Video duration:  00:02:25  Publisher: RM Sotheby’s

#WATCH as the 2001 Ferrari 550 GT1 Prodrive, CRD 002 hits the track at Paul Ricard for a modern showing of its awesome power, acceleration and speed. This particular chassis, serial number CRD 002/2001, is the second of ten Ferrari 550 GT1 examples built by Prodrive, and is arguably the most illustrious of them all. In a competitive career spanning more than four years, it competed in 49 races, taking 15 pole positions, 14 outright race wins and finishing on the podium some 29 times.

Former driver and co-pilot of Lilian Bryner, Enzo Calderari recalls what it was like to drive the 550 GT1 during what was a truly historic season that included Bryner and Calderari capturing a First in Class and 2nd Overall at the 2003 Spa 24 Hours. Since its retirement from competition, CRD 002 has remained in the custody of Care Racing Development in Switzerland. Impeccably presented in its Spa 2004 livery, it is accompanied by FIA and ACO Technical documents and, significantly, by a comprehensive CRD mileage log. The latter shows that all the major components are well within acceptable operating limits, with the engine and gearbox showing 3,944 and 3,193 kilometres.

Ideally suited to European historic racing series such as the burgeoning Masters Endurance Legends and Endurance Racing Legends, as well as for standalone races such as the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona and Le Mans Classic, this 550 GTS is ready to resume battle against old foes such as the Chevrolet Corvette C6R, Aston Martin DBR9 and Saleen S7R. Amazingly, this particular chassis is one of just fourteen Ferraris to ever win an international 24 hour race outright – and the only one to do so, thus far, this century – renders it a very significant car indeed, and one worthy of consideration by any serious Ferrari or competition car collector.

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