1956 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France to auction at Monterey

A 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione 'Tour de France' is to star in RM Sotheby's Monterey sale on August 13-15.

It's expected to make in excess of $11m.

Tour France Ferrari
The Ferrari was raced to victory in the 1956 Tour de France

The lot is among the most important competition Ferraris ever built, having achieved victory in the 1956 Tour de France while being driven by the legendary Marquis Alfonso de Portago.

Alain Squindo, vice-president at RM Sotheby's, comments: "The 'Tour de France' is the first significant model in Ferrari's successful 250 lineage - it predates the Testa Rossa, the SWB Berlinetta, the 250 GTO and the 250 LM, and, as such, represents an important milestone in the company's history.

"0557GT is part of a very exclusive group of Ferrari's most historically important individual cars, as famous designations like 'Mille Miglia,' 'Daytona,' and of course 'Tour de France' were earned by singular cars that reigned victorious at those races…

"Add to that the car's history with Fon de Portago, its exquisite presentation and freshness to market, and the scene is set for a very, very memorable Monterey auction."

Other lots in the sale include two Bugatti Veyrons and a Lamborghini S Concept.

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