|This is the garage that houses part of his World-renowned car collection.
Jim's day job as head of the investment firm Glickenhaus & Co. allows him to pursue a hobby that unless you are the head of such a company, you could not afford the entry fees! Jim collects exotic cars. The BEST exotic cars! He is particularly well-known as a Ferrari aficionado, with a stable that includes a 1947 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa, a trio of 1967¦the Dino Competizione, a P3/4 and a 412 ¦and then there is the Ferrari he is most famous for¦the 2006 Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina.
The P4/5 is a one-off that Glickenhaus envisioned as a modern version of the Ferrari P-series. But how do you redesign what many consider to be the finest sports car of all time? Glickenhaus went to Pininfarina, the car designers & coach builders long associated with Ferrari, and laid out his design concept he purchased the last Ferrari Enzo in existence and told them to redesign the Enzo in a style similar to his 1967 Ferrari 330 P 3/4. Now the Enzo cost him close to $2 million dollars,but the final project, with more than 200 components designed especially for the P4/5 would add an additional $4 million. Not that Glickenhaus thinks it's a bad investment, as he said, it would not amaze me if, in 50 years, the P4/5 goes for $100 million.
Some of the other cars in Jim's collection include a Duesenberg J446, a Stutz DV-32, the Ford GT40 Mark IV J6, a Lola T70 Sl 71-32 and the 2009 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, but ohhhh those Ferrari's.
Glickenhaus' collection of rare automobiles includes:
Ford GT40 Mark IV J6
Lola T70 Sl 71-32
Fiat Dino 2400 Spider
Ferrari 208 GTB Turbo
1947 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa (chassis 002C), the oldest undisputed Ferrari chassis in existence
1967 Ferrari Dino Competizione
1967 Ferrari P3/4 (chassis 0846)
1967 Ferrari 412 P (chassis 0854)
2006 Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina
2009 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
2009 Ferrari P4/5 Competizione
Jay Leno may score all the press, but for our money, James Glickenhaus is the Most Interesting Car Guy In The World.
Jim Glickenhaus and the 2006 Pininfarina Ferrari P4/5
1967 And All That
Having commissioned the worldâ€™s most celebrated coachbuilder, Pininfarina, to radically redesign the Ferrari Enzo in the manner of a â€˜60s sports prototype, youâ€™d think the owner would take it easy and consign said masterpiece to an air-conditioned garage.
Not so in the case of Jim Glickenhaus and the achingly desirable Ferrari P4/5 - the car has now covered over 4,000 miles, and a recent trip to Europe saw it pounding round dusty Sicilian roads on the Giro Di Sicilia - Targa Florio, and then moving on to what would normally be the manicured grounds of Goodwood House, but a venue that in June 2007 was turned into marshland by unseasonal monsoons.
Truly a â€˜Classic Driverâ€™, we caught up with the New York-domiciled General Partner at Glickenhaus & Co. at the Goodwood Festival, where the red and black car was being exhibited in the Supercar Run - driven of course by Jim himself, ably assisted by Sal, the technical genius who has masterminded many functions on the Ferrari and is â€˜chef dâ€™equipeâ€™ of the Glickenhaus car collection.
Before you ask Glickenhaus the 'whys, wheres and hows' of this extraordinary project, the first thing to establish is more background on his other cars and, automotively speaking, just what â€˜makes him tickâ€™.
"I donâ€™t really want to own anything I cannot use. If I own it I want to get the best use out of it at events like this and the Historic Targa Florio where you can actually drive on the same roads as Nuvolari, Bandini and Vaccarella.
"I told the story to Nick Mason this morning about wanting a jumper battery and borrowing one from Alan Mann. He said â€˜You know thatâ€™s like having Eric Clapton tune your guitar!â€™ Alan Mann is a legend, and you come to Goodwood and meet him and people like Jim Hall, who you can talk to about aerodynamics. Itâ€™s an incredible thing.
"The magic year is really 1967. The reason is that if you have a race car from that year it will be fitted with headlamps, turn indicators, and two seats, and itâ€™s legal to register it as a road car. Jim Hall was telling me that that was in the regulations so they registered the Chaparrals [for long-distance racing] with Texas license plates...
"So the point is when the P4/5 comes here with a plate on it, itâ€™s a real plate! I can get in it and drive it to London - itâ€™s legal and insured. In the US, pre-1967 racing cars can be road-registered so I can get up early on a Sunday morning and take the Ferrari P3/4, Lola T70, Ferrari 412P or Ford Mk IV out for a 200 mile drive.
So tell us more about the other cars.
"I have the oldest Ferrari in existance, the 166 Spider Corsa in which Frenchman Raymond Sommer won Ferrariâ€™s first major race (the Turin Grand Prix in 1948), and I have a Can Am race-winning, ex-Penske, Lola T70. It was a spider, and I drove it on the road but one day the police said, â€˜Jim, you should have a windshield on this...â€™ so as the cars were built as both I sourced a coupé body and fitted that. I have owned that car since 1971.
"Another is the 1967 Ford Mk IV, the yellow car #2 Donohue/McLaren Le Mans (4th place) car - one of the most original race cars in the world.
"The later Ferraris that I own are the 1966/67 P3/4 (seen above at last yearâ€™s historic Targa - Ed.), and the ex-Maranello Concessionaires1967 412P. "
Jim Glickenhaus had bought the P3/4 in 2000 as a complete car (plus spares) - a chassis commissioned by David Piper in the early 1970s from the original Ferrari fabricators. On stripping for a rebuild, it turned out to incorporate the main components from #0846, the car that started life as a factory P3 in 1966 (a car rolled by Bandini at the Targa), and was then used to develop the P4 (winning at Daytona in â€™67, crashed by Vaccarella at the Targa and catching fire at Le Mans...).
The controversial story of this car merits an article of its own, however Jim sums the car up well; "This car is legal - there is no question. It was a crashed, burnt and put together from parts; thatâ€™s what happens to race cars."
"The other Ferrari I have is a 412P, chassis #0854, the British concessionaireâ€™s entry that finished 3rd at Spa in 1967 and got the points at the last race of that year (Brands Hatch) for Ferrari to win the Manufacturerâ€™s Championship."
Glickenhaus explains that he had not really intended buying this car "I was at Monterey displaying #0846 when a guy came up to me who represented the then owner of #0854 saying â€˜you should buy this car, you know so much about themâ€™".
Years later he did and, like with the P3/4, has spent much time on restoring it to its original specification. And road-registering it of course. He hopes to bring the Cambridge blue/red car to Europe in 2008, re-uniting it with its drivers of the time, Richard Attwood and David Piper at Brands, as well as driving it on the Historic Targa course.
A final word on these incredible 1967 cars - whatâ€™s the missing piece, the one car that Jim would buy if he could?
"The Chaparral 2F - I want it but I cannot buy it!"
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