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A 1956 Ferrari 250 GT wins Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award – Robb Report

1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione

Rising above the (already winner) hopes of the Peninsula Classic’s Best of the Best candidates, the 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione is a glorious example of what happens when extreme beauty meets diligent, ongoing stewardship. The ne plus ultra Ferrari competed against seven exceptional vehicles that have already won top prizes in the world’s competitions: a 1926 Hispano-Suiza H6B Cabriolet, a 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Tour de France, a 1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale and three versions of the 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540 K. Crowned for the first time at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club on the peninsula, this elegant winner kicked off Monterey Car Week with a prancing horse bang.

Of the nine 250 GT Berlinetta Competiziones built, this early example was only five days old when it competed in the 1956 Mille Miglia, which started a series of competitions including the Coppa InterEuropa, the Garessio-Colle San Bernardo Hillclimb and the Internationales Flugplatzrennen , Vienna-Asper. Rubbing is racing, or it has been said, and damage from competition resulted in the Silver Fox having to undergo two repairs in 1959, the last of which was a major re-styling at the famed Carrozzeria Scaglietti.

1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione

1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione in profile

Remi Dargegen

To rearrange misfortune as an opportunity for renewal, the second owner instructed the bodybuilder to modernize the car with a lower nose, smaller grille, covered headlights and a rear spoiler. The Ferrari built a racing history with countless hill climbs and the Tour de France in 1959. Refreshingly, this pristine Ferrari seemed to receive the ultimate accolade because of, not in spite of, the pendulums and arrows of misfortune it received over the decades.

The interior of the 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione.

Remi Dargegen

Those days of struggle have been replaced by a pampered existence after its extensive restoration in 2000, during which it was repainted to its original silver gray and reupholstered in blue leather, as well as further work at Bachelli & Villa following a transfer of ownership in 2016. The winner of Villa d’Este Best in Show 2021 is now enjoying an unbeatable moment in the sun, which owner Brian Ross says “…is a great achievement and a real honour. It is a wonderful acknowledgment of the many years I have spent trying to get my hands on this 250 GT and the hard work that went into the years of restoration process All the other nominees have fantastic vehicles so I am incredibly humbled to have been selected for this award by the acclaimed judges. from Best of the Best is a true dream.”

Check out more photos of the Ferrari below:

1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione

Remi Dargegen

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Remi Dargegen

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