www.QV500.com - Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer Part 4: 365 GT4 BB 'NART LM'

 

18139, 1977 Le Mans 24 Hours

As with the Daytona, three series of Boxer racing cars were developed by the Customer Assistance Department at Maranello. They were available to anyone wealthy enough to buy one and intended for use in national and international endurance racing. Additionally, there were also a couple of semi-official GT4's, these two cars predating any factory involvement with a BB competition programme. Built by Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team, NART were the racing division of Chinetti’s US Ferrari concessionaire.

   
The first racing Boxer was 18139 and preparation began over the winter of 1974. The plan was to participate in 1975's Daytona 24 Hours and shortly after that, the equally prestigious Sebring 12 Hours where it actually finished a creditable sixth overall. Going onto race successfully until 1979, this was in contrast to the other 365 built by NART which had a short and disappointing career. Chassis 18095 was withdrawn from the one big event it was set to contest, all Chinetti's entries for the 1975 Le Mans having been pulled after an eligibility dispute regarding the teams 308 GT4. More info to follow soon...
 
18139 1974 365 GT4 BB
Prepared by NART in 1974
1975 Daytona 24 Hours (#1) DNF
1975 Sebring 12 Hours (#111) 6th overall, 6th in GTO
1977 Le Mans 24 Hours (#75) 16th overall, 5th in IMSA
1978 Daytona 24 Hours (#5) 22nd overall, 11th in GTX
1978 Le Mans 24 Hours (#86) 16th overall and 3rd in IMSA,
1978 Watkins Glen 6 Hours (#25) 11th overall (not class eligible)
18095

1974 365 GT4 BB
Prepared by NART 1974/75
1975 Le Mans 24 Hours (Guitteny / Haran) Withdrawn
All the NART entries were withdrawn after practice
Converted back to road spec
Later damaged in a garage fire during the early 1980's and the remains sold off