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The second to last Class was reserved for the Gentleman Drivers cars, GT racers that could be bought by the wealthy privateers to run both in GT races and on the public road.

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The first of these coupés was the Fiat 8V Rapi Berlinetta, the first V8 powered Fiat of this era. More known for the smaller 4-cylinder engine Fiat finally decided to build a V8 in the early 1950s, beside several different body versions of Rapi, Zagato and the Supersonic by Ghia the engine was also used by Siata in their spiders.

Maybe the most iconic Gentleman’s Car was the 300 SL Gullwing, the road version of the earlier LM cars. Few of the about 1400 cars features a competition history as just few were raced in anger but even less feature the ultimate configuration of the lightweight alloy version. The car in Como featured both being one of just 29 alloy cars entered at the Mille Miglia in 1956 and 1957 by its Italian owner. Today restored to perfection the car was awarded by the jury with the second in class and the best interior design of its tartan seats.

A total different approach was the Ferrari 250 GT LWB “TdF”. Whereas the Gullwing was designed as a road car that also could be raced the TdF was a pure GT race car that also could be driven on public roads. The car in Como was one of the most successful of all early Ferrari GT (0677GT). The car was entered by the Scuderia Ferrari driven by Olivier Gendebien in the early 1957 season. Gendebien was not amazed in the beginning learning that he was entered on a GT car rather than the faster Sports Prototype but after winning the Giro di Sicilia and coming home third overall (and 1 in the GT class) at the Mille Miglia he was so impressed that he took over the car mid-season. In September of the same year he won the event that was name giving for the model, the Tour de France, several more victories on various events should follow before the car went to the second private owner. The car was a regular entrant both at the Mille Miglia Storico as well as at the Tour Auto until about 10 years ago, today it is more regular on show events (like many others due to their value), the car was named Best in Class.

Following the LWB TdF was the so-called 250 GT Interim, based on the long chassis with the body design very similar to the one on the SWB. The cars are easily differentiable by the second window behind the door. The interim was the car to be raced at the Tour de France in 1959 and the car in Como (1519GT) came third overall behind the winning sister car of Gendebien. The car was represented in the original Swiss racing colour of red with a white centre stripe, this car was originally entered by the “Ecurie La Meute” but the livery might be known by the Scuderia Filipinetti.

The class was rounded off by the Talbot Lago America Coupé, the last car before the company was sold to Simca. The Talbot Lago was powered by the BMW V8 2.5 Litre engine.

Report & Images ... Peter&Wolfgang Singhof

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