In 1959 Ferrari unveiled a one-off 250 GT Tour de France specially designed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This car took first in its class and third place overall at Le Mans and won the 1000km Nurburgring race as well. Since then the car has only been owned by a few collectors. Unbelievably, this particular car will now be going up for auction by Mecum in Monterey, California. This auction will take place during the Pebble Beach concours weekend on August 13, 2010.
The 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France, serial number 1321, is painted in the original red and orange livery with original racing number. It was built on a 2600 mm wheelbase and powered by a 3-liter version of the Colombo ’short-block’ V12 engine that delivered 240 hp. This appearance will be its first in over twenty years since its outing in Road America in the early ’90s.