Ferrari 250 GT ‘Tour de France’ 3-Louvre

In the spring of 1957 Ferrari revised their ‘Tour de France’ Berlinetta with a new body that included 3-louvres on the rear sail panel. Also new to the design were covered headlights that were mounted higher and further back into the fenders and rear fender which were more pronounced and finished with the taillights.

Along with the new headlights, the 3-Louvre got optional full-width bumpers which were sometimes mounted with fog lights. A small strip was also added to the sill panel which was dropped in 1959.

Mechanical changes included a new Fichtel & Sachs clutch, slightly harsher springing and a larger 136 liter fuel tank.

IN 1957 14 cars were built with the 3-louvre design including 0723GT, 0731GT, 0733GT, 0747GT, 0749GT, 0753GT, 0763GT, 0767GT, 0771GT, 0773GT, 0781GT, 0787GT, 0793GT and 0805GT. Four more 1958 cars also including 0879GT, 0881GT, 0893GT, 0895GT brings the total 3-louvre production up to 18 cars.

Our feature car is chassis 0805GT which was first sold to Pierre Noblet who got a first in class at both the GP de Spa and 12 Hours of Reims.

‘Tour de France’ 3-Louvre Gallery

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1957→1958 Ferrari 250 GT ‘Tour de France’ 3-Louvre 1957→1958 Ferrari 250 GT ‘Tour de France’ 3-Louvre 1957→1958 Ferrari 250 GT ‘Tour de France’ 3-Louvre

Sources & Further Reading: 1. Pourret, Jess. Ferrari 250 GT Competition Cars. Foulis 1977.“”

‘Tour de France’ 3-Louvre Specs & Performance

type Racing Car
production years 1957 – 1958
built at Maranello, Italy
body stylist Pinin Farina
coachbuilder Scaglietti & C.
production 18
predeccesor 1953 Ferrari 250 MM
engine Tipo 128C 60º V12
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
block material Silicon Aluminum Alloy
valvetrain SOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Triple Weber 36DCL3
displacement 2953 cc / 180.2 in³
bore 73 mm / 2.87 in
stroke 58.8 mm / 2.31 in
compression 9.2:1
engine designer Gioacchino Colombo
power 186.4 kw / 240 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output 81.27 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 224.3 bhp per tonne
redline 7500
body / frame Aluminum Body over Tipo 508 Tubular Frame
driven wheels RWD w/LSD
wheel type Borrani RW3077 Wires
front tires 6.00×16
rear tires 6.00×16
front brakes Aluminum Drums w/ Hydrualic Assist
rear brakes Unassisted Aluminum Drums
front wheels F 40.6 x 12.7 cm / 16 x 5 in
rear wheels R 40.6 x 12.7 cm / 16 x 5 in
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs
r suspension Live Axle w/Longitudinal Half-Elliptic Springs, Lower Rods
curb weight 1070 kg / 2359 lbs
wheelbase 2600 mm / 102.36 in
front track 1354 mm / 53.3 in
rear track 1349 mm / 53.1 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
tran clutch Fichtel & Sachs
gear ratios 2.48:1, 1.64:1, 1.231:1, 1.000:1
top speed ~241.4 kph / 150.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~5.2 seconds
fuel capacity 136 litres or 35.90 gal.