In 1967, Ferrari introduced a sports racing car that has since been hailed as one of the most beautiful cars ever built — the 330 P4. As with all Ferraris of that era, the number ‘330’ related to the cubic capacity of each cylinder of the car’s V12 engine, while the P4 designation denoted this model was the fourth prototype for racing. As you’d expect, each P4 was hand-built utilizing alloy panels designed by Pininfarina and formed over a tubular chassis. It was intended for racing only, and a road-going version was never produced. Only three P4s were ever made, while one P3 was upgraded to P4 specifications. It was powered by a V12 producing 336kw (450bhp) with a total weight of only 800kg, and Ferrari intended the P4 to go head-to-head against Ford’s GT40 at Le Mans — the Ford, of course, having been originally designed to beat Ferrari at its own game after Enzo Ferrari backed out of a deal to sell his historic company to Ford. Having already been humiliated by Ford at Le Mans in 1966, Ferrari was out for revenge, and the first opportunity arrived at the following year’s 24 Hours of Daytona race. Only two 330 P4s were available for the race, Ferrari’s third entry being a converted P3. Ferrari’s number one car saw Lorenzo Bandini team up with our very own Chris Amon who, ironically, had driven the 1966 Le Mans–winning GT40 along with Bruce Mclaren. In the event, Ferrari staged a glorious one-two-three finish, with the Bandini/amon P4 taking the chequered flag. The best Ford could manage was sixth place. The combination of Bandini/amon and the P4 repeated their Daytona success at the Monza 1000km race in April, with the Mike Parkes / Ludovico Scarfiotti P4 in second place. Alas, when it came to the big race of ’67 — the 24 Heures Du Mans — the GT40 driven by Dan Gurney and AJ Foyt took out overall honours, although Ferrari managed to nail down the second and third spots. If that wasn’t enough, for 1968 the international racing authorities altered regulations, reducing eligible engine capacity to 3.0 litres, rendering the P4s with their 4.0-litre engines redundant.
Chris Amon in the 330 P4 at the Daytona 24 Hour in 1967
Ferrari arranged for the winning P4s to cross the line at Daytona together — although the Amon/bandini car (#23) was classified as the winner