330 LMB Project – An Authentic Remastering of the Rarest of Race Cars
One of the most exceptional racing Ferraris in history, only four 330 LMBs were ever made, making it rarer even than the legendary 250 GTO
- A one-off project delivering an authentic blend of the latest restoration technique & sympathetic enhancement
- Inherited as a project, the remastered car has been converted to LMB spec from an original Ferrari 330 GT
- Bespoke alloy body hand-crafted using templates taken from the original car (Chassis 4725 )
- All components are period-correct or scratch-built by Bell Sport & Classic’s restoration team
- This case study demonstrates the new bench-mark setting levels of finish for Bell Sport & Classic restorations
The result of a joint development programme between Bell Sport and Classic and the business’s owner, the project’s vision was to build an authentic 330 LMB, blending originality and the utmost attention to detail with the very latest restoration techniques and sympathetic enhancements in order to create the perfect, remastered 330 LMB Project.
With just four examples ever made – three left-hand drive and one right-hand drive – the 330 LMB is an extremely significant Ferrari, rarer even than the hallowed 250 GTO (of which there are nine times as many). It was also Maranello’s last front-engined racer of the era.
Built in 1963, the 330 LMB was a development of the 250 GTO, with a more powerful 390hp four-litre Columbo V12, a 20mm longer wheelbase and redesigned aluminium body. As Ferrari was preparing for the transition to new mid-engined competition cars, the LMB did little racing in period; the highlight being a fifth place at the Le Mans 24hrs.
For the remastered 330 LMB Project, the brief was simple: the car had to be as authentic as possible, but also a machine that could be used and enjoyed on the road.
Arriving at Bell Sport & Classic in 2017, the project began immediately under the leadership of Elliott East, who has been restoring classic cars and classic Ferraris for over a decade, working for many of the industry’s leading Ferrari specialists. Working alongside the engineering department led by Attilio Romano, a former member of the Ferrari factory technical team in Modena, who ran HR Owen’s Ferrari technical department for 22 years, together the team has over 60 years of experience in restoring, engineering and servicing classic and modern classic Ferraris.
The team used their experience and a no expense spared approach to ensure the project was an exceptional case study for the business. “All panels exactly line up, the riveting is outstanding, as is all the welding,” says Elliot East. “It is perfect, and better than the car would have been in period.”
The team scratch-built a huge number of parts because they simply aren’t made any more – or if they are, the quality was not right. “For example, we spent a year looking for window catches – but in the end made them ourselves to ensure we were happy with the fit and finish.”
Once happy that the bodywork was perfect it was painted in period correct Rosso Corsa with white racing roundels and hand painted Scuderia shields and number plates.
Engine and gearbox
The team took the original Columbo V12 engine and converted it to full LMB specification with a dry sump, six scratch-built Weber 42s, LMB profile cam shafts, timing case and water pump all bespoke & made for the car. Once the engine build was complete it was extensively dyno tuned and now produces 390bhp. To ensure the cars’ on road usability the project is fitted with a 5-speed synchro gearbox and completely rebuilt limited slip differential
All suspension components were completely rebuilt, featuring upper and lower wishbones with coil springs and telescopic dampers at the front, whilst at the rear there is a coil-over ‘helper’ damper, leaf springs, 4 linked axle and Watts linkage, as per the original factory competition cars.
Competition Lusso interior
Original specification LMB 330s were racing cars, so they had functional cabins, bare-painted in silver Hammerite with a wrinkle fit dashboard and black Corduroy seats. With an increased focus on use-ability, Bell Sport & Classic’s team worked with the client to choose a correct interior that would still be authentic but with a touch more comfort. In line with restoration work completed on other cars which saw original 330 LMB interiors rebuilt in ‘Competition Lusso’ the team kept the black Corduroy seats and ‘wrinkle’ dash but added subtle touches to ensure durability and comfort.
As a test bed for future restoration projects already underway at Bell Sport & Classic the 330 LMB underlines the exceptional approach and craftsmanship that epitomises the business’s new market leading standard.
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