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FROM MOVIE SCREEN TO AUCTION STAGE, MAGNIFICENT FERRARI ‘TOUR DE FRANCE’ JOINS RM’S GLITTERING MONTEREY SALE

Monterey

• RM Auctions announces a rare and coveted 1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta Scaglietti ‘Tour de France’ as the latest feature attraction for its Monterey sale, August 17–18
• The first 14-Louver TdF built and one of just nine examples of its kind, 0585 GT is Ferrari Classiche certified and boasts a well-documented history, including a co-starring role in the 1966 Disney classic, The Love Bug
• Exclusive TdF joins previously announced Ferrari 410 S to lead an exceptional roster of more than a dozen examples from the Modenese Prancing Horse


BLENHEIM, Ontario (June 27, 2012) – RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, is delighted to announce the consignment of the stunning and exceptionally rare 1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta ‘Tour de France,’ chassis 0585 GT, to its highly anticipated Monterey sale, August 17–18 in California.

Specially handpicked by RM specialists for the August sale, the magnificent TdF joins an outstanding roster of more than a dozen milestone Ferraris poised for RM’s 2012 Monterey podium. The remarkable offering, which also includes the previously announced, multi-million-dollar Ferrari 410 S Berlinetta, further consolidates RM’s reputation as the global leader in the presentation of important and historic Ferraris at auction.

Following the enormously successful sale of the Ferrari 625 TRC for its West Coast owner at our Monaco auction last month, we are delighted to have been entrusted with another wonderful, California-based Ferrari for our Monterey sale—this time a coveted 250 GT Tour de France,” says Shelby Myers, Managing Director, RM California. “The Tour de France is one of Ferrari’s most celebrated models. The car on offer—a 14-louvre example—is particularly exciting, as it is among the rarest and most sought after of TdF’s and comes fresh to the market, offered for the first time in 14 years.”

Resplendent in its red with blue and white stripe exterior with stunning Scaglietti coachwork, the 1956 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta ‘Tour de France’, chassis 0585 GT, was the very first 14-louver Tour de France built of a total of nine units, making it one of the rarest of its kind. Elevating its importance in the collector world, 0585 GT has an exceptional provenance both on and off the track, having competed in some of the world’s most prestigious events, as well as enjoying a memorable Hollywood turn in the 1960s. Originally purchased new in 1956 by the Italian national and southern California building construction magnate, Tony Parravano, 0585 GT was immediately shipped to California, where it has spent the majority of its life. Following Parravano’s ownership, it eventually came into the possession of Walt Disney Studios, who used the car in a co-starring role in the 1966 Disney classic The Love Bug. The recipient of a comprehensive restoration by marque specialists in the late-1990s, in recent years, 0585 GT has been actively campaigned in a number of vintage rallies, including the Mille Miglia and the Shell Ferrari/Maserati Historic Challenge, as well as numerous entries in the Tour Auto. More recently, it was displayed at Car Classic: Freedom of Motoring, the 2010 exhibition held at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, as well as the 2011 Quail Motorsports Gathering in Carmel, California where it won “The Great Ferraris” class honoring some of the marque’s earliest and important sports and racing cars. (Estimate available upon request.)

Myers adds, “I recently had the privilege of driving 0585 GT at length and can say, without exaggeration, it performed flawlessly. It was a true pleasure to drive, especially in the higher revs when the exhaust note resonates with the sound that every Ferrari collector craves. Magnificently maintained by its current gentleman owner and exhibiting a very high-quality restoration, it certainly ticks all the boxes when it comes to collectability—–incredible rarity, elegant yet aggressive looks, Ferrari Classiche certification and an exceptional provenance, including a Hollywood role. What’s more, it is eligible for the world’s finest automotive events. I feel that Ferrari Tour de Frances, as a group, are undervalued in the current market. This being the ultimate example, is deserving of close inspection, and I expect it will comfortably rank among the top sales on the Monterey Peninsula this August.”

In addition to the handsome TdF and the exceptional 1955 Ferrari 410 S Berlinetta, chassis 0594 CM, other notable examples from the Modenese Prancing Horse on offer at this year’s RM Monterey sale include:

• a highly desirable 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, chassis 9523 (Est. $1,200,000–$1,600,000);
• a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 “Speciale”, chassis 09813, previously owned by celebrated television producer and Ferrari connoisseur, Greg Garrison (Est. $1,100,000–$1,600,000);
• a Ferrari Classiche certified 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB, chassis 06681 (Est. $950,000–$1,150,000);
• an iconic 1990 Ferrari F40 supercar, chassis ZFFMN34A2M0089441 (Est. $650,000–$725,000);
• a low-mileage 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet, chassis 1805 GT (Est. $600,000–$700,000);
• a perfectly restored 1974 Ferrari 246 Dino GTS “Chairs and Flares”, chassis 07908 (Est. $250,000–$325,000); and,
• a pair of 365 GTB/4 Daytonas from the 1972 and 1973 model years.

A tradition spanning over 25 years, RM’s highly anticipated Monterey, California sale, held during the same weekend as the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, returns to the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, August 17–18. In 2011, RM once again achieved the highest results of the Monterey week, generating more than $80 million in sales, the highest auction tally ever achieved on the Monterey Peninsula. The upcoming 2012 sale is set to continue the momentum, lifting the gavel on an exceptional roster of 120 blue-chip automobiles. For further information or to view a frequently updated list of entries, please visit rmauctions.com or contact an RM specialist at +1 519 352 4575.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more