Boasting period racing use and a highly-awarded restoration, this fourth-series, covered headlight 250 GT Tour de France dazzles with its pristine presentation.
Chassis no. 0899 GT is the third example of approximately 37 cars that featured a single-vent sail panel, and the 42nd example of 77 total Tour de France Berlinettas built. According to factory build sheets on file, the chassis was dispatched to Scaglietti for alloy, covered headlight coachwork on February 22, 1958, while the motor, gearbox, and rear end were all completed on March 25th and 26th. Four days later the car was officially completed at the factory.
0899 GT is accompanied by a tool roll and owner’s manual, as well as an impressive collection of trophies, including the 2016 Concorso Italiano ‘Best Ferrari’ – ‘Best of Show’ trophy, the 2016 ArtCenter ‘Student Choice’ trophy, and the 2017 Mar-a-Lago ‘Excellence in Class’ trophy; yet the most impressive trophy is surely the 1959 ‘Coppa San Marino’ trophy from 0899 GT’s 1959 3rd place finish there. 0899 GT is documented with the Ferrari Classiche Red Book and a thick binder of vintage photos, former registration information, and owner’s correspondence. The restoration file is equally impressive, with an abundance of receipts from Ferrari Classiche, Francorchamps Ferrari Service, Rex Nguyen and Moto Technique.
This striking covered headlight, alloy bodied Tour de France would make a beautiful addition to any collection, particularly assemblages focused on vintage Maranello racing machines. 0899 GT would be equally at home on fast-paced vintage car rallies such as the Colorado Grand, or the most prominent vintage racing events, such as the Goodwood meets, Monterey Historics or Monaco Grand Prix. Brought back to an exquisite state of condition, 0899 GT is now ready to commence a chapter of renewed excellence in the hands of its next dedicated caretaker.
Report by bonhams.com