Lot 196 - 1992 Ferrari 330 P4 Recreation by Noble
|Estimate||£35,000 - £40,000|
|Result||Sold - £31,920|
The Ferrari P series were prototype sports cars in the 1960s and early 1970s. Although Enzo Ferrari resisted the move even with Cooper dominating F1, Ferrari began producing mid-engined racing cars in 1960 with the Ferrari Dino-V6-engine Formula Two 156, which would become the Formula One winner of 1961. Sports car racers followed in 1963. 1967 was a banner year for the Enzo Ferrari motor company as it saw the production of the mid-engined 330 P4, a renowned V12 endurance car meant to replace the previous year's P3. Only four Ferrari P4-engined cars were ever made; one P3/4 and three 330 P4s. Their three-valve cylinder head was modelled after those of Italian Grand Prix-winning Formula One cars.
The famous German designer Luigi Colani commissioned the first P4 replica built in 1977 by Noble Motorsport in Leicester. A steel space frame was used and the reliable Renault 3.0 litre, V6 engine linked to a five-speed transaxle giving the power and speed for use on the track also. The fibreglass body has been produced with careful attention to detail and the result is a faithful copy of the original car built in the 1960s. A fun and exciting evocation of the great original with desirable looks and still manages to turn heads today.
This Noble P4, number 053, was built in 1992 and purchased by the previous owner in August 1995; a design director of Ford Motor Company. Correspondence and receipts from Neil Foreman of NF Auto Development indicate that it was upgraded to the latest specification of the time, including wishbones, reinforced chromed steering arms, shock absorbers and springs along with a new radiator and cooling fan during 1998. Sliding side windows were fitted in July 1999 to complete the new build, now sporting a redesigned front end. The all-alloy 2.7 litre, fuel injected V6 Renault engine, coupled with the five-speed gearbox provides suitable power for the light weight space frame construction and the upgrades have enhanced the drivability and usability. Documents show that in 1995, it was purchased with a mileage of 4,595. An invoice from Alan Collins Performance Car Specialist in 1997 then records the mileage at 4,639. It was then stored privately in Germany for at least ten years and it appears that the odometer stopped working at some point during this period; however, we are informed that it has been subject to little use since then. Purchased by the vendor two years ago to join his collection of Ferraris, he found he was unable to import the car to the USA allowing us to offer it today. This Noble Ferrari 330 P4 is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in September 2015 and a large history file which includes the original build manuals, letters of new part conformity for registration, wiring diagrams and drawings. Due to the great fame, sleek appearance and absolute rarity of the original, most of us can only aspire simply to enjoy a hand-crafted and bespoke built P4 replica, similar to the exceptional car offered here. This real xxxxxx is on the button and ready for a new owner to enjoy.
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