Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France
The Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta not only has breathtaking looks, but it is also unquestionably one of the greatest Ferrari racing cars ever built and a car of such class that the various versions that followed have become legendary in their own right.
The first production car was built in November 1956, and production was now the responsibility of Scaglietti in Modena. That year saw the real start of the 250 GT Berlinetta’s competition career. It would win more races than either of its legendary successors, the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta and the 250 GTO. Olivier Gendebien won the GT class in the Tour of Sicily at the beginning of 1956, but it was the Tour de France of that year which became the GT Berlinetta’s most important race and put this car into the annals of motor sport history.
In 1956, in his first attempt, Alfonso de Portago took the victory, with Stirling Moss in a Mercedes 300 SL second and Gendebien third in the first Pinin Farina ex-works development car. From then on the name of the race in which Ferrari had scored the famous victory came into common usage for the name of the model. In fact, Gendebien drove a Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France to victory for the next three consecutive years in the race whose name the car had now unofficially taken.
Altogether, there were five series of 250 GT Long Wheelbase Berlinettas. About 29 series III cars were built, which retained the attractive and very desirable covered headlights of its predecessors but had just a single louvre.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.
2,953 cc single overhead-camshaft V12 engine with three Weber carburettors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,600 mm (102.4").
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Derdehmel Fotografie