This Ferrari Le Mans Prototype Just Sold for $13 Million

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This Ferrari Le Mans Car Just Sold for $13 Million©2023 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

Ferrari has not raced for the overall win at Le Mans in 50 years, but the brand's legacy is built on its success at the French endurance classic over its first two decades of existence. That line of cars ended with the flat-12-powered, open-topped 312 PB, making it one of the most important cars in the history of the storied brand. With that significance behind it, one just sold for over $13 million.

While the 312 PB never won Le Mans, this particular car won two races on its way to the 1972 World Sportscar Championship. It was also piloted by factory drivers Ronnie Petersen and Tim Schenken to pole on three occasions. By the end of the season, various Ferrari 312 PBs won all but one race over that 11-event season; unfortunately for Ferrari, the lone loss came at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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©2023 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

After its racing history, this particular chassis went into the private hands of former North American Racing Team Ferrari driver Harley Cluxton. Through years of moving among various other private collections, the car has retained a numbers-matching engine and transmission that make it unusually original for a historic racing car.

The 312 PB is particularly topical car right now, with Ferrari reviving its long-dormant prototype racing program with its new 488 P. That car is entered in the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship and will enter this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans, all wearing a yellow-accented livery that pays tribute to these 312 PBs. With its history more relevant than ever, all that context adds up to a $13 million car.

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