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Exceptional Platinum Award-Winning Restoration by Motion Products Inc. | Ferrari Classiche CertifiedSture Nottorp, Göteborg, Sweden (acquired new via Tore Bjurström in 1958)Kjell Lundberg, Göteborg, Sweden (acquired from the above in 1960)Sven Andersson, Göteborg, Sweden (acquired from the above circa 1964)P.G. Fagerberg, Hjo, Sweden (acquired from the above circa 1966)Robert Boström, Sweden (acquired from the above circa 1968)Lars Sääf, Sweden (acquired from the above in 1972)Jean Guikas, Marseille, France (acquired from the above in 2006)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2010)
12 Hours of Reims, France, 1958, Nottorp/Andersson, No. 70 (DNF)
Tour Auto, 2010Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, 2012 (Second in Class)Cavallino Classic, Palm Beach, Florida, 2013 (Platinum Award)Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, 2013 (First in Class)Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, 2013 (Speed and Style Award)Ferrari Club of America National Meet, Wisconsin, 2013 (Best Race Car)
In 1956, Ferrari responded to the FIA’s new GT Class championship by creating a dual-purpose road-racing model based on the 250 GT. With lightweight aluminum coachwork by Carrozzeria Scaglietti and a competition-tuned three-liter V-12, the resulting 250 GT Berlinetta was a potent force in sports car racing through the late 1950s.
The new Ferrari was particularly dominant in the grueling, multi-stage Tour de France, which it won four consecutive years beginning in 1956. Appropriately nicknamed the Tour de France (TdF), approximately 78 examples of these 250 GT berlinettas were built in four distinct body styles – nolouver, 14-louver, three-louver, and single-louver – with corresponding mechanical updates designed to improve performance and durability.
Over the last six decades, the Tour de France has become one of the most sought-after and collectible of all the classic Ferraris. Marrying advanced engineering with magnificent aesthetics, the TdF achieved a fantastic racing record and left an enduring influence, paving the way for future competition berlinettas such as the 250 GT SWB, 250 GTO, and 275 GTB/C.
The Tour de France presented here, chassis 0903 GT, is the fourth example built in the attractive single-louver style and one of even fewer fashioned with the elegant covered-headlight treatment so desired by collectors. Constructed in spring 1958, this TdF was equipped with a competition-prepared tipo 128C engine and an 8 x 34 final drive ratio, while its lightweight alloy bodywork was finished in a dynamic color scheme – red with a dark blue central stripe.
Completed that April, 0903 GT was shipped to Tore Bjurström, the official Ferrari distributor in Örebro, Sweden, making it the sole Tour de France delivered to that country. Upon its arrival, the Ferrari was sold to its first private owner, Sture Nottorp, one of Sweden’s preeminent racing drivers.
Throughout his career, Nottorp raced a remarkable variety of cars – from a Frazer Nash to a Saab 93. He is best known, however, for his association with the Ferrari marque. This began with his purchase of a 410 Sport, which he campaigned in the 1956 Swedish Grand Prix, and continued into the 1960s with his order of an alloy-bodied 275 GTB.
Soon after taking delivery of 0903 GT, Nottorp entered the car in the 12 Hours of Reims. For this race, a prelude to the French Grand Prix held in July 1958, Nottorp persuaded Ivar Andersson to serve as his co-driver, and together they competed against several privately entered TdFs. Despite a valiant effort, their Tour de France, wearing race no. 70, failed to finish due to mechanical troubles.
Some time after his outing at Reims, Nottorp returned the Ferrari to Bjurström, who, in 1960, sold the car to Kjell Lundberg. He planned to enter the TdF in a driving school at the Nürburgring circuit in Germany, but struggled with tuning the exotic 12-cylinder engine. This prompted him to sell the Ferrari, in 1964, to car dealer Sven Andersson. Early on in his ownership, Andersson lost control of the Ferrari, which resulted in his putting the car on its roof. After the bodywork was repaired, Andersson sold the TdF, around 1966, to P.G. Fagerberg who, in turn, sold it to Robert Boström a few years later. In 1972, Mr. Boström, who had become frustrated by an ongoing water pump repair, sold the Ferrari to Lars Sääf, a Saab-Scania engineer.
Intending to perform a complete restoration, Mr. Sääf disassembled the Ferrari and packed the parts into cardboard boxes, meticulously labeling each one with its prized contents. In 1973, he reportedly drove to the Ferrari factory on a mission to acquire any available NOS components and any other odds and ends that might be necessary for the restoration. Despite his significant efforts, family and career priorities forced Mr. Sääf to put the project on hold indefinitely. For the next three decades, 0903 GT lay dormant in his garage, its whereabouts virtually unknown.
That all changed in 2006, when French car enthusiast Jean Guikas learned about the existence of 0903 GT and planned a trip to visit Mr. Sääf. In the Swedish garage, he discovered a marvelous sight: the TdF’s bare aluminum body and primer-coated chassis, surrounded by a treasure trove of original parts.
In fall 2006, after a deal was made, all of the parts were catalogued, collected, and shipped to France, where Mr. Guikas had the car restored to its original, as-delivered appearance. To celebrate the car’s return to the road following 30-plus years of storage, Mr. Guikas entered the car in the 2010 Tour Auto, the modern-day running of the famed Tour de France.
In the fall of that year, 0903 GT was sold to the current owner – a highly respected Southern California collector with a passion for 12-cylinder Ferraris. Although the Ferrari had already been restored in France, the new owner saw an opportunity to return this most deserving car to its original splendor. He entrusted the project to Wayne Obry’s Motion Products Inc. (MPI) in Neenah, Wisconsin, a firm widely regarded as the leading Ferrari specialist in the US.
Having previously collaborated with Obry’s team on the restoration of four other significant 1950s Ferraris, the consignor was confident that the results of this endeavor would be in keeping with his exceptionally high standards. MPI then embarked on a complete restoration, conducted in a no-expense-spared manner, with the goal of presenting the TdF at the highest levels of judged competition. This work included stripping the bodywork to bare metal, assessing and rebuilding mechanical components, and reassembling the car with exacting attention to detail.
The Scaglietti coachwork was tastefully finished in a period-correct paint scheme – silver gray accented by a vivid red stripe. Inside, the interior was trimmed in handsome gray leather with matching carpets, and the wrinklefinish dashboard was carefully restored, complete with its unique Heuer stopwatch and clock as originally supplied for rally use. The engine was rebuilt and then tested and tuned on the dyno, with impressive results. Obry reported to the consignor that 0903 GT was among the quickest of the many TdFs he had restored and driven, with surprising acceleration in every gear.
After its two-year, nut-and-bolt restoration, 0903 GT made a splash at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® in August 2012, earning Second in Class in the Ferrari Competition category. The next year, the TdF was invited to take part in several prestigious shows, and its stunning presentation continued to garner accolades. In an impressive winning streak, the Ferrari received a Platinum Award at the Cavallino Classic, First in Class at Amelia Island, the Speed and Style Award at Villa d’Este, and Best Race Car at the FCA National Meet. Also in 2013, 0903 GT graced the cover of Cavallino magazine (issue no. 196), which included a feature article, “The Swedish Tour de France,” written by historian Alan Boe.
Beyond its successes on the concours lawn, 0903 GT has been granted a FIVA Passport (with the desirable A/3 classification) and was certified by the Ferrari Classiche Department. The Ferrari Classiche Red Book, issued in March 2017, attests that this Tour de France is an authentic example, noting that it retains its original chassis, bodywork, engine (internal no. 0194C), gearbox (internal no. 78CC), rear end (internal no. 216 GTC), and other major components.
The quality presentation of 0903 GT is further supported by a documentation file that includes copies of the factory build sheets, magazine articles, research notes, and restoration records from Motion Products Inc., totaling over $675,000. Also included is a report compiled by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, as well as a proper cold air box and velocity stacks in show condition, should its new owner wish to fit these desirable competition features.
Today, 0903 GT is one of the most outstanding examples to be found of the single-louver Tour de France – the ultimate evolution of this important 250 GT model. Not only does this particular car possess a rich, welldocumented history, it took part in the famed 12 Hours of Reims, one of the great endurance races of the era, and has a complete, unbroken provenance with a limited roster of owners. In the hands of the current caretaker, this car has been treated to a brilliant restoration, conducted by one of the top experts in the field, that has earned some of the most meaningful awards on the concours circuit. Most significantly, this Tour de France is a genuine example, certified by Ferrari Classiche as retaining its original chassis, driveline, and aluminum bodywork. Thanks to these many important qualities, this TdF is held in high regard by knowledgeable Ferrari specialists, including Alan Boe who, in his aforementioned article, concluded: “If design is doing the ordinary extraordinarily well, then the dual-purpose road and racing berlinettas that Ferrari, Pinin Farina, and Scaglietti combined to produce, beginning with the TdFs, certainly fit the definition. And among those beautiful TdFs, today s/n 0903 GT has emerged to stand side by side with the best of them after its long hibernation.”
Gooding & Company is proud to present this exceptional Tour de France, and recommends it to any collector looking to experience one of the all-time great competition Ferraris.