€9 million Ferrari 250 GT TdF headlines RM’s Monaco sale
Number 15 of 17 ‘three-louvre’ Berlinetta Competizione ‘Tour de France’ models leads a bumper Ferrari entry for RM’s Monte Carlo sale
One of only 17 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione ‘Tour de France’ models ever made is to be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s in May.
The 15th ‘three-louvre’, covered-headlight version – chassis 0879 GT – won half of all the races it entered in period.
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Finished in January 1958, it was sold to German racing driver Wolfgang Seidel, who previously raced a factory-backed 250 TR. Across 22 races in Europe he scored 11 victories and a number of high-profile podiums.
Most notably, Seidel finished second at the Pau 3 Hours, second at the Belgian Grand Prix and won the Grand Handicap de Spa-Francorchamps. In 1959, he shared with two-time Formula 1 winner Wolfgang von Trips and finished third in class at the Grand Prix de Paris.
In 1973 the 250 GT TdF was sold to Ferrari Club Svezia founder Christer Mellin, who restored the car over the next two decades, aided by the Ferrari factory in Maranello. It was then sold again in 1997, and has remained with its owner ever since.
The fully matching TdF comes with Ferrari Classiche authentication and an extensive history. It carries a pre-sale estimate of €7 million to €9 million.
Augustin Sabatié-Garat, auction manager for RM Sotheby’s Europe, said: ‘We’re delighted to bring this extremely exciting TdF to our Monaco auction.
‘The car is a true motorsport icon, and it has a strong history of powering drivers to success at the most celebrated events in Europe. Not only is this “Tour de France” a piece of Ferrari history, it gives collectors the chance to own a very pure piece of motorsport heritage from a golden age of racing.’
Also featuring in the May 12 sale at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo is a 1971 Dino 246 GT formerly owned by ex-Ferrari F1 driver Rene Arnoux. Purchased before Arnoux joined the team, the car was then restored by the factory.
Last month, RM Sotheby’s announced the addition to the sale of a 1978 308 GTS – once owned by ex-Ferrari F1 driver Gilles Villeneuve – along with a 1992 Benetton B192 and 1999 Jordan 199.
Further lots include…
- A one-owner Ferrari 599 GTO with less than 4000km
- One of 74 ‘low-roof’ Ferrari 250 GT Coupés that is eligible for both the Mille Miglia and Tour Auto, valued at €1 million
- An ex-AF Corse Ferrari F430 GTC that raced in the Italian GT Championship and European Le Mans Series until 2011. It was also raced by Grey’s Anatomy actor Patrick Dempsey at Le Mans in 2009.
- One of only six Ferrari Sergios – a Pininfarina-coachbuilt version of the 458, valued up to €3 million
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