Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

There are a number of iterations of Ferrari's 250 formula for the enthusiast to pore over. Regular readers will already be aware of SuckSqueezeBangBlow's soft spot for the 250 GT Lusso; another favourite is this, the 250 GT Berlinetta Tour de France. Named not for the bicycle event but the 10-day automobile race, this 250 is a very rare beast: between 1956-9 just 84 examples were hand-crafted by Scaglietti. (It was actually a Pinin Farina design, but their workshops were so full that they didn't have the resources to build them...) Those slinky hips and gilled wings hide a cornucopia of Ferrari contrasts, from the lightweight construction and 3.0-litre race-spec V12 to the sumptuously trimmed cabin, resplendent in quilted leather. The tubular chassis eschews traditional leaf springs for a racier coil spring/shock setup.
This 250 is marked out as a later Tour de France by its enclosed headlights, elongated nose and vents rather than slats in the wings. SSBB originally spotted it at the Chelsea Auto Legends press day back in June 2012, and it was a welcome revisit to stumble across it in the paddock at the Goodwood Revival this year. A thing of rare beauty, wouldn't you agree?

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