Scaglietti’s Ferrari 121 LM, a beauty with no victories
The Ferrari 735 LM, also known as 121 LM due to its “Tipo 121” engine, made its debut during the Mille Miglia race.
It was 1 May 1955, and one of the three e models in the race was driven by Eugenio Castellotti, who fought fiercely against Stirling Moss, the British driver at the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR. Moss won in the end – securing first place while all three 121 LMs had to withdraw from the race early, due to their tires being worn and unfit to support the model’s power. Another Ferrari, the 376 S, snagged third place in the competition.
Next, Castellotti tried the 24 Hours of Le Mans on 11 June 1955. Three 121 LMs competed on the track, unfortunately in a race that would go down in history as the “Le Mans disaster” – the worst accident in motorsport ever, causing 84 deaths and leaving 120 people hurt.
After a final, failed attempt at winning the 1955 World Sportscar Championship (won again by Mercedes-Benz), the three cars were sold.
The one by Carrozzeria Scaglietti is portrayed in our gallery today.