Ferrari 250 LM
During the course of automotive development it is common to create sub-scale models of the vehicle in order to explore variations of styling and aerodynamic performance. The model offered here envision what the wind tunnel versions of the Ferrari 250 LM may have been in the early 1960’s during their development.
1962 - 1964
1962 - 1964
In 1963 the 250 LM was shown for the first time at the Paris motor show and caused quite a stir. It was a derivation of the earlier 250 P model with the addition of a roof and other styling changes. The 250 LM was the last Ferrari to ever take overall victory at the Le Mans 24 hour race.
The 250 LM is extremely rare, with only 32 models built, and is highly prized by collectors today.
Inspired by the 250LM, this model recreates what a sub scale version could have been like during the development of the amazing shape that eventually became the final car.
Wood and metal items are constructed from a combination of ebony (selected for its stability regardless of humidity), and aluminum, in the very same fashion of period-correct wind tunnel models.
Aluminum components are polished and coated by a vapor deposition process to create a durable finish that resists fingerprints and staining. The vapor deposition process was chosen to preserve the look of bare aluminum while providing a durable and low-maintenance surface.
Both the wood and aluminum portions of the models are meticulously machined on high-precision 5-axis equipment. Particular attention is paid to the fit and finish of each part. Following the machining process, the wood components are carefully sanded by hand to accept multiple coats of clear catalyzed lacquer. This surface is subsequently wet sanded and wet polished.