1959 Ferrari 250 GT PF Cabriolet SIISOLD
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Estimate: $325,000-$375,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $462,000

240bhp, 2,953cc single overhead camshaft Colombo V12 engine, triple Weber carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi elliptic leaf springs, four- wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102.3"

Introduced at the Geneva International Auto Salon in 1957, the 250 GT Cabriolet was conceived by Pinin Farina as Ferrari ’ s semi-luxury touring car and was thus given better interior appointments and more soundproofing than the California Spyder Series. Its chassis and drivetrain may have been strikingly similar to the Ferrari racecars, but the standards of the coachwork ’ s fit and finish were very high, with complete instrumentation, luxurious leather interior, and a host of other small comforts. The Cabriolet further differed from the Spyder in its design and related more strongly to the 250 GT Pininfarina coupe, which was also presented as a luxury touring machine.

As unveiled in 1959 at the auto show in Paris, the new Series II Cabriolet was a considerable mechanical improvement over the California Spyder; it received an outside plug engine with twin distributors and an overdrive transmission (on some models). Disc brakes and telescopic shock absorbers were also standard fare on the sexy convertibles. The result was a stylish and seriously quick Ferrari powered by a 2,953 cc 128F Series V12.

The matching numbers 250 GT offered here is one of only 202 Series II cabriolets built by Ferrari and Pinin Farina and an absolutely excellent example at that. The quality of the exterior is truly quite spectacular, painted in the original, elegant factory blue metallic and accentuated by an understated yet aggressive hood scoop. The California-ready convertible sports freshly redone Borrani knock-off wire wheels shod in brand-new Pirelli rubber. The work on the recent chrome and brightwork was recently completed to the highest standards. Superb cosmetic restoration and detailing are likewise evident on the interior, where tan hides are accented by a sporty blue dash that matches the exterior color. Lacking the slotted-shifter frequently found on Ferraris, the upholstery of the 250 Cabriolet seamlessy flows into a matching leather shiftboot.

Meanwhile, the 3.0-liter V12 breathes through three two-barrel Weber carburetors, producing ample horsepower, which is then transmitted to the pavement via four forward gears. Although the engine bay could benefit from certain minor cosmetic improvements, the overall aesthetic condition of the Colombo V12 is quite good. Initial test drives indicate outstanding road manners and good mechanical maintenance. The car drives exceptionally well and is quite the performer, with its distinctive Ferrari exhaust note in tow.

Produced by experienced Pinin Farina and Ferrari craftsmen, early Series II Cabriolets are truly one of the last undiscovered treasures of the Ferrari convertible world. Add to that a comparatively high market price for the LWB California Spyder, which regularly exceeds the million-dollar mark, and the 250 GT Cabriolet becomes an increasingly attractive proposition. The Series II ’ s relative rarity warrants the occasional showing on a neatly cut concours lawn but from time to time also necessitates a quick sprint on a sunny day.

Please note that the Serial No. is 1833GT.

Reference Number 11484

as of 7/21/2007

Car 1959 Ferrari 250 GT PF Cabriolet SII
VIN 1833GT 
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