BONHAMS IS TO AUCTION THIS SIGNIFICANT FERRARI Racer at their Monterey Quail Lodge Auction on Friday, August 18th.
Chassis no. 0899 GT is the third example of approximately 37 cars that featured a single-vent sail panel, and the 42nd example of 77 total Tour de France Berlinettas built. With period competition history from new, chassis no. 0899 GT is certainly one of the more significant TDFs to come to market.
This particular car illustrates the important work that factory restoration and archival services are performing. Ferrari Classiche, Ferrari’s Classic service and restoration sub-brand, began working on this car in 2012 to bring it back to exactly original specification, and it went on to become a multiple award winner at Concours events such as Concorso Italiano and Mar-a-Lago.
Significantly, the car was severely damaged in an accident in 1961, and reconstruction only began in 1990, after 0899 GT’s powerful experimental engine (internal no. 174 C) was sold to French shoemaker Charles Jourdan, who installed it into a second-series 250 GT Cabriolet. In 2012 Ferrari Classiche supplied a newly cast correct-specification type 128 C engine for the restoration, which was stamped and authenticated as 0899 GT.
According to factory build sheets on file, the chassis was dispatched to Scaglietti for alloy, covered headlight coachwork on February 22, 1958. After 0899 GT’s accident in 1961, the bodywork was separated from the chassis and was eventually used by François Chevallier, a sculptor who managed the Paul Ricard racing circuit, to complete a TdF replica using a 250 GT Coupe chassis. Unfortunately, he stamped this replica as 0899 GT and sold it into the market, resulting in two cars claiming to be the same chassis number.
In February 2014, the factory certified the Berlinetta with a Ferrari Classiche Red Book clarifying the repairs listed above, and asserting that the car retains its original matching-numbers chassis (including suspension and brakes), gearbox, and Borrani wire wheels. A metallurgy test was performed during the certification process confirming the age of 0899GTs chassis, and copies of the Ferrari’s original build sheets were retained. Additionally, assurance from the factory seeking that this car is, indeed, the only legitimate 0899 GT was sought, and a response from Ferrari’s Marco Arrighi came unequivocally stating, “Your car is certified by Ferrari and it means that no other car can be recognized as chassis number 0899 GT.”
The provenance of this Ferrari is now beyond reproach, and it has been restored to the absolute highest standards. It has also been mechanically sorted, this task being entrusted to Rod Drew and Francorchamps Ferrari Service in Costa Mesa, CA. Further work was performed by Rex Nguyen and Moto Technique to the highest possible standards.
0899 GT would be equally at home on fast-paced vintage car rallies such as the Colorado Grand, or the most prominent vintage racing events, such as the Goodwood meets, Cavallino, Monterey Historics or Monaco Grand Prix. Brought back to an exquisite state of condition, we look forward to seeing how 0899 GT performs in the marketplace.
Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction takes place on 18 Aug 2017, starting at 10:00 PDT.