A few months later the body becomes more angular and fourteen ventilation slots or louvers are introduced on both rear lateral walls of the cockpit.
The body released in 1957 is the third variant with the number of louvers reduced to three and the desirable introduction of covered headlights. 17 cars are built.
The 15th TdF of this third series leaves the factory in early 1958. It participated in 22 competitions at the hands of a careful owner. It remains one of the most authentic TdF, fully matching numbers and authenticated by Ferrari Classiche. Well known to fans of old Ferraris, it did not fail to take part in the celebrations of the 50th, 60th and 70th anniversaries of the brand.
This third series TdF is estimated € 7M for sale by RM Sotheby's in Monaco on May 12, lot 167.
I previously discussed in this column a highly rare first series TdF that won the 1956 Tour de France with de Portago, sold for $ 13.2M including premium by RM Sotheby's on August 15, 2015, and a fourteen louver TdF sold for $ 9.5M including premium by Gooding on August 17, 2013.