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Explore the Classic 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta ‘Tour de France’

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The Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Tour de France, known for its history as a predecessor of the 250 GT SWB and the 250 GTO, remains highly sought after and valued among collectors. Even today, rare competition versions of the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Tour de France with well-documented provenance and exciting historic contexts are in great demand.

These cars are appreciated for their stunning Scaglietti coachwork, exceptional performance, mechanical excellence, and iconic presence during the significant years of motorsport racing.

The 250 GT Tour de France is widely regarded as a top contender for various prestigious vintage events such as the Colorado Grand, California Mile, and the Mille Storico (Mille Miglia) in Italy. Approximately 90 of the 250 GT Tour de France models were thought to have been produced by Ferrari between 1956 and 1959.

During a span of four years, Ferrari dominated the Tour de France event, securing victory for four consecutive years, with legendary driver Oliver Gendebien winning three of those races. Gendebien also drove the Ferrari 250 TdF to a top podium finish in the GT class and claimed third place overall at the final Mille Miglia, now known as Mille Storico.

Despite their impressive performances at the Tour de France race, Ferrari did not receive the “Tour de France” designation until well after their multiple wins at the event. It was during this period that Ferrari solidified its reputation, amassing victory after victory at race tracks around the world. The 250 GT Tour de France consistently demonstrated Ferrari’s standing as a European racing powerhouse and a formidable player in sports car development.

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