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Ferrari 2)0 Gt Tour De France - 1955-1959
Sports cars of the late fifties were conceived against a backdrop of terrible tragedy: An accident at the 24 hours of le mans in 1955 left one driver and 79 spectators dead. By then, racing had progressed so far that the competing automobiles were virtually two-passenger grand prix machines. But now there was a clamor to return to the classic type of racing
Top speed of 155 mph
engine typedrivetrain: Single-overhead-cam columbo 60-degree vi2
displacement 180 cu. In. (2.9 l)
power rating 230 to 260 hp
(depending on year)
transmission 4-speed synchromesh
chassis: Welded tubular steel ladder-type frame; Independent front suspension by unequal-length a-arms and coil springs, rear suspension by live axle with semielliptic springs located by parallel trailing arms; Aluminum drum brakes with iron liners; 2,200 lbs.
A big production
new grand touring classes resulted from the demands, and ferrari, backed by the talents of designer pinin farina, was ready to build them. Because the engines and chassis of the 250 gt tour de france were essentially the same as those of production road cars, the models in this series could be driven in town as easily as any contemporary car, and yet were also tough racing competitors.
it aint heavy
the bodies of the berlinettas were constructed with aluminum, making them much lighter than their steel competitors. While the mechanical components were almost interchangeable with other 250 gts, and the interiors were stark, the handmade body parts and smooth panel fittings
were distinctive. The chassis exhibited typical pinin farina flair, with a sculptural character made even more striking by its practicality.
The 250 gt tour de france was driven to a third place overall victor] by oliver gendebien in the 1957mille
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