1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT Pinin Farina CoupeSOLD

1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT Pinin Farina Coupe Serial Number 0373 GT

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We are pleased to offer 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT Pinin Farina Coupe s/n 0373 GT, one of only 35 Europa GTs built in 1955–1956 and one of only 28 Europa GT Pinin Farina Coupes. Delivered new to Jacques Swaters of Garage Francorchamps in 1955 and then sold new by Garage Francorchamps to Philippe Washer, the famous Belgian tennis player. In 1956, it competed and finished 3rd in the 1956 Liege-Rome-Liege rally wearing car number 60 and driven by the legendary Olivier Gendebien (co-driven by Pierre Stasse). Gendebien was the cousin of the car’s owner (Washer). 250 Europa GT s/n 0373 GT was fitted with metal stone guards and rally lights for this event (as fitted to the car presently). The Europa GT was then sold to Gendebien.

0373 GT had two more Belgian owners before it made its journey to America. In 1993, s/n 0373 GT underwent an extensive build/restoration by Terry Myr in Smiths Creek, Michigan and Kleeves Company in Kimball, Michigan for vintage racing and rally events. For the project, Ferrari 250 GTE S/N 3593 was purchased and the engine and differential were installed into 0373 GT. A Ferrari 412 5-speed gearbox was sourced and installed in 0373 GT as well. The 3.0-liter V-12 engine was modified with SEFAC-type cylinder heads, a six-carb setup, and other extensive upgrades. 0373 GT produces 300 horsepower and weighs 3,020 pounds with a full tank of fuel. The restoration was completed in 1996.

In 1997, Europa GT s/n 0373 GT was entered in the Tour de France and the Monterey Historic Races. Between events, the car was constantly maintained by Terry Myr and by Kleeves Company.

In December of 1998, Europa GT s/n 0373 GT was sent back to Terry Myr and Kleeves Company in preparation for the 1999 competition season. The current owner had 0373 GT fitted with the metal stone guards and rally lights as the car was setup with for the 1956 Liege-Rome-Liege rally. The Europa GT was then shipped to Europe for the 1999 season and once again lived at Garage Francorchamps in Belgium under the watchful eye of the late Jacques Swaters. It competed in Spa Ferrari Days and the 1999 Liege-Rome-Liege rally. The Ferrari was then fully rally prepped by Terry Myr and Jade Pig Racing for the La Carrera Panamericana in October of 1999 finishing 1st in the Original PanAm class. After the 1999 La Carrera event, it was determined that the original drum brakes and Borrani wire wheels were not up to the rough roads of Mexico. Jack McAfee had entered a 340 Ferrari in the original La Carrera Panamericana in the 1950s and fitted with Halibrand alloy wheels. John Hajduk at Motorkraft fitted 250 Europa GT s/n 0373 GT with period-correct Halibrand wheels and modern disk brakes. All original parts were kept and are included with the car. 0373 GT was again entered in the La Carrera Panamericana and again finished 1st in class. It just had a full mechanical service performed in March of 2011.

The 250 Europa GT series was the first of Ferrari’s long and fabled race-winning 250 GT lineup. As a 1955 250 GT Ferrari with a period racing history, s/n 0373 GT is eligible for many vintage racing or rally events from the Monterey Historics to the Colorado Grand. Ferrari 250 Europa GT Pinin Farina Coupe S/N 0373 GT offers a rare opportunity to purchase a well-documented, low-serial number Ferrari with many well-sorted upgrades to make the car faster and more reliable for events, like the La Carrera Panamericana or other historic events, without compromising the vintage rally feel of this unique Ferrari. Additionally, many original spares are included with the car. A full list of spares is available upon request. Priced to sell at $479,500.
Engine: 128 E

Reference Number 120613

as of 10/14/2011

Overview
Car 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT Pinin Farina Coupe
VIN 0373 GT 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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Known History

S/n 0373 GT. PF Body Job No. 13940. Entered PF on November 15, 1954. Exterior: Gray. Interior: Burgundy/green plaid cloth inserts with burgundy leather trim. Destination: Washer.

 

1955, sold new through Garage Francorchamps to Jacques Washer, Belgium, brother of the famous tennis player Philippe Washer. Jacques Washer was many times the co-driver for his cousin Olivier Gendebien.

 

1955, 25 Mar., Cote de la Roche,Olivier Gendebien. 2nd in class.

 

1956, competed and finished 3rd in the 1956 Liege-Rome-Liege rally wearing car number 60. Driven by the legendary Olivier Gendebien (co-driven by Pierre Stasse). Gendebien was the cousin of car’s owner (Washer). The Ferrari was fitted with metal stone guards and rally lights for this event (and fitted to the car presently).

 

Sold to Olivier Gendebien, Belgium by Garage Francorchamps.

 

Sold to Mr. Wolters, Belgium by Garage Francorchamps.

 

Sold to Mr. Kinet, Belgium.

 

Traded back to Garage Francorchamps.

 

Sold to M. Stanley, Northern California, USA.

 

Sold to Roberts, California.

 

1993, sold to Joe W. Moch, Grand Rapids, MI.

 

1994–1996, Moch restored it for Vintage Racing. It underwent an extensive build/restoration (by Terry Myr in Smiths Creek, Michigan and Kleeves Company in Kimball, Michigan) for vintage racing and rally events. For the project, Ferrari 250 GTE S/N 3593 was purchased and the engine and differential were installed into 0373 GT. A Ferrari 412 5-speed gearbox was also sourced and installed in 0373 GT as well. The 3.0-liter V-12 engine was modified with SEFAC-type cylinder heads, a six-carb setup, and other extensive upgrades. It produces 300 horsepower and weighs 3,020 pounds with a full tank of fuel.

 

1995, 18–23 Sept., Colorado Grand, Joe Moch.

 

1996, Meadow Brook Historic Races.

 

1996, 09 Nov., For sale in FML by Joseph Moch. 616 456 1449.

 

Totally and completely disassembled and rebuilt to the highest standards, completely sorted, vintage race or touring ready. Accompanied by large spare parts inventory. Perfect for Shell Historic series - Easily whips TDFs and SWBs - 1:54s at Mosport Park, Canada.Quarter-page ad on p. 24.

 

1997, 23–26 Apr., Tour de France, Moch/Draper. Race #128.

 

1997, 15–17 Aug., at Monterey historic races, tribute to Carroll Shelby, Group 3A, Saturday, race #60, driven by Joe William Moch.

 

1998, 11–14 June, at Ferrari Club of America National meet, Mosport, CA. Joe Moch.

 

1998, December, sold to the current owner in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 0373 GT was then sent to Terry Myr and Kleeves Company in preparation for the 1999 competition season. It was also fitted with the metal stone guards and rally lights as the car was setup for the 1956 Liege-Rome-Liege.

 

1999, shipped to Europe for the 1999 season and once again lived at Garage Francorchamps in Belgium under the watchful eye of the late Jacques Swaters.

 

1999, 01–02 May, Spa Ferrari Days, Shell Historic Challenge, Brian DeVries. Plates: 246000. Red/grey blue seats. Race #22. 21st/DNF.

 

1999, 06–08 May, Mille Miglia Storica, DeVries/Moch. Plates: 246000. Red/grey-blue. Race #272.

 

1999, 19–24 June, entered in Liege-Rome-Liege by Brian DeVries and co-driven by his daughter (Rachel DeVries). It was the poster car for that year’s Liege-Rome-Liege event due to its 3rd place finish in the 1956 event. The Ferrari was then sent back to Garage Francorchamps where it was serviced before being transported back to Grand Rapids, Michigan in late summer of 1999.

 

1999, October, La Carrera Panamericana. Driven by Brian DeVries, Co-Driver Marc Noordeloos. Finished 1st in Original PanAm Class.

 

After the 1999 La Carrera event, it was determined that the original Dunlop brakes and Borrani wire wheels were not up to the topography and rough roads of Mexico. Records were found that a Ferrari 340 was entered by a Jack McAfee in the original La Carrera Panamericana in the 1950s and featured Halibrand alloy wheels. John Hajduk at Motorkraft Limited was contacted and 0373 GT was fitted with period-correct Halibrand wheels as well as a modern brake upgrade (all original parts were kept and are included with the car).

 

2000, late Summer, fully rally prepped by Jade Pig Racing for the La Carrera Panamericana.

 

2000, October, La Carrera Panamericana. Driven by Brian DeVries, Co-Driver Marc Noordeloos. It again finished 1st in class and the brake and wheel upgrades allowed it to post much further up the overall standings. Finished 1st in Original PanAm Class.

 

The Europa GT was then kept by the current owner but used only for occasional drives around Michigan. It has been regularly serviced by Jade Pig Racing including a new Fuel Safe fuel bladder in January of 2007. It also just had a full service performed in March of 2011.

 

2011, March, on consignment with Michael Sheehan’s Ferraris-online.com, Newport Beach, CA.

 

See Cavallino #94, Aug/Sept., 1996, pages 27–35 for very detailed history of this car by Keith Blumel.

 

See Cavallino #95, Oct/Nov., 1996, pg. 21, top center photo shows this car at Meadow Brook Historic Races.

 

See Cavallino #112, pg. 21, 1999 Mille Miglia.