Ferrari decided in 1956 to produce the Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta competizione, long wheel base, following the victory of the Mercedes 300 SL at the Italian Sports Car Championship 1955, in order to have a GT suitable to compete in this category. The Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta LWB in light alloy is the result of collaboration between designer Pinin Farina and bodybuilder Scaglietti. Lightweight in design thanks to aluminium, it will be equipped with the chassis of the 250 GT Boano and Ellena to produce a hundred copies and thus obtain approval in GT category. If the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta long chassis is called 250 GT Tour de France, it is following its many victories in this event from 1957 to 1959, but this naming is not official. It will also have other very beautiful successes in race, in particular the Mille Miglia.
While the road coupe had perfect luxury finishes, the 84 Ferrari 250 GT TDF Berlinetta racing cars had a more minimalist design, looking for weight savings with plexiglass replacing the glass side windows, a bare and reduced interior, and even a hingeless hood. Still powered by the mythical 3-litre V12 Colombo and its 3 Weber carburettors of the 250 Testa Rossa, the 250 GT Berlinetta LWB can reach from 244 to nearly 250 km/h depending on its 240 to 260 horsepower versions. The 250 GT TDF Berlinetta uses a 2600 mm long wheelbase chassis that is upgraded with coil springs at the front, with drum brakes remaining. 5 slightly different models were produced between 1956 and 1959.
1956 Series 1: Original model with soft, rounded rear wings, curved rear window and no quarter panels.
1956-57 Series 2: The car is lowered, the rear wings redesigned. They come out from the stern, with a slightly sharper profile. Delivered in November 1956, the 57 models are distinguished by their elongated rear wings and modified rear panels with numerous gills.
1957 Series 3: This new body appeared in the spring of 1957, with profiled headlights, protruding wings and three-gut quarter panels.
1958 Series 4: Few modifications except the air outlet with a slot on the rear panel.
1959 Series 5: Adoption of straight headlights, without fairing, in accordance with the legislation of the time.
The superb Ferrari 250 GT TDF Berlinetta Competizione aluminium that we present for sale had only few owners. It has a clear history, has been fully restored in accordance with Ferrari compliance rules and is matching numbers.
Really good condition