1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione
1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione is one of those iconic vehicles that stand no comparison with other automotive designs. The impact this model has had on motorsport, let alone Ferrari itself, is something incredible and impossible to quantify. It saw consistent success on race tracks around the globe, and it truly came into its own at the 1956 Tour de France. A notoriously grueling six-day rally, this even included circuit competitions, hill climbs, and even drag races, and Alfonso de Portago together with co-driver Edmund Nelson finished 1st Overall, thus earning the model the nickname of “Tour de France,” and making the Ferrari one of the most successful racing cars in the Italian manufacturer’s history. You should not be surprised that the surviving TdFs, especially if featuring well-known racing histories, rank among the most desirable sports cars of the period and possibly the most desirable collectibles around the world. Chassis #0507 GT is the second of nine 1956 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione’s ever built; it took part in the 1956 Mille Miglia and the 1959 Tour de France, which is why auctioneers are expecting people to pay somewhere between $7,000,000 and $9,000,000.
Produced prior to the Tour de France victory, the vehicle packs a 260-hp 2,953 cc SOHC V-12 engine, including three Weber 38 DC3 carburetors, four-speed all-synchromesh manual transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, as well as live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs and parallel trailing arms; don’t forget the all-around drum brakes. Back in 2000, chassis #0507 GT was put through a complete restoration that brought it back to its original configuration. Shipped to Ferrari distributor Classic Coach of Elizabeth, New Jersey, and then to marque specialist David Carte of Classic & Sport Auto Refinishing in Edinburg, Virginia, the vehicle received quite a lot of attention and the expertise of high-quality workmanship. Carte’s facility completed some mechanical work as well as show details, including the original silver grey exterior complemented by a blue leather interior. Proving the timeless elegance and beauty of this old-school design is the Cavallino Classic even in 2006, where the 50-year old Ferrari was awarded Platinum honors and the Gran Turismo Cup for Best of Show GT.