Article by Anthony Alaniz. Video by Petrolicious.
"It simply does nothing wrong.”
There are some cars that come along and become instant legends. Icons of a time long forgotten. In the late 1960s, Ford and Ferrari were two behemoths battling it out for world domination on the racetrack.
Ford was dominating the race circuit, putting a level of hurt on Ferrari that the Italian automaker never expected. In 1967, Ferrari’s aim changed to just one goal—win; and the Ferrari 330 P4 was born.
Frod’s GT40 stole the win from Ferrari’s sails during the 1965 and 1966 races of the Constructor's International Sports Prototype Championship.
For 1967, Ferrari received some vindication in a race known as The Revenge of Il Commendatore, where Ferrari finished 1-2-3 at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Ferrari took home a 1-2 finish in Monza. Ford did win at Le Mans, but the two P4s finished second and third, winning the prototype title for the year.
The P4 represents a car we will never see again. With rigid safety standards in place, a car of this magnitude is a relic—a dinosaur as beautiful as the ones that graced the screen in 1993’s Jurassic Park—a car that takes the breath away.
There are no electronic aids. No state-of-the art safety features. There is no net except for your own two feet. There is nothing between you, the car and the road you’re traveling on.
"This is a car that almost anybody can jump into and drive fast right away,” said Nick Longhi, Ferrari Corso Pilota instructor and race prep engineer for Private Collection, during the opening of the video. "It simply does nothing wrong.”
With Longhi’s years of professional track time it is hard to believe that this car is manageable at high speeds. Horsepower and handling were at two very distinct branches of their evolution in the 1960s.
"It tells you to keep going and go faster,” he said. "You just drive it and go. That’s incredibly rare.”
Rare … that is a good way to describe most everything from Ferrari. It’s one thing that this car is still around—this P4 is the last original one—but another thing completely that it is still driven today in all its glory.
"You’re being allowed to, in this lifetime, to drive this thing—it’s a privilege and a great honor.”