With this year's enduro at Le Mans in the books, when better to break the news of a past winner going up for grabs? The racer in question is a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France - class winner and third overall at the '59 24 Hours of Le Mans and winner of the 1000km of Nurburgring the same year.
The pristine example still sports its original race-winning red-and-orange livery bearing the number 11. Since 1959, it's only changed hands a few times, and has been held by the same owner for decades.
Following a showcase on the Del Monte Golf Course, its first public showing since the early '90s, chassis number 1321 will cross Mecum's auction block at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort & Spa on August 13-14 during the Pebble Beach concours weekend, which is already shaping up to be one for the books. Details are in the press release after the jump.
Mecum To Offer 1959 Ferrari 250 GT at Monterey Auction
Star Vehicle Took 1st Place in its Class at Le Mans in '59
Marengo, IL - June 4, 2010 --
A Le Mans-winning 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB TdF will headline the second annual Mecum Monterey Auction, August 13-14, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort & Spa.
Driven by Jean Blaton and Leon Dernier, the Ferrari 250 GT – serial number 1321 – won 1st place in its GT class and 3rd overall at Le Mans in '59 as the No. 11 car. Earlier that same year, it took 1st place at the 1000 km Nürburgring endurance race. After its race career, the Ferrari was privately owned by only a few collectors – the most recent owning the car since the 1970s – and this 250 GT was last seen in public in the early 1990s at Road America.
"We are excited to offer collectors a chance to bid on this world class Tour de France 1959 Ferrari, the type of car that offers quality, provenance and is fresh to market," said President Dana Mecum. "The list of amazing vehicles continues to grow for our upcoming Monterey Auction. We have expanded it to two full days as more than 400 investment-grade collector cars, exotic vehicles and ultra rare boats are scheduled to cross the block."
Mecum's Monterey Auction takes place at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort & Spa. Cars will be displayed outside on the beautiful Del Monte Golf Course, while the bidding arena will be staged in a 10,000-square-foot ballroom. The auction is open to the general public. For a complete list of vehicles, visit www.Mecum.com.
The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 23 years, now offering more than 5,000 collector cars per year. Consignment, bidder and event information is available online at www.Mecum.com or by calling 815.568.8888.
Mecum Monterey Auction
August 13-14, 2010
Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort & Spa
1 Old Golf Course Road
Monterey, CA 93940
Wednesday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 12 – 5 p.m.
Auction: Gates open Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m.
Auction begins Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m.