Lot Number

2017 Ferrari 488 GTB 70th Anniversary

£290,000 - £340,000

RM | Sotheby's - LONDON 5 SEPTEMBER 2018

Chassis No.

Documents: German Fahrzeugbrief

  • ‘The Tour de France’, one of just five Ferraris built in this livery and the only 488 GTB
  • Virtually as new, having only accumulated delivery mileage
  • Never registered, ready for its first owner

Upon the occasion of Ferrari’s 70th anniversary, the marque decided that a proper way to celebrate would be to produce a limited run of cars finished in 70 different liveries all representing specific cars and models from the company’s past. Not only would this celebrate Ferrari’s rich history, but it would also serve to showcase the abilities of Ferrari’s Tailor Made department, utilising unique colour schemes and exclusive features. Each livery would be featured on only one of each of Ferrari’s five production models at the time: the 488 GTB, 488 Spider, California T, GTC/4 Lusso and the F12 Berlinetta.

This livery was inspired by the 1956 Tour de France-winning 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione that was piloted to victory by Alfonso de Portago (chassis no. 0557 GT), which can be argued was one of Ferrari’s most historically significant competition cars in the company’s history. Seeing the car’s importance to the marque, it should come as no surprise that Ferrari chose its Tour de France-winning livery to be reborn on a modern canvas for the company’s 70th anniversary.

Finished in Azzuro Dino, a bright blue similar to that Portago’s car wore, along with his Tour de France race number of 73, with contrasting Argento Nürburgring pinstriping on the hood and around the windows. The car boasts an interior finished in black Inchiostro leather, a richer, furniture-grade leather with a finer grain. The lower transmission tunnel features leather in diamond stitching, a trait seen on many 250 GT competition cars in period. Adding some colour to the interior, the tachometer surround and the shift paddles behind the steering wheel are painted to match the exterior. Furthermore, the car is accompanied by a set of fitted luggage unique to the car.

Delivered in January of 2018, this 488 GTB was originally delivered to France, from where it is offered today having never been registered for the road. With only accumulated delivery mileage since new, the car remains in as-new condition throughout. Honouring one of Ferrari’s most significant competition cars, ‘The Tour de France’ is a wonderfully executed livery that suits the lines of the 488 GTB beautifully. This would be an ideal Ferrari for the connoisseur appreciating Ferrari’s rich history and a car that is ready to be driven an enjoyed in showroom-fresh condition throughout.


Please note that contrary to the printed catalogue this lot will now be offered with German Fahrzeugbrief

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