Rare Ferrari 250 TDF Could Fetch Over $10 Million At Auction

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This could end up being the most expensive car to cross the auction block this year.

We often see rare exotic cars cross the auction block and sell for millions of dollars. This car heading to auction is in a different league, however. What you're looking at here is a vintage Ferrari that could fetch over $10 million. The prancing horse in question is a rare 1957 250 GT Competizione Tour de France, one of only 72 ever made that inspired the hardcore F12 tdf. Its name is derived from the Tour de France Automobile, a race that Ferrari won nine consecutive times between 1956 and 1964.

The car was longer than the short-wheelbase 250 GT that succeeded it. Under the hood, the 250 TdF packed a 3.0-liter V12 producing 258 horsepower. That may seem tame for modern standards, but back in the 1950s it was astonishing – especially when you consider it took Porsche another two decades to produce a 911 with a similar power output with the original 930 Turbo. This specific 250 TdF is the 15th example out of the 17 that were made in the third of four series, and features louvered vents and covered headlights. Sadly, it never won any races, but did secure a second-place finish at Spa in 1958. This hasn't affected its value, however.

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RM Sotheby's estimates it will sell for between €7 and €9 million when it crosses the auction block in Monte Carlo on Saturday, May 12. Should it sell for over $10 million, it would be the most expensive car to be sold at an auction this year. It will have to beat Battista Pininfarina's 275 GTB Speciale, which sold at Scottsdale in January for over $8 million.

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