Another incredible victor in the museum is the 1965 250 LM on loan from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Powered by a 320hp, 3.3-liter V-12, the stunning 250 LM took the checkered flag at Le Mans. Stepping atop the podium were drivers Jochen Rindt and Masten Gregory of Ferrari’s North American Racing Team (NART).
One of Meyer’s personal favorites is also on hand— a 1963 250 Gran Turismo Omologato (GTO) currently owned by his good friend William “Chip” Connor. “That car resonates with me the most because I’ve had considerable time behind the wheel,” explained Meyer. “I have done rallies with Chip in it and have driven the car on the racetrack.”
The 250 GTO, designed by Ferrari’s Giotto Bizzarrini and Mauro Forghieri of Carrozzeria Scaglietti, had a three-year production run of only 39 examples and has become one of the models most coveted by collectors. This particular car first tasted victory with an overall win at Spa, followed by a first in class and second overall at Le Mans, making it one of the rarest and most valuable collector cars on the planet.
Not all of the selections are from the last century. The Ferrari 248 F1 driven by Michael Schumacher during his final Formula 1 season for Ferrari in 2006 is also on display. Schumacher steered the 248 F1 to victory in the Italian Grand Prix. Also on display are a revolving group of modern era Ferrari supercars including a 288 GTO and Ferrari LaFerrari on loan from Tony Shooshani and a stunning F40 finished in Rosso Corsa.
The exhibit opening kicked off with a reception at the Petersen. Part of the evening’s program paid honor to Ferrari’s famed racer Phil Hill, the first driver born in the United States to capture the Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship and to win at Le Mans. Taking the stage for the posthumous tribute was his son Derek Hill who shared a personal moment of riding as a passenger when his father took one of his Le Mans–winning racecars out on the track for the last time.
“When you look at the lineup of donors who are supporting this exhibit, the likes of Chip Connor, Rob Walton, Charles Nearburg, Anne Lee, Steven Reed, and Les Wexner—it’s epic,” said Meyer.
“This new exhibit is another example of how the Petersen views cars as art, and nothing is more appropriate than red Ferraris,” said Terry L. Karges, executive director of the Petersen. “We’re confident this exhibit will help us continue our success and really get people talking and learning about Ferrari.”