One of the most glorious cars ever made and a mighty champion at that, a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France is on sale.
Stunning as it is in pristine condition with its original red and orange livery with original racing number, that only conveys the racing heritage behind this particular 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France. In the same year as its construction, chassis number 1321 took first in its class and third place overall at Le Mans and won the 1000km Nurburgring race as well.
It has changed hands a few times only and has been maintained really well. It will now be auctioned by Mecum at Monterey, California. The auction will take place during the Pebble Beach concourse week, after it makes its first public appearance in almost 20 years.
Mecum To Offer 1959 Ferrari 250 GT at Monterey Auction
Star Vehicle Took 1st Place in its Class at Le Mans in '59
Marengo, IL - June 4, 2010 --
A Le Mans-winning 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB TdF will headline the second annual Mecum Monterey Auction, August 13-14, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort & Spa.
Driven by Jean Blaton and Leon Dernier, the Ferrari 250 GT – serial number 1321 – won 1st place in its GT class and 3rd overall at Le Mans in '59 as the No. 11 car. Earlier that same year, it took 1st place at the 1000 km Nürburgring endurance race. After its race career, the Ferrari was privately owned by only a few collectors – the most recent owning the car since the 1970s – and this 250 GT was last seen in public in the early 1990s at Road America.
"We are excited to offer collectors a chance to bid on this world class Tour de France 1959 Ferrari, the type of car that offers quality, provenance and is fresh to market," said President Dana Mecum. "The list of amazing vehicles continues to grow for our upcoming Monterey Auction. We have expanded it to two full days as more than 400 investment-grade collector cars, exotic vehicles and ultra rare boats are scheduled to cross the block."
Mecum's Monterey Auction takes place at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort & Spa. Cars will be displayed outside on the beautiful Del Monte Golf Course, while the bidding arena will be staged in a 10,000-square-foot ballroom. The auction is open to the general public. For a complete list of vehicles, visit www.Mecum.com.
The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 23 years, now offering more than 5,000 collector cars per year. Consignment, bidder and event information is available online at www.Mecum.com or by calling 815.568.8888.
Mecum Monterey Auction
August 13-14, 2010
Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort & Spa
1 Old Golf Course Road
Monterey, CA 93940
Wednesday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 12 – 5 p.m.
Auction: Gates open Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m.
Auction begins Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m.