1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione TdF

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta  Competizione TdF
Tom Gidden © 2015, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta is one of the most influential and impressive automobiles ever produced. It is the most successful competition 250 GT Ferrari model, having garnered more victories than any other model, including the revered 250 GTO. With the 3.0-liter Colombo V12 engine fitted to Ferrari’s 2,600-millimeter wheelbase chassis, this car was the first of numerous highly desirable Ferraris including the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta and the 250 GTO.

With incredible alloy coachwork that was designed by Pininfarina and hand-built by Scaglietti, this was a car that was just as beautiful to look at as it was exciting to drive.

This particular TdF, chassis number 0897GT, is a classic 1958 version that has been fitted with a single louver between the rear and side windows and covered headlamps. Thirty-six such examples were produced, with this car being the fifth example built, and all were bodied in aluminum by Scaglietti and ready for competition.

The current owner has enjoyed the car for 17 years. During that time it has been regularly driven and enjoyed on rallies and historic racing events including the Mille Miglia, the Ferrari Maserati Historic Challenge and the Le Mans Classic.

The engine has recently received a full rebuild and is in excellent driving condition. Accompanying the sale are copies of the car’s build sheet as well as its Italian Estratto Cronologico and period photographs. Moreover, it is accompanied by its valid FIA and FIVA Passport.

The 250 GT TdF is renowned for its driving dynamics and road manners. It is highly valued as a competitive and successful GT car from one of Ferrari’s most successful eras of racing. As such, it is an ideal entrant for historic events around the globe. The acquisition of 0897GT would not only afford access to some of the world’s most prestigious driving events, but would also serve as a highlight of any significant collection.

Steve Ahlgrim

SCM Contributing Editor

Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.

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