Ferrari 250 Berlinetta classic car is $3.6m 'most important' in London

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2015-06-26 12:37:41

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Ferrari 250 Berlinetta classic car is $3.6m 'most important' in London

This Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta has breathtaking looks, and could be Ferrari's greatest road/racing car

How's this for a striking automobile?

This 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB 'Tour de France' Berlinetta is billed as "one of the most desirable competition-bred Ferraris extant" by RM Auctions.

"The Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta not only has breathtaking looks, it remains arguably the greatest and most important Ferrari road/racing car ever built," read the lot notes.

Not surprisingly, this car emerged as the top lot at the firm's recent London sale on October 26, selling for an impressive 2.24m ($3,578,470)- comfortably above its 2m minimum estimate.

So what sort of qualities must a car have to estimated at 2m minimum?

This Ferrari boasts alloy coachwork and V-12 power and covered "single-louver" headlamps which featured on only 36 cars.

1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France Berlinetta1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France BerlinettaInside and out: the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB 'Tour de France' Berlinetta

The matching numbers 'Tour de France' Berlinetta was restored by marque specialists in Italy and later worked on by UK-based Ferrari specialists.

Bacchelli & Villa handled the coachwork, and the interior was entrusted to the respected Selleria Luppi.

Beneath the classic car's bonnet is a 2,953 cc SOHC alloy block-and-head V-12 engine capable of 250 bhp at 7,000 rpm.

According to RM's lot notes, the seller of this car - "himself a fastidious collector" who demanded "perfection of all of the cars within his collection" - acquired it in late 2005 and soon-after participated in the Mille Miglia.

Not surprisingly, this car has enjoyed a public profile having been tested and featured in Octane in January 2006, "marking a thoroughly enjoyable and particularly satisfying drive for the magazine's testers."

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