Zagato's Grand Plan

  • Photo by Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com; car courtesy David Sydorick
    The Zagato-bodied serial number 0515 displays the Milanese coachbuilder’s trademark double bubbles and an elegant, compact profile. Photo by Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com; car courtesy David Sydorick
  • Photo by Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com; car courtesy David Sydorick
    The Zagato-bodied serial number 0515 displays the Milanese coachbuilder’s trademark double bubbles and an elegant, compact profile. Photo by Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com; car courtesy David Sydorick
  • Photo by Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com; car courtesy David Sydorick
  • Photo by Scott Williamson/www.photodesignstudios.com; car courtesy David Sydorick
<< Back to Robb Report, November 2014

The FIA, auto racing’s governing body, introduced a new gran turismo class in 1956 largely in response to the horrific accident at the previous year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans—as many as 84 spectators were killed when an extremely light and powerful Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR crashed into the stands. Emphasizing greater safety, the new category was open to competition-tuned cars that were based on road-going production models. Ferrari’s 250 GT Berlinetta proved well suited to this new racing class. It became known as the “Tour de France” (or TdF) after an example won the 1956 edition of that endurance race—and then it won the next three installments. The model employed a long-wheelbase chassis and was powered by Ferrari’s Colombo-designed 2,953 cc V-12 engine, which was tuned to generate nearly 240 hp. 

Ferrari produced 82 examples of the TdF from 1956 to 1959. Scaglietti built the bodies for 77 of them, in four versions based on a Pininfarina design. The other five cars were bodied by Zagato. Each of those is constructed of lightweight aluminum and features a unique shape. The car shown here, serial number 0515, displays the Milanese coachbuilder’s trademark double bubbles and an elegant, compact profile. 

After having the TdF restored to its original specifications, including its color scheme, the current owner  displayed the car at the 2012 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, where it placed first in its class. 

 

From Around the Web...
The division’s projects include the frist example of the rarest Lamborghini Miura, the P400 SV…
Able to cover zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, the car will enter the fray at Formula E on October 9…
We put the new wagon and sedan through their paces on Mercedes-Benz’s home turf…
The model is Ferrari’s first four-seater to feature a V-8 engine…
These cars were game-changers and pioneers in the luxury segment…
Photo by Cordero Studios/corderostudios.com
In this video, the Beverly Hills car collector takes us inside his incredible vintage car...
From diamond detailing to hand-painted silk, these cars reveal the real mastery of the marque…
The performance package includes carbon-fiber components and an engine upgrade to 612 hp…
There is nothing mellow about these performance cars, for which a bold yellow paintjob is befitting…
The shapes of these cars are instantly recognizable and shining examples of automotive design…