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250 GTE at Le Mans, 1960

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  1. epdowd

    epdowd Formula Junior
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    Does anyone have photos of the 250 GTE prototype driving at Le Mans in 1960? I have read about it quite often, but never seen photos.
     
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  3. Bill P

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    I do not have photos of the car being driven on the course, but I do have one of the car in the pits. The car is s/n 1895. I do not know how to post a photo. Can anyone help me. I can get the photo into .jpg form.

    Bill Preston
     
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    If you can email the picture to me in jpeg format, I can post it here for you. I'll send you a PM with my email address.
     
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    #4 Miltonian, Jan 9, 2008
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    Here is Bill's picture, reduced to the 640 size for FChat.

    Bill, you might want to mention if this is your own picture, for copyright purposes.
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  6. epdowd

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    Hi Bill! I guess I should have thought to contact you first... I look forward to seeing your photos. Anybody else out there have shots on the track?
     
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    The photo appeared while I was typing the last message and talking to my daughter about her college applications. Any idea who is leaning against the car? He looks important.
     
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    Or at least he has a nice suit...
     
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    It's a frame from the Standard Triumph 1960 LeMans Film. Here's another.
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  13. bjwhite

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    Shame the GTE was used so many times for reproductions of other 250 models because I think the GTE is sexy as hell. Always have.
     
  14. donv

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    Why was the GTE there? I assume it wasn't competing, so personal transport, or course marshal car, or just a spectator, or what?

    Haven't lots of GTEs visited Le Mans over the years as spectator's cars?
     
  15. Bryanp

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    I think it was the course marshal's car. I know a 365GT2+2 was the course marshal's car at LM in the late 60s. There is a picture of it on the course, ferrying a driver back to the pits in Prunet's "The Road Cars"
     
  16. Bill P

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    250 GTE s/n 1895 was at Le Mans in 1960 to be used at the Course Marshall's car and to be introduced to the public as a new model from Ferrari. It was painted burgundy and had a "natural" interior. The car currently lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is the first prototype GTE, completed 15 June 1960. Before it as an "ante-prototipo" was s/n 1287 completed 02 May 1959 and tested for nearly a year before Ferrari decided to go ahead with production of the series-built GTE.

    Bill Preston
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