Tour de France heads feast of Ferraris at RM Battersea

| 23 Sep 2011

RM has taken an exciting late consignment for its annual London extravaganza at Battersea on 26 October – a 1958 Ferrari 250GT Tour de France, expected to sell for more than £2million.

Chassis 1039 is a matching-numbers car and was delivered new to California in November 1958. It later moved to Switzerland, was restored in Italy six years ago and has been with the current owner since 2006.

Max Girardo, MD of RM Europe, said: "Truly rare, superbly presented and capable of performance that remains very impressive to this day, this 250GT Tour de France Berlinetta is steeped in Ferrari’s rich competition legacy.”

The long-wheelbase V12 TdF (estimate £2-2.4million) is one of 11 star Prancing Horses scheduled for the 100-lot sale, the others being led by the 1955 750 Monza Scaglietti Spider. With an estimate of £1.55-1.8million, the ex-Ernie McAfee Monza is Ferrari Classiche-certified and is unusual in being built without a headrest and faring.

Other Maranello vehicles likely to create a buzz among bidders are a 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast, chassis 6659 SF, one of only eight Superfasts built in right-hand drive (£580-650,000); a long-nose 1966 Ferrari 275GTB alloy Berlinetta (£640-700,000); a 1980 Ferrari Pinin Prototipo, chassis 99788, the only factory four-door Ferrari built (£480-550,000); and a 1964 Ferrari 250GT Lusso, chassis 5167 GT (£400-480,000).

Also set to cross the podium is a highly equipped, custom 2001 Iveco Domino HDH Orlandi Scuderia Ferrari F1 Driver’s Coach, used by the Scuderia Ferrari F1 team during the Schumacher/Barrichello years. It's reckoned to make £200-300,000, but is offered without reserve.

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