A rare 1957 Ferrari 250 GT 'Tour de France' originally owned and raced by a German driving ace is the star of the group
A number of impressive Ferraris have been consigned for RM Sotheby’s auction in Monaco scheduled for May 14, led off by a fully matching 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione “Tour de France” in rare configuration and with a known racing history.
With an estimated value of €7 million to €9 million ($8.66 million to $11.13 million), the Ferrari 250 GT TdF (chassis 0879 GT) was originally owned and raced by German driver Wolfgang Seidel, of Dusseldorf, who competed with it in 22 European events, winning 11 of them along with other podium finishes.
The car is one of only 17 “three-louver” covered-headlight versions of the model, never damaged during its racing career and extensively restored by marque specialists while in the possession of just two enthusiast owners during the past 45 years, according to an RM Sotheby’s news release.
“We’re delighted to bring this extremely exciting TdF to our Monaco auction,” Augustin Sabatié-Garat, auction manager for RM Sotheby’s Europe, was quoted in the release. “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.”
Notably, this car “is one of few surviving 1950s Ferrari race cars that remains fully matching throughout, as authenticated by its recent Ferrari Classiche certification,” according to the release.
Some of the other special Ferraris that will cross the block during the Monaco sale at the Grimaldi Forum include:
• A 1957 Ferrari 250 GT coupe, one of 74 “low roof” coupes bodied by Boano, offered fully restored from long-term European ownership history and equipped with its original engine.
• A 1962 Ferrari 250 GT cabriolet Series II, an open-top classic with its original Columbo V12 engine and gearbox, restored and with Classiche certification.
• A 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB, one of 88 long-nose, steel-body, triple-carburetor examples, equipped with a torque-tube driveshaft and built to European specifications, said to be exceptionally restored.
• A factory-restored 1971 Dino 246 GT by Scaglietti, once owned by ex-Ferrari F1 team driver René Arnoux, who had it restored while racing for the Scuderia.
• A 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS, an ‘E-series’ Dino presented in highly original condition throughout with Classiche certification.
• A 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS once owned by ex-F1 and Scuderia team driver Gilles Villeneuve.
• A 2006 Ferrari F430 GTC (chassis 2446) that was extensively campaigned by Italian racing team AF Corse in the Italian GT Championship and European Le Mans Series from 2006 to 2011. The car was entered by both AF Corse and Team Seattle in the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans with Team Seattle founder Don Kitch Jr., Joe Foster and Grey’s Anatomy actor and racing driver Patrick Dempsey.
• A 2011 599 GTO, the final Ferrari to wear the GTO badge, which was “tailor-made” to the specifications of the original owner to include a number of unique features, including its body color of Nero Stellato, or black with gold sparkles.
• A 2015 Ferrari Sergio, one of just six examples built, this is the 2015 Geneva Motor Show car and represents the first Sergio offered at public auction. Estimated value: €2.5 million to €3 million ($3 million to $3.7 million).
For more information about RM Sotheby’s Monaco sale, which coincides with the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, visit the auction website.