One of the most significant competition Ferrari 250s, the GT Berlinetta Competizione ‘Tour de France’, is heading to RM Sotheby’s outstanding Monterey offering
You might be thinking that RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale on 13-15 Auguest couldn’t get any more impressive, thanks the consignment of the Pinnacle Portfolio, but the auction house has just announced one of the most significant racing Ferraris of all time: The 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione ‘Tour de France’.
This is chassis 0557GT, the Scaglietti-bodied competition car that actually went on to win the 1956 Tour de France Auto, giving the model its well-deserved nickname. The racer Marquis Alfonso de Portago originally owned it, and it was amazingly undefeated throughout its racing career.
After it won the Tour de France, the 250 successfully took on the Coupes du Salon at Montlhery in October, as well as a first place finish at the Rome Grand Prix the same year. Following the driver’s tragic death in 1957, the car was sold to the UK, where it remained for over 20 years, before moving to the USA.
What makes this car so special is that over the years it has never been crashed or significantly damaged, meaning it is still largely original. Despite this is has been the subject of major restoration and is offered in outstanding condition, winning a number of concours awards including best in class at Pebble Beach.
‘The Tour de France is the first significant model in Ferrari’s successful 250 lineage – it predates the Testa Rossa, the SWB Berlinetta, the 250 GTO and the 250 LM, and, as such, represents an important milestone in the company’s history,’ says Alain Squindo, Vice President, RM Sotheby’s.
Squindo continues, ‘0557GT is part of a very exclusive group of Ferrari’s most historically important individual cars, as famous designations like “Mille Miglia,” “Daytona,” and of course “Tour de France” were earned by singular cars that reigned victorious at those races. 0557GT therefore stands head and shoulders above its fellow stablemates, which it effectively named. Add to that the car’s history with Fon de Portago, its exquisite presentation and freshness to market, and the scene is set for a very, very memorable Monterey auction.’