1957 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta Scaglietti 'Tour de France'
Monterey Jet Center Auction | Estimate $6,000,000 - $7,000,000
When a sports car dominated a race and its class so convincingly throughout its early model years, it only seemed logical for that car model to assume the race circuit name in victory. It was on account of that outright dominance that led to the christening of the svelte 250 GT LWB Berlinetta, the 'Tour de France' – a name based on the string of victories assembled between a small group of drivers who piloted their respective TdF Ferraris to victory from 1956 through 1959.
Designed by Pinin Farina, built by Scaglietti, the all-aluminum competition Berlinetta was a simple yet stunning design. It featured a long hood accentuated by covered headlights. The design was a work of art, it was deceptively quick, perfectly balanced, and offered an abundance of performance.
Perhaps most impressive is the list of caretakers of 0619 GT, beginning with its first owner, Pierre Noblet, who had competently piloted his TdF in over 10 different circuit races and hill climbs through 1960. Noblet scored an impressive list of podium finishes in period including third and fourth place finishes at Spa, Reims, and Monza. Subsequent European owners damaged the car in street incidences (See Pourret, The Ferrari Legend). In 1975, the TdF was found and rescued from obscurity by noted N.A.R.T. race team mechanic, Ferrari guru and gentleman driver, Mr. Wayne Sparling.
As the primary mechanic for Luigi Chinetti's North America Race Team, Sparling knew the ins and outs of just about every single 12-cylinder Ferrari there is and when time permitted, he set out to return his TdF to its former glory. He achieved that goal in the early 2000s and subsequently began not only showing the TdF at events such as the FCA Nationals and Cavallino Classic but also extensively driving the Ferrari on events around the country. After several years thoroughly enjoying the Ferrari, in 2018 the TdF was acquired by the current owner, who reunited the car with its original body and commissioned comprehensive sympathetic repairs in Italy by GPS Classic in conjunction with Quality Cars. The car was subsequently submitted to Ferrari Classiche for Factory Certification which it received in April 2021. In addition to its exceptional Best in Show at Cavallino, 0619 also claimed another Platinum Award as well as the special Elegance in Motion Award at the Pebble Beach Concours. Concluding its 2021 concours entries, a third Platinum Award was received at the 2021 Ferrari Club of America Annual Meeting in Sebring.