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Collectors Corner - Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta Tour de France "TdF"


Ferrari 250 GT LWB TdF Zagato Berlinetta s/n 0515GT

Ferrari 250 GT LWB TdF Zagato Berlinetta s/n 0515GT

Ferrari 250 GT LWB TdF Scaglietti Berlinetta s/n 0557GT

Ferrari 250 GT LWB TdF Scaglietti Berlinetta s/n 0557GT

Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta "TdF" s/n 0677GT

Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta "TdF" s/n 0677GT

Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta "TdF" s/n 0747GT

Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta "TdF" s/n 0747GT

Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta "TdF" s/n 0793GT

Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta "TdF" s/n 0793GT

Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta "TdF" s/n 0793GT

Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta "TdF" s/n 0793GT

Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta "TdF" s/n 0925GT

Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta "TdF" s/n 0925GT

Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta "TdF" s/n 0925GT

Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta "TdF" s/n 0925GT

Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta "TdF" s/n 0925GT

Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta "TdF" s/n 0925GT

Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta "TdF" s/n 0925GT

Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta "TdF" s/n 0925GT

 

There were 4 different types of 250 GT LWB's, the cars with no louvres, the 14 louvre cars, you may have seen none in the orginal Herbie movie, the onces with 3 louvres and the most advanced onces with 1 louvre. 

250 GT LWB Berlinetta - with no louvres

A small number of this cars was build, 6 carrying Zagato bodywork and 8 were bodied by Scaglietti, bringing it to a total of 14

The models carried the following serial numbers :

Scaglietti 0503GT, 0507GT, 0509GT, 0513GT, 0539GT, 0555GT, 0557GT, 0563GT, 0619GT
Zagato 0515GT, 0537GT, 0665GT, 0689GT, 1367GT

In 1956 September 23 (started on the 17th) the 250 GT LWB Berlinetta Scaglietti TdF s/n 0557GT with no louvres was the first Ferrari 250 GT to win the Tour de France it was driven by Marquis Alfonso de Portago and Ed Nelson. In the same race 250 GT LWB Berlinetta Scaglietti s/n 0563GT finished 8th with Jacques Peron on the steering wheel.

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250 GT LWB Berlinetta - with 14 louvres

250 GT LWB Berlinetta Scaglietti TdF s/n 0585GT was the co-star in the movie "The Love Bug", 0597GT was the prototype for the coming TdF models, which looked different to all other 14 louvres, Phil Hill and Wolfgang Seidel crashed 0607GT in the Tour de France, the GT class at the Nuerburgring GP in the same year, 0677GT won in 1957 the Tour de France with Wolfgang von Trips and Olivier Gendebien.

The serial numbers for the 9 cars

0585GT, 0597GT, 0607GT, 0629GT, 0647GT, 0677GT, 0683GT, 0703GT, 0707GT

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250 GT LWB Berlinetta - with 3 louvres

The serial numbers for the 17 cars

0723GT, 0731GT, 0733GT, 0747GT, 0749GT, 0753GT, 0763GT, 0767GT, 0771GT, 0773GT, 0781GT, 0787GT, 0793GT, 0805GT, 0879GT, 0881GT, 0893GT

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The Swedish GP was won by 0723GT, The Montlhery Spring race was won by 0731GT, Trintignant and Picard finished the Tour de France in 2nd position, Jean Lucas and  Malle followed with 0747GT, 0749GT won the Spa GP, in the 12h Sebring race Paul O'Shea and Bruce Kessler and David Cunningham placed 0773GT 1st in class. In Italy Giuliano Giovanardi won with 0793GT several hillclimbs, in Germany and Austria Wolfgang Seidel won with 0879GT many races in 1958 and 1959 and George Reed drove in the USA 0893GT from victory to victory.



250 GT LWB Berlinetta - with 1 louvres

The serial numbers for the 37 cars 

0895GT0897GT, 0899GT, 0901GT, 0903GT, 0905GT, 0907GT, 0909GT, 0911GT, 0925GT, 0931GT, 0933GT, 0967GT, 0969GT, 0971GT, 0973GT, 1031GT, 1033GT, 1035GT, 1037GT, 1039GT, 1113GT, 1127GT, 1139GT, 1141GT, 1143GT, 1161GT, 1309GT, 1321GT, 1333GT, 1335GT, 1353GT, 1357GT, 1385GT, 1389GT, 1399GT, 1401GT

Edoardo Gabardi - alias "Lualdi" won many races in Italy, in France Maurice Trintignant and Francois Picard finished 2nd in the Tour de France with 0901GT, Pietro Ferraro - alias "Montin" raced 0905GT in Italy, Walter Lambert won in 1959 and 1960 nearly every Swiss hillclimb in the GT class if not he finished 2nd. Luigi Tarramazo, driving for Scuderia S. Ambroeus many races in Italy including the Mille Miglia which was since 1958 a rallye and not a race any more finished 1st with 0911GT. The covered headlight "TdF" 0925GT spent most of his life in the Harrah Museum in Reno before it found its way in a European collection and is one of the most original onces in existence. Casimiro Toselli - alias "Miro" won many hillclimbs in Italy with 0933GT before it started a South American carrier with Fayen. Richie Ginther raced 0967GT in North America. Willy Mairesse and Berger drove 0969GT to a fantastic 2nd OA in the 1959 Tour de France. Roger Philippe Faure campaigned in France winning the Picardie Rally and Touquet Rally. The frenchman Bourillot and Andre Simon finished 1st in Monthlery in 1959 as well as 1960. The "TdF" was very famous with the french drivers Jaques Peron finished in 1958 the Tour de France in 4th position together with Harry Schell in 1031GT. 1033GT was another Tour de France winner which was later re-stamped 1523GT by the factory it was driven by Olivier Gendebien and well known race driver Bianchi. 1035GT and 1037GT are other "TdF's" which found their way to America being owned by Cuban Gomez-Mena and Julio Pola, VEN for driver Ettore Chimeri who raced 1037GT being painted in Venezualian racing colors. John Sturgis entered 1113GT in many American races and finished with Bob Bondurant the Road America 500 in Elkhart Lake 1st in the DM class. George Arents finished the Bridgehampton GT race 1st driving 1141GT. Another "TdF" with swiss history Jean-Pierre Schild won many hillclimbs with 1143GT. Bob Grossman raced 1161GT in North America with many 1st in Bridgehampton. The open headlight TdF was owned and campaigned by Italian race driver Vittorio De Micheli taking the laurel for many 2nd and 3rd OA's. 1321GT was driven by a well known Ferrari enthusiast, Garage Francorshamps customer Jean Blaton alias "Beurlys" finishing the crueling 1000km Nuerburgring race in 1st position in class as well as the 24h Le Mans. Italian Carlo Maria Abate - Scuderia Racing Club 19, added an impressive race carrier to 1333GT history with many highlights to long to name all, in 1959 Abate won with Co-pilot Gianni Balzarini the Mille Miglia Rally. Casimiro Toselli raced a 2nd TdF in Italian race, this one was an open headlight model  which achieved many top results. 1535GT was a coverhead light TdF raced by  Pietro Ferraro. Pierre Dumay from Algeria and  Edoardo Gabardi alias "Lualdi" raced in 1959 and 1960 contributing many podium finishes to 1357GT race history. Luigi Piotti raced 1385GT an open headlight TdF like 1389GT which was raced by Alfonso Thiele. Luigi Taramazzo  and swiss driver Spinedi raced  1401GT whith many good results.

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