Italian Flag Ferrari 250 GT Competition TDF ~ 1956-59

Ferrari 250 GT TDF Tour de FranceAfter introducing their first “Ferrari to the masses”, the 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano/Ellena, Ferrari also offered alongside it a GT racer for privateers and racing teams wanting a little fun on the racing circuits. This car was the 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competition.

The 250 GT Competition was so successful during the “Tour de France” race between 1956 and 1962, that it got unofficially renamed the 250 GTTDF” after the French race. Ferrari won a total of seven times during this grueling 10 day event with the 250 TDF, and twice later on with the 250 GTO before the race got canceled.Ferrari 250 GT TDF Tour de France

Almost all 250 TDFs bodies were hand-built by master coachbuilder Sergio Scaglietti in Modena with aluminium panels after Pinin Farina’s design, but a small batch have also been built by Zagato with its dual bubble roof trademark.

The interiors varied depending on request and body style, but the usual three branche Nardi wooden steering wheel, and large Veglia dials placed on a body color coded metal dashboard were traditional. Facing the dashboard were two deep bucket seats, which were the only creature comforts in this race purpose built sports car.

Ferrari 250 GT TDF Tour de FranceThe tubular ladder frame chassis used was the 2600 mm (102.4 in) wheelbase unit, and it was fitted with the 3 liter (180 cu in), V12 Colombo engine developing between 240 and 260 hp at 7000 rpm depending on the specification. It was then matted to an all synchronized four speed gearbox. Performance varied from one TDF to the next but an average 6.5 seconds to get to 60 mph from a standstill was possible, while a 155 mph (250 km/h) top speed was achievable with the most aerodynamic TDF’s design.

Six main series were produced with the first cars resembling the 375 MM and 250 Europa series with their aggressive front-end, and wrap around rear window.Ferrari 250 GT TDF Tour de France

The second series dubbed the “14 louver”, had covered headlights with 14 louvered air-vents on the rear pillars, and small rear fender fins with vertical taillights and quad-exhaust pipes.

The third series arrived in 1957 and was basically a second series with now 3 large louvers instead of 14.

Ferrari 250 GT TDF Tour de FranceThe fourth series arrived in 1958 and reduced the number of louvers to one.

The fifth series cars for 1959 had exposed headlights due to a new Italian regulation, but foremost the 2400 mm (94.5 in) short wheelbase chassis was used instead of the 2600 mm (102.4 in) unit making the last Ferrari 250 TDF more nimble on the small and curvy European roads.

The sixth series was a little different in the sense that it was a precursor to the 250 GT SWB. It was offered on a 2600 mm (102.4 in) wheelbase chassis, and received the 250 TDF engine, but it featured all the good looks of a 250 SWB… not that any TDFs are ugly, au contraire mon frere. Having a chassis 20 cm (8 in) longer, the sixth series TDF had a rear quarter window not seen on any SWB cars that would follow and is sometimes referred to as a 250 GT LWB Interim.

Ferrari 250 GT TDF Tour de FranceEighty-four Ferrari 250 GT Competition TDFs were produced between 1956 and 1959, all of them more or less unique to one another, with beautiful elongated lines and most of them with very elegant covered headlights, small rear fins, rear pillar louvers and side front fender air vents. This artwork made Scaglietti one of the most refined and harmonious coachbuilders of its time. The Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France was the beginning of a long and successful series of Ferrari 250 GTs fitted with the 3 liter V12 Colombo engine that would reign over racetracks for a decade, and helped create the Ferrari mystique that we know today.


Ferrari 250 GT TDF
Model/Year Ferrari 250 GT TDF / 1956-59
Designer Pinin Farina / Zagato
Engine Type All alloy V12 @ 60˚, SOHC. 2V
Capacity 2953 cc / 180 cu in
Fuel Feed 3 Weber 36 DCL carb.
Power 240-260 hp @ 7000 rpm
Torque 195 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm
Transmission 4-5 speed - RWD
Top Speed 155 mph - 250 km/h
"0-60" mph - 0-100 km/h 6,5 sec
Chassis Oval Steel Tubular
Weelbase 2600 mm / 102.4 in
Front Suspension 2 Wishbones, Coil Springs, Houdaille dampers. Anti-roll Bar
Rear Suspension Live axle, Semi-elliptic leave springs, Houdaille dampers
Brakes Drums
Front Tires 16 x 5 in
Rear Tires 16 x 5 in
Weight 2315 lb / 1050 kg (depending on coachwork)
Country of Origin Italy
Production Num. 84
Ferrari 250 GT TDF - Fantastic small
fins with competition gas filler cap.
Ferrari 250 GT TDF - Beautiful
covered headlights on this 4th Series.
Ferrari 250 GT TDF - Long lasting hood
with fender side air-vents and drum brakes.
Ferrari 250 GT TDF - Long and clean belt-line.
Ferrari 250 GT TDF - Fourth Series with
covered headlights and single rear louvre.
Ferrari 250 GT TDF - V12
Colombo producing 240 hp at first.
Ferrari 250 GT TDF - Areo side mirror with
Perspex rear window for speed and lightness.
Ferrari 250 GT TDF - Very elegant
chrome trim on the front fender air-vents.
Ferrari 250 GT TDF - Strong rear fender
arches on this very round rear-end.
Ferrari 250 GT TDF - PininFarina's 1st TDF design
already seen on the 250 Europa's lightweight, 250 MM...