The Possibility Project, an organization that empowers inner city teenagers through theatre, had teamed up with Jim Glickenhaus to offer a private tour of his workshop in southern Westchester County, New York where he restores and keeps his collection of cars.
The Possibility Project is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization operating three programs for youth in New York City. Their mission to empower teenagers to create safe, peaceful, and productive lives and communities. Using the performing arts and community action as vehicles, The Possibility Project aims to develop the next generation of engaged community leaders.
With such a worthwhile cause Jim Glickenhaus was onhand to provided details on the collection and deliver stories and the history of the cars. Several of the cars on display included a Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina, a Dino Competitione, the oldest existing Ferrari a 1947 Ferrari 159S Spyder Corsa (chassis 002C), and race cars from the 1960s inlcuding a Lola T-70 driven by Mark Donnahue, a 1960 Ford Mark IV and a Ferrari P4 and several others
Now for a little bit of history on each of the cars.
1967 was a banner year for the Enzo Ferrari motor company, as it saw the production of the mid-engined 330 P4, a renowned V12 endurance car meant to replace the previous year’s P3. Only four Ferrari P4-engined cars were ever made: one P3/4 and three 330 P4’s. Their 3-valve cylinder head was modeled after those of Italian Grand Prix-winning Formula One cars.
The P3/4, one of the P4’s, and one 412 P electrified the racing world when they crossed the finish line together (in first 0846, second 0856, and third place 0844) in the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona. Since then, the fate of the these four nearly legendary cars has been the subject of much attention. All of the P4’s built are accounted for. By chassis number: 0846 the only P3/4 was originally built as a P3 by Ferrari. This vehicle was damaged in an accident at Le Mans and was discarded by Ferrari.
The Ferrari 412 P was a “customer version” of the famous 330 P3 race car, built for independent teams like NART (0844), Scuderia Filipinetti (0848), Francorchamps (0850), and Maranello Concessionaires (0854) 0854 is an original 412 P and is currently being restored.
The Fiat Dino is an exotic front-engined, rear-drive sports car manufactured between 1966 and 1973. It was an intermediate step towards creating Ferrari’s “Dino” and the two are often confused. The Fiat Dino allowed Ferrari to achieve the necessary production numbers to homologate Alfredo Ferrari’s (better known by his nickname of “Dino”) V6 engine for Formula 2 racing. The Fiat Dino Spider was introduced at Turin Motor Show 1966. Two body designs were made and manufactured for Fiat; the Spider by Pininfarina and the Coupé by Bertone.
The Ferrari P4/5 (officially known as the Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina) is a one-off sports car made by Italian sports car manufacturer Ferrari but redesigned by Pininfarina. The car was in a previous life an Enzo Ferrari but the owner preferred the styling of Ferrari’s 1960s race cars, the P Series. The project was officially presented to the public in August 2006 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elégance.
The Boot’s the intersection of GM parts and Hurst fabrication which came about when in 1967 the newly-minted National Off-Road Racing Association announced the 849-mile Mexican 1000 which came to be known as the Baja 1000. Hot-rodder and racing fiend Vic Hickey took notice and used his connections at GM to kick off a project for a purpose built racing buggy. It used a beefy tube steel frame, heavy suspension, a 450-hp 350 cubic-inch V8 and Hydra-matic automatic transmission and huge tires to attack the rugged Mexican terrain. The whole thing was put together in a stunning 26-day build at Hurst, but building a thing and having it sorted for a punishing race are two different things.
Actor and racer Steve McQueen heard about the Boot through his Triumph dealer’s brother Bud Ekin. After hearing about it, McQueen convinced Ekin to join him in buying and campaigning the Boot. McQueen purchased the buggy. Eventually the Boot did succeed, winning with Bud at the wheel during the Baja 500 in 1969.
This prototype followed three Dino 206 sports racing cars that raced at LeMans. These were powered by Dino V6 engines and raced alongside the famous 330 P3. Both these cars were released at the 1966 Ferrari press conference and can trace their roots back to Formula 2 series in 1957, when Enzo named his new V6 engine after his son Dino Ferrari.
Engineer Vittorio Jano designed the V6 engine which had twin overhead camshafts. Loosely based on the V12. By 1966, a version of this engine was redesigned by Franco Rocchi and made its way into the 206 sports racing car.
Much like a scale version of the 330 P3, the standard 206 was bodied at Piero Drogo’s Carrozzeria Sports Cars and both featured the same shape, similar light alloy bodywork, semi-monocoque chassis and five-speed transaxles. Labor troubles meant that only 18 of the 206 SP were ever made, so homologation requirements meant that the model was restricted to Group 6 prototype racing.
One day after Ford’s second Le Mans win, new regulations for 1968 were announced, which rendered the Mk IV obsolete. Ford brought the Mk IVs back to Holman & Moody and had all four rebuilt to resemble the winning chassis, which according to the ACO was J-6. The cars were painted red and received a ‘Gurney-bubble’ in the roof to be an exact replica of the winner. For a while these ‘winners’ were shown at various motorshows.
In 1991 American collector James Glickenhaus bought J-6 and soon after he started to have his doubts about whether his car really was the Le Mans winner. He visited the Ford Museum to inspect J-5 and discovered that it had a lowered floor under the driver’s seat. Together with the bubble in roof this was done to accommodate the very tall Dan Gurney.
There was also a crack on J-5’s nose where a fan with a bottle of champagne had sat down after the race. Furthermore, Glickenhaus found some damage on his car that was caused when the tail blew off. For almost thirty years the ACO and Ford’s marketing department had all the historians fooled. To date Glickenhaus is the only person to prove that his Le Mans winning machine, really wasn’t.
Having discovered that his car was not the red #1 car driven by Gurney and Foyt, Glickenhaus had his car repainted to the correct yellow paint job as the #2 car driven by McLaren and Donohue to fourth place at Le Mans. The Gurney bubble was retained as Glickenhaus considered it was part of the car’s interesting history. Mechanically the car is still completely original as it was raced only once.
All in all this was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had as an automotive enthusiast. I can’t thank Jim Glickenhaus for opening up his garage workshop and the team at The Possibility Project for making it happen.