Thursday, December 12, 2019

1957 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione 'Tour de France' by Scaglietti

Ferrari’s 250 GT berlinetta dominated the multi-stage Tour de France rally from 1956 to 1959.

72 examples were built that are highly prized by collectors. Produced in four discreet series before being succeeded by the 250 GT SWB berlinetta, the ‘Tour de France’ is the cream of Ferrari racing history.
This mid-production TdF is the 15th of 17 examples built in the 1957 body style.

The 3.0-litre V12 had a confirmed output of 258 bhp at 7.200 rpm. The transmission was the competition ribbed gearbox, paired with a limited-slip differential and an 8 × 32 final drive ratio.
With a history including a successful career with a celebrated German driver, chassis 0879 GT rightfully claims a rich racing pedigree.

Chassis 0879 GT was entered in more than 20 races, claiming 11 victories and top-five finishes. This example has a short and well-documented chain of ownership, including use by a Ferrari factory driver. Built with the three-louver Scaglietti coachwork and desired covered headlights this car has had just two custodians over the last 45 years.
The 15th of 17 third-series examples with desirable covered headlights, this example crossed the block at RM Sothebys in 2018 against a $9m to $11m estimate. It failed to change hands.