Historic 250 GT Offered at RM Auctions London
This 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione, s/n 0563 GT, is the eighth of nine 1956 250 GT Berlinetta Comps, with an outstanding period racing history, matching-numbers and certified by Ferrari Classiche, original user manual, spare parts catalogue, and comprehensive history file included.
Following factory completion, it was sold new to Racing Sport of Torino, Italy and then immediately leased to Jacques Peron, of Nice, France. It was registered on Torino plates and it began its racing career just three days later, at the event that would grant this car its namesake.
This TDF entered the fifth annual Tour de France Automobile and was driven by Peron and co-driver Jacques Bertrammier. Peron and Bertrammier would finish 8th overall and was the second TDF behind de Portago and Nelson. Peron would enter his TDF in one more race that year, the Coupes du Salon in Montlhéry, where he finished 2nd overall.
In 1957 Peron won the Rallye des Forêts in March, and in April, Peron took 1st again, at the U.S.A. Cup at Montlhéry, which was followed by 2nd overall and 2nd in class in the Rallye du Printemps. Peron and s/n 0563 GT returned to Montlhéry in June for the Grand Prix of Paris, where he won his class once more. The car then entered the Rallye de l’Allier, where it continued its dominance with another 1st place finish. Following some mechanical issues that lead to a DNF at the 12 Hours of Reims in July, the car finished 1st at the Razal race in August.
The 1957 Tour de France would prove even more successful for s/n 0563 GT than its first outing at the same event. Peron and his co-driver Georged Burggraff finished 5th overall behind a trio of TDFs. The Coupe du Salon at Montlhéry was followed by Peron’s last event of the year, the Armagnac Rallye, in which he finished 3rd.
1958 saw a more limited season for the car, and later in the year, Peron returned 0563 GT to the Ferrari factory in Modena, marking the end of its professional racing career.
The car would remain there for over a year before being exported to the United States. It had a succession of USA owners and was finally bought by Richard Gent, who had it fully restored by Bob Smith Coachworks in Texas, who brought the car back to the livery which it wore at the 1957 Tour de France. Gent did not show the car again until January 2001, when it attracted great interest at the 10th Annual Palm Beach Cavallino Classic. Later that year, the car won the Forza Award at the 37th Annual Ferrari Club of American National Meeting and Concours in Dallas. Chassis 0563 GT made its way to California in August 2003 for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where it placed Second in Class, which was no small achievement in a highly competitive class that year.
0563 GT was purchased by its current owner in 2009, and he would campaign the car in historic racing and continue to display it at several Concours events. The car, now boasting Ferrari Classiche certification, was driven in the Shell Ferrari Maserati Historic Challenge in 2010, which was followed by winning the Spirit Cup, as well as a Platinum Award, at the 19th Palm Beach Cavallino Classic the next day. The car would return to the Cavallino Classic the following year and once more for the historic races associated with that event in 2012, where it placed 3rd.
That same year, the car was accepted to the Mille Miglia and was driven with gusto around its native Italy whilst wearing #371. It would compete once more in the same event in 2013, again without fault. The owner wrote of his experiences in driving s/n 0563 GT in the Mille Miglia Historic in Cavallino 196.
Finally, 0563GT was entered into the Tour de France rally this year and also took part in the small and very exclusive Le 250 Tornano a Casa rally.
It will be offered at the RM Auction Battersea Evolution sale, September 8, at Chelsea Bridge Entrance, Battersea Park, London.
Source: Info from RM Auctions. Images from James Mann. See Cavallino 196.