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SLIDER: 1956 Ferrari 250 TdF Zagato

This Ferrari was awarded Best of Show at the 2022 Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance. It is one of just five Ferrari 250 GT long-wheelbase chassis cars designed by Zagato. This car, chassis 0515GT, was originally built for one of Ferrari’s best customers, Vladimiro Galluzzi. Galluzzi raced the car extensively during the 1956 season, before selling it to racing driver Luigi Taramazzo. It was eventually retired from racing at the end of 1958. The V12-powered lightweight model has an elegant coachbuilt body with Zagato’s trademark double-bubble roof.

The Ferrari 250 was a series of sports cars and grand tourers built by Ferrari from 1952 to 1964. All used a 3-litre V12 engine designed by Gioacchino Colombo. They were replaced by the 275 and 330 series cars.

The 250 GT Berlinetta “Tour de France” was so named after a “Long-Wheelbase Berlinetta competed in the 10-day Tour de France race. Seventy-seven Tour de France cars were built, of which a number were sold for GT races from 1956 to 1959. Most of the cars were bodied by Carrozzeria Scaglietti, based on a Pinin Farina design. Zagato only made five superlight cars to Ugo Zagato’s design. The car here is one of the five.

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