassis 0846

Most notable for winning the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona via a photo finish, the Ferrari 330 P4 0846 was not made as a P4. Built-in 1966, the chassis 0846 was originally a P3 Spyder that was converted into P4 in 1967. While the car was used as the basis for the new P4 model, it was eventually scrapped by the factory due to damage sustained at Le Mans in 1967. James Glickenhaus reportedly bought the remains of the 0846 from Ferrari after the crash, yet the current whereabouts are unknown.

Chassis 0856

The chassis 0856 is the only remaining Ferrari 330 P4 with the original P4 body and mechanics. One of the most sought-after cars by collectors in the world, the car was owned by Canadian billionaire and part-owner of the Aston Martin F1 Team, Lawrence Stroll, but reportedly sold to a new owner in 2020.

Alongside the 412 P and the 330 P4 0846, the Ferrari 330 P4 0856 is famous as one of the three Ferraris that achieved a photo finish at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona, finishing third. The high-achieving racing machine is also revered for winning the 1967 1000 km race at Monza with notable drivers Lorenzo Bandini and Chris Amon.

Chassis 0858 

The second of the P4s built ahead of the important 1967 racing season, the 330 P4 with chassis number 0858 underwent a few transitions. The car was raced four times over the course of the year starting the season as a Berlinetta coupe model. For the BOAC 500 at Brands Hatch, the 0858 roof was removed converting the car to a Spyder.

During 1967 the car finished second at both the 1000 km Monza and the Le Mans, before racing in the US after being modified to 350 Can-Am specifications. Returning back to its P4 Berlinetta body, the collectable car is believed to be in private German ownership.

Chassis 0860

The 0860 shares a lot in common with the 0858. The Ferrari 330 P4 0860 was also originally built as a Berlinetta but converted to a Spyder for Brands Hatch in the 1967 season. Finishing second place, the 0860 didn’t finish the Le Mans. Alongside the chassis 0858, the 0860 was subsequently converted into a 350 Can-Am Spyder for racing in the US. Nowadays the 0860 is back in its P4 Spyder body and believed to be under the current ownership of a private French collector.

You can read more on classic Ferraris in our 2021 motoring special for summer or if you want to delve deeper into motorsport history, have a look at the most memorable classic cars to sell under the hammer.

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