In fact, it was actually a 1-2 for the French marque in the race, held at Montichiari, near Brescia, on 4 September 1921. This car, driven to victory by Jules Goux, was followed home by Jean Chassagne in another Ballot, the locals’ favourite Fiat 802 having to settle for third.
But that’s not this car’s only claim to fame: it also counts Sir Malcolm Campbell as a former owner, and he raced it at Brooklands in 1923.
It was a cutting-edge racer in its day, capable of hitting 124mph and powered by a double-overhead camshaft, four valves-per-cylinder engine with hemispherical combustion chambers.
This marvel is just one of over 60 rare cars that will take their place in Hampton Court Palace’s Fountain Gardens in September – and almost 1000 cars will be on show across the event’s three days.
“The Ballot 3/8 LC perfectly encompasses everything that is great about our concours entrants – the car sees regular use, it’s fantastically rare and it holds an important place in automotive history,” said Andrew Evans, Concours of Elegance Managing Director.
“This one car is really just a taste of what we have in store this year; our special features, our partners and the quality of the cars on display are undoubtedly all the best yet.”
If you’d like to go, you can buy tickets here.