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Ferrari 250 GT LWB «Tour de France»

Noch so eine Sammlung

Wir haben das ja schon einmal zu erklären versucht, das mit dem Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta, hier. Die halt besser bekannt sind als «Tour de France». Aber das war einer der frühsten Artikel auf «radical» – und ist leider in der Folge etwas unübersichtlich geworden. Deshalb unternehmen wir hier einen neuen Anlauf, eine unserer gefürchteten Sammlungen.

Erste Serie (no louvre, wahrscheinlich 9 Exemplare, 0503, 0507, 0509, 0513, 0539, 0555, 0557, 0563, 0619):

Chassis-Nummer: 0507GT

Motoren-Nummer: 0507GT

ausgeliefert: 23.04.1956

Original-Farbe: Silber

Besonderes: no louvre

erster Besitzer: Ottavio Randaccio (Mailand, Italien, Kennzeichen MI 304826, trat damit 1956 bei der Milla Miglia an, #510, dnf)

weitere Besitzer: Angelo Roma (1959, Mailand, Italien – das Fahrzeug wurde von René Trautmann bei diversen Rennen pilotiert. Und erhielt 1959 zwei Mal eine neue Front (covered headlights)); Maria Felicita Gattori (1962, Mailand, Italien); Schweiz (1964, erhielt einen Heckspoiler, 1968 weiterverkauft); Rob de la Rive Box (1968, Villmergen, Schweiz); Claus Ahlefeld (1968, Egeskov, Dänemark); Sam Mann (2000, Englewood, USA, gekauft au der Auktion von Brooks in Monaco, ca. 750’000 Dollar); RM Sotheby’s, Monterey 2016, Schätzpreis 7’000’000 bis 9’000’000 Dollar, zugeschlagen für 5’720’000); Brian Ross (2016, Cortland, USA).

Chassis-Nummer: 0557GT

Motoren-Nummer: 0557GT

ausgeliefert: 23.04.1956

Original-Farbe: Grau

Besonderes: no louvre

erster Besitzer: Marquis Alfonso de Portago (gewann damit die Tour de France, 17.-23.9.1956, Beifahrer Ed Nelson, Startnummer 73)

weitere Besitzer: Hans Tanner Team (1957, Santa Ana, USA); Keith Schellenberg (1957, Richmond, England); Paul G. Palumbo (1983, England – hellblau lackiert, Streifen); Lorenzo Zambrano (1992, Monterrey, Mexiko; bezahlte 803’000 Dollar bei Brooks-Auktion); RM Sotheby’s, Monterey 2015, verkauft für 13’200’000 Dollar.

Wir widmen diesem Fahrzeug eine eigene Geschichte, hier.

Chassisnummer: 0563 GT

Motorennummer: 0563 GT

ausgeliefert: 10.09.1956

Original-Farbe: französisches Renn-Blue mit den entsprechenden Streifen

Besonderes: no louvre

erster Besitzer: Racing Sport Srl (Turin, für Jacques Peron, Nizza)

weitere Besitzer: Bruce Kessler (1959, Beverly Hills, USA); Ron Wakeman (1960, USA); Larry Taylor (1973, San Francisco, USA, Unfall); Richard W. Gent (1983, South Euclid, USA); Tony Schwartz (2008, Calabasas, USA); Martin Gruss (2009, New York); Adrian Labi (2014, London)

Auktionen: RM Sotheby’s, Monterey 2008, nicht verkauft; Maranello 2009, verkauft für 2’310’000 Euro; London 2014, verkauft für 4’872’000 Pfund, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «Chassis 0563 GT is the eighth of only nine 1956 250 GT Berlinetta Competiziones, and it is eligible for every historic motoring event, including the Mille Miglia. Following factory completion, it was sold new to Racing Sport S.r.l, of Torino, Italy, on 10 September 1956. The car was then immediately leased to Jacques Peron, of Nice, France. It was registered on Torino plates TO 214813 on the 14th of that month, and it began its racing career just three days later, at the event that would grant this car its namesake. This TdF entered the fifth annual Tour de France Automobile wearing race number #75 and was driven by Peron and co-driver Jacques Bertrammier. Peron and Bertrammier would finish 8th overall and was the second TdF behind de Portago and Nelson, which no doubt helped to cement the nearly new car’s reputation at the Tour de France and within sports car racing in general. Peron would enter his TdF in one more race that year, the Coupes du Salon in Montlhéry, where he finished 2nd overall.
The 1957 season got off to a very good start for 0563 GT when Peron won the Rallye des Forêts in March. The car and driver’s second outing for the season proved to be equally successful, and on 7 April, Peron took 1st again, at the U.S.A. Cup at Montlhéry, which was followed by 2nd overall and 2nd in class in the Rallye du Printemps. Peron and 0563 GT returned to Montlhéry in June for the Grand Prix of Paris, where he won his class once more. The car then entered the Rallye de l’Allier, where it continued its dominance with another 1st place finish. Following some mechanical issues that lead to a DNF at the 12 Hours of Reims in July, the car finished 1st at the Razal race in August before embarking on its second Tour de France the following month. The 1957 Tour de France would prove even more successful for 0563 GT than its first outing at the same event. Peron and his co-driver Georged Burggraff finished 5th overall behind a trio of TdFs: the Ecurie Francorchamps entry driven by Gendenbien and Bianchi, the Scuderia Ferrari entry driven by Maurice Trintignant and François Picard, and the 3rd place team of Garage Montchoisy, which was driven by Jean Lucas and Jean-François Malle. It is important to note that 0563 GT was just one place behind the legendary Stirling Moss in a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, which was an incredible achievement in itself! The Coupe du Salon at Montlhéry was followed by Peron’s last event of the year, the Armagnac Rallye, in which he finished 3rd.
Nineteen fifty-eight saw a more limited season for the car, but its highlights included a 7th place finish at the Pau 3 Hours and a class win at the Plainfoy hill climb. Later in the year, Peron returned 0563 GT to the Ferrari factory in Modena, marking the end of its professional racing career. The car would remain there for over a year before being sold by to Bruce Kessler on 11 November 1959 and exported to the United States. In 1960, it was sold to Ron Wakeman from California, who kept it for over a decade, and in 1973, it became the property of Larry Taylor, also of California. Ten years later, in 1983, Richard Gent Jr. bought the car from Taylor’s estate and had it restored by Joe Piscazzi’s Auto Body and Tom Selby. Following the restoration, Gent displayed the car at the 25th Annual Ferrari Club of America International Concours at Stouffer’s Pine Isle Resort at Lake Lanier Island, Georgia, where it was awarded Second in Class.
In the 1990s, still under the ownership of Richard Gent, 0563 GT was fully restored by Bob Smith Coachworks in Texas, who brought the car back to the livery which it wore at the 1957 Tour de France. Gent did not show the car again until January 2001, when it attracted great interest at the 10th Annual Palm Beach Cavallino Classic. Later that year, the car won the Forza Award at the 37th Annual Ferrari Club of American National Meeting and Concours in Dallas. Chassis 0563 GT made its way to California in August 2003 for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where it placed Second in Class, which was no small achievement in a highly competitive class that year. Following Gent’s tenure, 0563 GT was purchased by its current owner in 2009, and he would campaign the car in historic racing and continue to display it at several concours events. The car, now boasting Ferrari Classiche certification, was driven in the Shell Ferrari Maserati Historic Challenge in 2010, which was followed by winning the Spirit Cup, as well as a Platinum Award, at the 19th Palm Beach Cavallino Classic the next day. The car would return to the Cavallino Classic the following year and once more for the historic races associated with that event in 2012, where it placed 3rd. That same year, the car was accepted to the Mille Miglia and was driven with gusto around its native Italy whilst wearing #371. It would compete once more in the same event in 2013, again without fault. Finally, 0563GT was entered into the Tour de France rally this year and also took part in the small and very exclusive Le 250 Tornano a Casa rally. The rally started at Le Mans, where this TdF was invited to take part in the parade laps prior to the start of the race. It would then drive through France and back to the Ferrari factory in Maranello. Once again, the car performed faultlessly, attesting to the durability and reliability of these cars.»

Chassis-Nummer: 0619GT (wurde 1957 umnummeriert in 0805GT)

Motoren-Nummer: 0619GT (oder auch nicht)

ausgeliefert: 28.03.1957

Original-Farbe: Grau

Besonderes: no louvres (was längst nicht mehr stimmt, aktuell 3 louvres)

erster Besitzer: Autoval (Frankreich)

weitere Besitzer: Pierre Noblet (auch bekannt als «Pertin», 1957, 8. Rang bei der Tour de France 1957, #163; zurückverkauft an Ferrari, dort umnummeriert auf 0805GT); Carlos Kauffmann (1958, Caracas, Venezuela); Julio Pola (1958, Venezuela, mit Ettore Chimeri bei Rennen eingesetzt – Totalschaden 1959, nach Modena zurückgeschickt); Myrko Mertlick (1959, Venezuela); USA (1961); Chris Prewitt (1970, USA); Avi Brand (1971, Woodbury, USA); Mark Derish (1972, New York, USA); Dick Scoby (1972, Brandenton, USA); Alberto Pedretti (1974, Spring Valley, USA); Dick Scoby (1974, zum zweiten Mal); Alberto Pedretti (1975, Spring Valley, USA); William Fazzano (1976, East Greenwich, USA); Fabrizio Violati (1982, Rom, Italien – Collezione Maranello Rosso, San Marino); später: Sebastian Vettel (Schweiz); Broad Arrow Auctions, Monterey 2022, verkauft für 6’055’000 Dollar.

Nun gibt es aber noch ein Fahrzeug, das auch die Chassis-Nummer 0619GT trägt. Wahrscheinlich ist es so: Das oben gezeigte Fahrzeug ist der originale 0619GT. Der zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt zu 0805GT umnummeriert wurde. Das Fahrzeug unten ist eigentlich 0805GT, wurde aber – wahrscheinlich aus steuerlichen Gründen – im Werk zu 0619GT gemacht. Beide Fahrzeuge hatten als ersten Besitzer Pierre Noblet, beide haben eine interessante Geschichte – und beide werden heute leider als 0619GT bezeichnet. Vielleicht ist auch alles anders, wahrscheinlich aber nicht.

Chassis-Nummer: 0619GT (war ursprünglich, wahrscheinlich, 0805GT)

Motoren-Nummer: 0619GT (oder auch nicht)

ausgeliefert: Januar 1958

Original-Farbe: Silber

Besonderes: 3 louvres

ausgeliefert an: Pierre Noblet (Kennzeichen 104 EV 30; er fuhr damit bis 1960 diverse Rennen, unter anderem die Tour de France 1958, «Pertin»/Peron, #159, 15. Rang OA/Klasse)

weitere Besitzer: Lafond (1960, Paris, Frankreich); Don Jetter (1961, Paris, Frankreich – gestohlen, Unfall); Charles Pozzi (1963, Frankreich, restauriert); Thepenier (1963, Frankreich; danach zwei weitere Besitzer, einer davon fuhr 1968 in eine Wand im Peugeot-Werk in Sochaux, dabei wurde ein Insasse getötet); Gary Schmidt (1973, Bitburg, Deutschland, als Wrack); Wayne Sparling (1975, Alva, USA); Tom Davis (1981, USA); RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island 2016, nicht verkauft, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «According to the factory build sheets for this TdF, copies of which accompany the car, the various inspections and tests carried out by Franchini and Pinelli were completed on November 30, 1957. Of particular interest are the horsepower figures of the factory’s Prova al Banco (dynamometer) for its tipo 128 C engine of 247.9 horsepower at 6,800 rpm, rising to 253 corrected horsepower at 7,200 rpm. In December, chassis 0805 GT, renumbered to 0619 GT, was sold to its first owner, Pierre Noblet, an industrialist living in Roubaix, France. Known to Enzo Ferrari as an extremely competent pilot with his exploits in his previous TdF (also 0619 GT), the factory numbered 0805 GT in order to avoid new car taxation for a valued client. Pierre Noblet, who at times raced under the alias “Pertin,” entered 0619 GT no less than 10 times in circuit races and hillclimbs during a three-year period in 1958, 1959, and 1960 (see race results). Many excellent finishes against Factory entries ensued; 3rd overall at Reims and Monza, as well as two 4th-place finishes at Spa and Monza, are counted among these. At the end of 1960, Noblet sold his TdF to Paris resident Georges Lafond. The latter passed the car to Don Jetter, an American living in Paris and a friend of renowned racer “Lucky” Casner. In 1961, the car was stolen and damaged in a crash. In 1963, 0619 GT found its way to Ferrari dealer Charles Pozzi, in Levallois-Perret, France, who properly repaired the TdF prior to selling it to Jean Thepenier, a Maserati dealer in Saint-Cloud, France. In 1968, the car was sold to a young man who, later with two friends, took a high-speed joyride before running into a Peugeot factory stone wall, damaging the entire right-hand side of the car, as seen on page 60 of Pourret’s aforementioned book. In November 1971, the damaged Ferrari had made its way into the ownership of Gary D. Schmidt, an American service man stationed in Bitburg, Germany. Four years later, in November 1975, Schmidt sold the TdF to Florida resident Wayne Sparling, a former Luigi Chinetti Senior NART Technician.

Although Sparling acquired 0619 GT some 40 years ago, it was relegated to the “backburner” for nearly 20 years while he worked on other Ferraris in his collection. Sparling’s Ferrari expertise, which encompasses every mechanical and body component, was acquired in the most demanding class rooms imaginable—the world’s international racing circuits. From 1966 to 1985, he attended every race contested by Luigi Chinetti Sr.’s North American Racing Team, from Le Mans to Daytona and Sebring, to mention a few. “My official job was as a Carrozzeria Mechanic,” he recalls, “but in the end we could repair every aspect of these cars. But don’t talk about me,” the ever modest Sparling admonished. “Tell them about Chinetti’s chief mechanic Nereo Iori because I learned so much from him; he was an all-rounder, an ex-Factory man and there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix on a 250, 275, Daytona, P4, or 512-S.” Once during the North Carolina Highland Classic Rally, this writer asked Wayne if he ever worried about car problems, since he never came with a trailer. “A properly rebuilt and prepared 12-cylinder Ferrari does not break down, and if it does, I can fix anything on it with this,” he said, patting his well-used tool roll. Once Sparling had completed this three-louvre, covered-headlamp Tour de France restoration, painted in the original Grigio color, it was subjected to his usual ritual, best described as “drive the heck out of it and go all over.” Finished in the early 2000s, 0619 GT has excelled for longer than a decade in a multitude of road rallies and shows, FCA Nationals, the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, and the Highlands Tour, just to name a few.»

Nun wird es aber spannend: Broad Arrow, Monterey 2022, verkauft für 6’055’000 Dollar. Das wäre dann das Fahrzeug, das wir oben vorgestellt haben. Das würde die ganze schöne Geschichte dann mit sehr grossen Fragezeichen versehen.

Einschub: die GTZ (Zagato, 0515, 0537, 0665, 0689, 1367):

Chassis-Nummer: 0515GT

Motoren-Nummer: 0515GT

ausgeliefert: 05.04.1956

Original-Farbe: Dunkelblau, weisses Dach

Besonderes: der erste der Zagato-«Tour de France»

erster Besitzer: Vladimiro Galluzzi (Mailand, Italien, Kennzeichen MI 312234)

weitere Besitzer: Scuderia Sant’Ambroeus (1957, Mailand, Italien); Orlando Palango (1957, Genua, Italien, ausgeliehen an Luigi Taramazzo, der damit erfolgreich mehrere Bergrennen bestritt; weiss lackiert; später kaufte Taramazzo das Fahrzeug); Luciano Ravira (1958, Genua, Italien); Roberto Sorcinelli (1959, Caligari, Italien); Giorgio Mazza (Italien); Vittorio Malago (1960, Rom, Italien); Edwin K. Miles (1960, Los Angeles, USA); Shirley Geringer für Cary McQuoid (1961, Palos Verdes, USA); George M. Shiffler (1963, Santa Ana, USA); Edwin K. Miles (60er Jahre, Los Angeles, USA); Walter Strader (60er Jahre, USA); Winston van Dyke (60er Jahre, Santa Monica, USA); Edwin K. Miles (1965, Los Angeles, USA); Charles P. Brinker (1966, Sherman Oaks, USA); David Scott (60er Jahre, Los Angeles, USA); Edwin K. Miles (1971, Los Angeles, USA); Jim Sullivan (1971, Arleta, USA); Edwin K. Miles (1973, Los Angeles, USA); Bud Pessin (1974, St. Louis, USA); Edwin K. Miles (1982, Los Angeles, USA Restauration bei Steve Tillack, wieder Dunkelblau mit weissem Dach, Motor aus Ferrari 250 GT SWB (1953GT) installiert, stand Ende 1985 zum Verkauf für 180’000 Dollar); Erich Traber (1986, Bern, Schweiz – auf der Sportscar Auction im Genf 1989 nicht verkauft (Höchstgebot ca. 2,1 Mio Dollar); 1991 bei World Vintage Auction angeboten); Lorenzo H. Zambrano (1991, Monterrey, Mexiko); David Sydorick (1999, Beverly Hills, USA).

Chassis-Nummer: 0537GT

Motoren-Nummer: 0537GT

ausgeliefert: 04.06.1956

Original-Farbe: Dunkelgrau Metallic

Besonderes: der zweite der Zagato-«Tour de France», genannt «Coupé Corsa»

erste Besitzerin: Cornelia Vassali (die Frau von Camillo Luglio)

weitere Besitzer: Nobili (1960, Italien); Edwin K. Niles (60er Jahre, USA, in der Folge weitere amerikanische Besitzer, Janpol, Drucker, Nassiry); Albrecht Guggisberg (Toffen, Schweiz); Robson S. Walton (1994, Bentonville USA)

Chassis-Nummer: 0665GT

Motoren-Nummer: 0665GT

ausgeliefert: März 1957

Original-Farbe: Schwarz, silbernes Dach

Besonderes: der dritte der Zagato-«Tour de France», genannt «Competizione»

erster Besitzer: Camillo Luglio

weitere Besitzer: Vladimiro Galluzzi (1958); Crepaldi (1958, Mailand, Italien); J.C. Meade (1959, USA); Ed Marshall (1967, Englewood, USA); William Wright (1972, Franklin, USA); Richard Milburn (1976, Hobart, USA); Ed Weschler (70er Jahre, Nashotah, USA); Peter Kaus (1979, Frankfurt, Rosso-Bianco-Collection); Lee Harrington (1999, gekauft auf der Brooks-Auktion in Gstaad, 2’753’500 Franken – USA)

Chassis-Nummer: 0689GT

Motoren-Nummer: 0689GT

ausgeliefert: 20.03.1957

Original-Farbe: ?

Besonderes: der vierte der Zagato-«Tour de France», genannt «Lusso»

erster Besitzer: Vittorio de Micheli (Florenz)

weitere Besitzer: Umberto Filotico (1959, Taranto, Italien – Unfall, neue Front); in den 70er und 80er Jahren in den USA, Nub Turner, Ken Hutchinson, John Delamater, Gary Rice, Charles Giapinski; Henk P.C. van de Meene (1992, Niederlande); Vincenzo Scandurra (Italien); Rick Nash (USA, Restauration)

Chassis-Nummer: 1367GT

Motoren-Nummer: 1367GT

ausgeliefert: 02.07.1959

Original-Farbe: Creme-Weiss, rotes Interieur

Besonderes: der letzte der Zagato-«Tour de France», genannt «Prototipo»

erster Besitzer: Vladimiro Galluzzi

weitere Besitzer: Cornelia Vassali (die Frau von Camillo Luglio, 1960); James Boulware (1975, Monte Serneno, USA); Robert Gatien (1976, San Jose, USA); O. Owen (1978, USA); Pietro Brigato (1980, Vicenza, Italien)

Zweite Serie (14 louvres, wahrscheinlich 9 Exemplare, 0585, 0597, 0607, 0629, 0647, 0677, 0683, 0703, 0707):

Chassis-Nummer: 0585GT

Motoren-Nummer: 0585GT

ausgeliefert: 15.11.1956

Original-Farbe: ?

Besonderes: erster 14 Louvres

erster Besitzer: Tony Parravano (was für eine schöne Geschichte, siehe auch: hier)

weitere Besitzer: Walt Disney Studios (60er Jahre, Hollywood, USA, Auftritt in «The Love Bug» (1968)); Harvey Schaub (Los Angeles, USA); Mike Schaub (Los Angeles, USA – stellte ihn am Strassenrand ab); J. Rothman (1977, USA); Bruce Craig Lavachek (1980, Paradise Valley, USA); David Cottingham (1994, Watford, England, über DK Engineering für 450’000 Pfund, 1997 restauriert); Jon Masterson (1997, Long Beach, USA); RM Sotheby’s, Pebble Beach 2018, zugeschlagen für 6’710’000 Dollar, wahrscheinlich an Talacrest; «Skyehill» (2014, England, über DK Engineering, Restauration)

Dritte Serie (3 Louvres, wahrscheinlich 17 Stück, 0723, 0731, 0733, 0747, 0749, 0753, 0763, 0767, 0771, 0773, 0781, 0787, 0793, 0805 (0619), 0879, 0881, 0893).

Chassis-Nummer: 0805GT – siehe oben, bei 0619GT.

Chassis-Nummer: 0879GT

Motoren-Nummer: 0879GT

ausgeliefert: 03.03.1958

Original-Farbe: Braun mit schwarzen Streifen

Besonderes: 3 louvres

erster Besitzer: Wolfgang Seidel (Düsseldorf, Deutschland, aber mit italienischem Kennzeichen BO 94477, später MO 50823, fuhr zahlreiche Rennen, auch einigermassen erfolgreich)

weitere Besitzer: Manfred Ramminger (1959, Krefeld, Deutschland); Siegfried Mahnke (60er Jahre, Köln, Deutschland – 1966 für 6500 D-Mark angeboten, «mit leichtem Motorschaden»); Gary D. Schmidt (1966, München, für 6000 D-Mark gekauft; Motor in der Schweiz revidiert); Christer Mellin (1973, Ljungskile, Schweden, im Tausch gegen Ferrari 500 Mondial (0408MD); Revision mit Teilen aus Ferrari 250 GTE (2349GT); Mauro Bompani (1997, Modena, Italien); RM Sotheby’s, Monaco 2018, Schätzpreis 7’000’000 bis 9’000’000, nicht verkauft.

Vierte Serie (1 louvre, wahrscheinlich 37 Exemplare, 0895, 0897, 0899, 0901, 0903, 0905, 0907, 0909, 0911, 0925, 0931, 0933, 0967, 0969, 0971, 0973, 1031, 1033 (1523), 1035, 1037, 1039, 1113, 1127, 1139, 1141, 1143, 1161, 1309, 1321, 1333, 1335, 1353, 1357, 1385, 1389, 1399, 1401).

Chassis-Nummer: 0897GT

Motoren-Nummer: 0897GT (und 1555GT)

ausgeliefert: 28.05.1958

Original-Farbe: Nachtblau/beiges Interieur

Besonderes: 1 louvre

erster Besitzer: F.A.S.T. SpA (Mailand, wurde gefahren von Carlo Leto di Priolo – der auch entscheidende Bedeutung hatte für die Entwicklung der Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ)

weitere Besitzer: Prinz Nicholas Zourab Tchkotoua (1959, Frankreich); Steve Earle (USA, rotes Interieur); R.W. Merritt (Bethesda, USA, Motor ausgebaut); Don Peak (USA, Chevrolet-V8 installiert); Bill Ziering (1971, Los Angeles, USA, Motor aus 1555GT installiert, Getriebe aus 0710TR); Ron Spangler (1987, Bel Air, USA, zum Verkauf angeboten für 395’000 Dollar); Donald Orosco (Los Angeles, USA, Restauration); Engelbert Stieger (1990, Teufen, Schweiz, originaler Motor gefunden, aber nicht installiert); Matthias Ficht (1995, München, Deutschland, originaler Motor installiert bei Restauration von GTO Engineering); Masek (2015, USA, gekauft für 5,6 Mio Dollar?); RM Sotheby’s, London 2015, Schätzpreis 4’500’000 bis 5’500’000 Pfund, verkauft für 4’760’000 Pfund, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «This example was completed in late March 1958 and sold new to F.A.S.T. SpA, of Milan, Italy. Copies of the build sheets and the engine dynamometer tests show that this car produced an incredible 263.2 horsepower at 7,200 rpm and a similarly impressive torque output. Most 250 GT LWB Berlinettas only produced around 240 horsepower at the time! Furthermore, additional research undertaken by RM Sotheby’s has uncovered that chassis number 0897 GT raced in the Gran Premio della Lotteria di Monza on 28 June 1959, under the banner of Scuderia Ambrosiana. Wearing #20, the car was driven by Carlo Leto di Priolo, yet it failed to finish. However, it did achieve the ninth fastest time in practice at that event. The car was then sold to Prince Zourab Tchkotoua in September 1959 and re-registered as MO 53102. Under his ownership, chassis 0897 GT was raced at the 1959 Cotê de la Faucille, held on 6 September, where he finished 2nd in class and 13th overall. The prince was a devoted Ferrari client and even finished 2nd in class at the Tour de France in 1959, whilst racing chassis 0503 GT. Thereafter, the car was exported from Italy to the United States and was noted as being owned by Steven J. Earle, of Santa Barbara, California, the founder of the Monterey Historic Races. Earle sold the car in the late 1960s to another noted Ferrari enthusiast of the time, Richard W. Merritt of Bethesda, Maryland. It is believed that during Merritt’s ownership, the car’s original engine was removed, and the car was later sold to Don Peak and then Bill Zierling, of Malibu, California, in 1971. The TdF was then restored by Allen Bishop, of Pacific Palisades, who fitted an engine from a 250 GT PF Coupé, number 1555 GT. Whilst passing through the care of well-known enthusiast Don Orosco, of Carmel, California, it was again restored, this time by Nino Epifani Restorations in Berkley, in 1989, and it was then sold to Engelbert E. Stieger, of St. Gallen, Switzerland. At this time, Stieger sourced and purchased the car’s original engine. The TdF also received a partial restoration by Garage Leirer in Switzerland. In 1995, 0897 GT was sold to Matthias Fitch, of Munich, Germany. Over the course of the next 17 years, the car was regularly driven and enjoyed on rallies and historic racing events across Europe. These included the Mille Miglia on five separate occasions, the Ferrari Maserati Historic Challenge, and the Le Mans Classic in both 2010 and 2012. During this time, the car was driven with engine number 1555 GT, although Fitch still retained the original engine. Recently, the original engine was reinstalled following a full rebuild by the Ferrari specialists at GTO Engineering. With only test mileage since the engine rebuild, the car is reported to be in excellent driving condition, and it would make a wonderful candidate for further historic racing events and vintage rallies. Accompanying the sale are copies of the car’s build sheet, documenting its high-horsepower specification, as well as its Italian Estratto Chronologico and period photographs that confirm its early ownership and racing history. Moreover, it is accompanied by its valid FIA HTP and A/3 Class FIVA Passport.»

Chassis-Nummer: 0899GT

Motoren-Nummer: 0899GT (also, eher nicht…)

ausgeliefert: 30.03.1958

Original-Farbe: Rot

Besonderes: 1 louvre

erster Besitzer: Edoardo Lualdi-Gabardi (Busto Arsizio, Italien, Kennzeichen VA 59245 – besass später auch einen 250 GTO (3413GT))

weitere Besitzer: Ferdinando Pagliarini (1958, Italien); Paul Mounier (1960, Algerien); Frankreich (ab 1960, Unfall, ausgeschlachtet; Motor in einem 250 GT Cabriolet installiert, Karosserie zu einem 250 GTE, Chassis kam zu Jacques Ohana, Marseille); Jean-Pierre Ferry (1987, Monte Carlo, Restauration bei Bacchelli & Villa; neuer Motor, wahrscheinlich aus 0817GT); angeboten über Christensen, 880’000 Dollar (2002); Brendan Gallaher/Michel Stern (2014, Bend, USA); Bonhams, Quail 2017, nicht verkauft: Fantasy Junction, (2021, angeboten für 4’350’000 Dollar); Mecum, Monterey 2022, verkauft für 2’860’000 Dollar, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «The example offered here, Chassis No. 0899GT, is an original, covered-headlight, single-louver car, originally bodied in lightweight aluminum by Scaglietti. It was delivered new to Eduardo Lualdi-Gabardi of Busto Arsizio, Italy, and raced by him at least 13 times to 12 podiums, including overall victory at the Coppa Sant’Ambroeus held at Monza in 1958. Class wins with 0899 GT during 1958 include the Coppa della Consuma and the Varese-Campo di Fiori Hill Climb. In late 1958, the car was sold to Ferdinando Pagliarini, who raced it in 1959 and took the overall win at the 1959 Castell‘ Arquato Vernasca Hill Climb. In 1960, 0899GT was sold to Paul Mournier, a Frenchman resident in Algeria. Following damage suffered in a road accident in 1961, the engine, also numbered 0899 GT, was sold that year to Charles Jourdan of France, while the recoverable rear portion of 0899 GT’s bodywork went to Carrosserie Rueda in Marseilles, France. It was subsequently purchased and mounted onto a Swallow-Doretti chassis known as the Sunbeam Alpine Harrington Special. The chassis of 0899 GT, complete with gearbox, front and rear suspension, brakes, steering box, rear end, fuel tank and dash console, was purchased in 1961 by Jacques O’Hana of Marseilles, France. In 1987, 0899 GT was restored by Bacchelli & Villa of Bastiglia, Italy, with new bodywork, and a correct-type engine sourced from 250 GT Boano 0817 GT was installed and stamped 0899 GT. Between 1993 and 1997, Jean-Pierre Ferry competed with 0899 GT five times in the Tour de France Auto, and he also competed with the car in the 1994 and 1995 editions of the Mille Miglia. Given its significance, 0899 GT received a meticulous restoration in 2012 by Ferrari Classiche. Retaining the original chassis, including the suspension, brakes and gearbox, 0899 GT is powered by a proper Tipo 128 C SOHC 2953cc V-12 engine (No. 0354C) developing 260 HP with triple Weber 36 DCL/3 carburetors, and that power is delivered by the original 4-speed manual gearbox (No. 171D). Confirmation of the restoration’s authenticity and excellence came at the 2016 edition of Concorso Italiano in Monterey, California, where it was awarded Best in Show, Best of Ferrari and the Art Center College of Design Students‘ Choice Award.»

Kommt schon wieder unter den Hammer, wieder bei Mecum, Kissimmee 2023, Schätzpreis 2’200’000 bis 2’500’000 Dollar, Text gleich wie oben. Aber immerhin neue Bilder:

Chassis-Nummer: 0925GT

Motoren-Nummer: 0925GT

ausgeliefert: 20.12.1957

Original-Farbe: Dunkelrot

Besonderes: 1 Louvre, ab Werk mit Überrollbügel

erster Besitzer: William Fisk Harrah (1958, Reno, USA – ausgeliefert über Otto Zipper)

weitere Besitzer: 1986, acht Jahre nach dem Tod von Harrah, von Kruse versteigert; John Mozart (1986, Palo Alto, USA); Baron Franz Mayr-Meinhof-Saurau (1988, Österreich, bezahlte auf Orion Auktion in Monaco 874’680 Dollar – und bot ihn 1990 für 2’100’000 Dollar an); Takeo Kato (1992, Japan); IHM (1992, Frankfurt, Motor-Restauration durch Terry Hoyle, 1994 Restauration durch DK Engineering, 2003 angeboten über DK, 2006 angeboten über Mario Bernardi); Andreas Schlaewicke (2007, Berlin, Deutschland); RM Sotheby’s Monaco 2010, verkauft für 2’401’392 Euro); David Gornes da Costa (2010, Perroy, Schweiz).

Chassis-Nummer: 1031GT

Motoren-Nummer: 1031GT

ausgeliefert: 12.09.1958

Original-Farbe: Hellblau mit rotem Streifen

Besonderes: 1 louvre

ausgeliefert an: Jacques Peron (Frankreich, Kennzeichen BO 06520; Tour de France 1958, Harry Schell/Jacques Peron, #163, 4. Rang OA)

weitere Besitzer: B. Cotton (Paris, Frankreich; Tour de France 1959, Cotton/Beudin, #162, DNF); G. Tettamini (60er Jahre, Como, Italien); Robert Magnani (1967, Point Richmond, USA, bezahlte 4500 Dollar, Rosso Dino mit beigem Interieur); David und Mary-Hoe Love (1972, Berkeley, USA); Fantasy Junction (2014, Dunkelrot, angeboten für 8,75 Millionen Dollar); RM Sotheby’s, Monterey 2021, verkauft für 6 Millionen Dollar, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «The 52nd alloy-bodied 250 GT LWB Berlinetta “Tour de France” of 72 built, chassis number 1031 GT was originally finished in an Alfa Romeo color known as “Giulietta Blue” with a red stripe and Havana brown upholstery. These were but the least of the requests of its original owner: French industrialist and accomplished racing driver Jacques Peron, a skilled rallyist (having co-driven to overall victory at the 1951 and 1953 runnings of the Rally Morocco), circuit racer, and multi-year 24 Hours of Le Mans entrant. Peron requested a 250 TR-specification engine, a hinged engine cover to enable easy roadside repairs as a solo driver, a transmission tunnel-mounted hand brake for standing starts on hill climbs, room for two spare wheels for endurance racing, an ammeter in place of a clock, and an altimeter to determine when to change carburetor jets. He also requested that the car be completed no less than three weeks prior to the 1958 running of the Tour de France, in which he wished to take part, so that he would time to test it, become comfortable behind the wheel, and, if necessary, trouble-shoot any ills. Copies of correspondence between Mr. Peron and Ferrari are included in the file. The Ferrari factory proceeded to deliver the car with no time to spare, having declined or ignored a number of Peron’s requests, including the 250 TR-spec engine and tunnel-mounted hand brake; they did, however, offer to install the altimeter—if he would be so kind as to bring it with him upon delivery. Having already been required to present the factory with his racing resume before they would sell him the car in the first place, Mr. Peron was, shall we say, not pleased. Such was his rage that not even a highly respectable 4th Overall finish in the Tour, co-driving with the noted American sportsman Harry Schell and overcoming damage to the right front fender, could quell it; he sent Ferrari a strongly worded letter thereafter, noting sale of the car to another Frenchman, René Cotton, in 1958. Mr. Cotton soon entered the car in the Coupe de Paris at Montlhéry, where it was a DNF driven by Jean-Marc Beudin. Cotton then finished 6th Overall in the Lottery Grand Prix at Monza on 28 June 1959, then, co-driving with Beudin, DNF’d in the Tour de France of 1959. In 1960 the car was brought into the factory Assistenza Clienti at Modena for service and maintenance, still in Cotton’s ownership. By October 1963 the car was owned by G. Tettamanti, then it passed in early 1967 to Ingegnere Beneteau of Agrate. Within months it had moved to the U.S. via the SS President Arthur, arriving in San Francisco in the hands of a new American caretaker, Robert Magnani. Mr. Magnani refinished the car in red and had it regularly serviced in his ownership by Steve Griswold’s now-legendary service facility, maintaining a detailed book of service records which still accompanies the Ferrari, while also driving the car some 15,000 kilometers. In 1972, chassis number 1031 GT was sold to David and Mary Love. The Loves were great enthusiasts known for the loving long-term stewardship of their automobiles, which in addition to chassis number 1031 GT also included a 250 Testa Rossa and an Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 by Zagato. Mr. Love—fondly remembered for his pioneering, tireless support for historic racing and his decades of on-track exploits in his Testa Rossa—was a fastidious caretaker who researched the car’s history carefully and maintained it with the same precision, taking pride in maintaining it mechanically himself. After it was refinished in grey with a black racing stripe, Mary Love, an accomplished vintage racing driver, drove the car at the Monterey Historics in 1973 and 1974, finishing 1st and 2nd in Class, respectively. Later that decade the engine and gearbox were rebuilt by Mr. Love. The car attended and completed six consecutive Colorado Grands between 1990 and 1995—with the Loves driving their mount to and from the event! The couple also completed the inaugural Copperstate 1000 in 1991 and the La Carrera Real in 1992. In the Tour de Marin in 2002, a ghost of the car’s past seems to have visited, when it sustained minor damage on the same right front fender that had been damaged in the 1958 Tour de France! This was corrected by 2004, with the body refinished to medium red, and the car continued to be enjoyed. During the Loves’ ownership the car was pictured in John Starkey’s respected tome on the model, The Ferrari 250 GT Story: Tour de France, and was generally considered one of the best-kept and most well-preserved examples of its kind. Only following David Love’s passing in 2014 did the prized 1031 GT become available, and was then acquired by the present owner—accompanied by the collection of documentation that had been meticulously kept over the years. This information helped enable a restoration undertaken with great sensitivity towards the originality of components throughout. Mechanical restoration was undertaken by the respected Patrick Ottis, with attention to detail that included confirming the original engine and gearbox numbers to still be present, properly restoring the wiring, and fitting such priceless pieces as original 1958 Marchal headlamps, a period battery, and an authentic washer bottle. Ottis’s superior workmanship is well-recognized and is evident in every nut and bolt of the finished product here. As the Loves had intended the previous cosmetic restorations to be “temporary,” they had carefully preserved a spot of original Giulietta Blue paint, to which the new finish was carefully matched by Charlie Potts in the course of coachwork restoration—a process aided by rare original Scaglietti paint samples possessed by Ottis. Period photos allowed the interior to be meticulously refinished to the original standard, including the black vinyl rear storage area, sized to accommodate two spare tires, and a passenger seat headrest, two of Mr. Peron’s many requests. Such was the sympathetic nature of the restoration that an etching in the door sills from the original construction was preserved. The painted Borrani wire wheels retain triple-ear knock-offs, which are seen in the earliest photos of the car. In sum, no stone was left unturned to ensure that the Ferrari would be presented exactly as it had appeared when Mr. Peron arrived at scrutineering for the 1958 Tour de France. The car was debuted at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, completing the Tour d’Elegance and being judged 3rd in Class amidst very strong competition. It has been only selectively driven since and exhibited only more at Pebble Beach, this time at Casa Ferrari as part of the concours celebrations in 2019.»

Chassis-Nummer: 1161GT

Motoren-Nummer: 1161GT

ausgeliefert: 11.03.1959

Original-Farbe: British Racing Green

Besonderes: 1 louvre

ausgeliefert an: Luigi Chinetti (New York, USA)

weitere Besitzer: Robert M. Grossman (1959, Nyack, USA, bei verschiedenen SCCA-Rennen eingesetzt); Peter Sherman (1962, Maitland, USA); John Delamater (1968, Indinapolis, USA); Ken Hutchinson (1969, Tower Lake, USA, bezahlte 4500 Dollar); William Jacobs (1986, Joliet, USA, später für 140’000 Dollar angeboten); Yoshijuki Hayashi (1986, Japan, bezahlte 180’000 Dollar, immer wieder zum Verkauf angeboten, zuletzt 1996 für 680’000 Dollar); Okamoto (1996, Japan); Ed Davies (1997, Hobe Sound, USA, gekauft für 600’000 Dollar); RM Sotheby’s, Monterey 2020, verkauft für 1’457’000 Dollar; James Patterson (2020, Louisville, USA); RM Sotheby’s, Monterey 2022, angeboten mit folgendem Text:«Raced in period by a respected luminary in American Ferrari circles, and the subject of a 2000s restoration by one of the niche’s leading names, this Tour de France is a particularly desirable example of the legendary 250 GT variant. According to the research of marque expert Marcel Massini, chassis number 1161 GT is the 26th example clothed in the single-vent coachwork style, and the 62nd example built overall. It is further distinguished by being the last TdF built in 1958. Copies of factory build sheets demonstrate the engine was completed in November 1958, and the chassis was subsequently dispatched to Carrozzeria Scaglietti for the sensational single-panel TdF coachwork, which was executed entirely in aluminum alloy. Finished in a lovely shade of dark green, the body was fitted with covered headlamps with chromed bezels, full front and rear bumpers, external hood-fastener claws, and unpainted triple-gill fender vents, while the interior was equipped with a rollbar and trimmed with tan leather. In March 1959 the 250 GT was delivered to Luigi Chinetti Motors, and soon thereafter the car was sold to the famed Bob Grossman, a New York-based privateer racer and dealer who is renowned for his role in helping popularize the 250 GT California Spider, among other racing endeavors. Grossman sold (or lent) the Tour de France to Walter Luftman of New York City and he raced it in several events, twice finishing 1st in the GT Class at Lime Rock, in July 1959 and October 1959. He also campaigned the Ferrari at Montgomery, New York, in August 1959, and finished 2nd at the Long Island Sports Car Association’s (LISCA) Interclub Championship event at Bridgehampton in September. In August 1960 Grossman took the wheel to compete in the LISCA’s Bridgehampton race, for which he applied an MG-logo octagon on the car’s side, in a nod to his role as part of the MG racing team (as pictured in the 1960 Ferrari Yearbook). Between 1959 and 1960 1161GT competed in a dozen races, winning six and always finishing in the top three in its class, an impressive accomplishment. Circa 1962 the Ferrari was sold to Peter Sherman of Maitland, Florida, and he later took the berlinetta with him when he relocated to Ashton, Maryland. In September 1969 Sherman sold the 250 GT to an Indianapolis-based dealer who quickly found a buyer in Ken Hutchison of Tower Lake, Illinois. Hutchison went on to keep 1161 GT for an impressive period of 17 years, during which the original green paint was kept intact. In June 1986 Hutchison sold the Ferrari to the respected Illinois-based collector Bill Jacobs. Two months later the 250 GT was acquired by Yoshiyuki Hayashi of Tokyo, Japan, and he commissioned a complete refurbishment by European Auto Restorations in Costa Mesa, California, that included an exterior refinish in rosso, and a new tan leather interior. In June 1995 the Tour de France was sold to Mr. Terada’s Art Sports of Osaka and Tokyo, and a year later the car was traded to fellow Tokyo resident Yoshikuni Okamoto in exchange for a 250 GT Short Wheelbase. Mr. Okamoto sold the Ferrari a year later to a California-based dealership, which in turn sold the car to noted collector Ed Davies in Florida. Mr. Davies had the engine rebuilt and went on to enjoy the berlinetta in several vintage events, racing it in the Shell Historic Ferrari Challenges held in conjunction with the 2000 and 2001 Cavallino Classic, and exhibiting it at the Cavallino Classic Concours d’Elegance in January 2000. In August 2000 he raced the TdF again at the Shell Historic Ferrari Challenge at Elkhart Lake, and four years later the car was campaigned at the Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca. In August 2005 Mr. Davies sold the Tour de France to the consignor, and he set about a high-quality restoration with the intention of exhibiting the car at major events. During 2005 the 250 GT was entrusted to the marque experts at Motion Products Inc. in Neenah, Wisconsin, for a comprehensive restoration that was capped with a new finish in rosso complemented with a central stripe in French blue. The interior was also re-trimmed with blue leather and fitted with a new rollbar. The Ferrari’s exhibition run began at the 2006 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and continued 10 months later with an appearance at the 2007 Cavallino Classic. The TdF was then re-submitted to Motion Products in January 2008 for some corrections, and following this work the car was again presented at the Cavallino Classic, this time winning an FCA Silver Award. In July 2010 the 250 GT was displayed at the Keeneland Concours d’Elegance, and the owner subsequently enjoyed it during a successful run on the 2013 Colorado Grand». Verkauft für 5’340’000 Dollar.

Chassis-Nummer: 1385GT

Motoren-Nummer: 1385GT (310D)

ausgeliefert: 02.05.1959

Original-Farbe: Rot/Schwarz

Besonderes: offene Scheinwerfer

erster Besitzer: Luigi Piotti, Mailand (Kennzeichen MI 424573)

weitere Besitzer: Peter Staehelin (60er Jahre, Basel, Schweiz); Alberto Pedretti (1975, Wide World of Cars, Spring Valley, USA); Peter J. Morgan (1975, San Francisco, USA); Walter Luftman (1976, Stamford, USA); John und William Gelles (1979, Chappaqua, USA); Peter Giddings (1980, San Francisco, USA); Gary Schoenwald (1981, New York, USA); Ernest Mendicki (1982, Monte Vista, USA – 1984 über Mike Sheehan verkauft); England (1994, für 370’000 Dollar gekauft); Philip Marcq (1996, London, England, bezahlte 452’500 Dollar, Kennzeichen KFO 474); Carlo Vögele (1997, Rapperswil, Schweiz; gekauft auf Auktion von Christie’s, Pebble Beach, für 465’000 Dollar, Kennzeichen SZ 903); Heinrich Kämpfer (1998, Seengen, Schweiz, Kennzeichen AG 3999; er bot das Fahrzeug 2001/2002 für 1,5 Millionen Franken an; 2005 Komplett-Restauration); Pierre Mellinger (2006, Schweiz, über Andreas Birner); RM Auctions, London 2008, zugeschlagen für umgerechnet 3’608’000 Dollar); könnte sich in Russland befinden.

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