1963 Ferrari 250 GTE 2 2 Coupé Carrosserie PininfarinaSOLD
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Ferrari 250 GTE 2 2 Coupé Carrosserie Pininfarina

Reference Number 127382

as of 5/23/2011

Overview
Car 1963 Ferrari 250 GTE 2 2 Coupé Carrosserie Pininfarina
VIN 4129GT 
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Known History

Intended to extend Ferrari?s appeal to a sector of the market already contested by rivals Aston Martin and Maserati, the 250GTE 2 2 was first seen in prototype form at the 1960 Le Mans 24-Hour Race, where it served as the Race Director?s car, and had its official world premiere later that year at the Paris Salon. There had been four-seater Ferraris before the 250GTE - Ghia, Touring and Vignale all producing ?2 2? designs in the 1950s - but these attempts had been compromised by the necessity of using a chassis not conceived with passenger carrying in mind and were deemed less than entirely successful. Close collaboration between Ferrari and Pininfarina in the design of Maranello?s first series-production four-seater ensured that no such criticism could be levelled at the 250GTE.

At 2,600mm in the wheelbase, the multi-tubular chassis was similar to that of the Pininfarina-designed 250GT ?notch-back? coupé - the most commercially successful Ferrari of its day - and 200mm longer that the contemporary 250GT SWB?s. Moving the engine forward by 200mm and widening the rear track by 38mm made room for two rear seats in a bodyshell which, despite its increased length, retained Pininfarina?s customary classical proportions. Independent front suspension, a live rear axle, all-round disc brakes and a four-speed manual/overdrive gearbox completed the basic chassis specification, while the compact, Colombo-designed Tipo 128E outside-plug V12 engine?s 240bhp ensured that there was no reduction in performance despite the inevitable weight gain. Top speed was within a whisker of 140mph, while one example, driven by Ferrari works driver Phil Hill and carrying two passengers, accelerated from a standstill to 100mph and back to rest in 25 seconds, a staggering achievement for an almost fully laden Grand Tourer.

The 250GTE progressed through three series, changes being confined mainly to the front and rear lighting arrangements, before production ceased in 1963, by which time 950 cars had been sold, making the this the most popular and commercially successful Ferrari to date.

 

This particular car is part of the third series, it was commissioned December 4, 1962 as stated in the purchase order number 587 and it still retains its original interior Celeste 19321 with its beautiful original patina. The order form also tells us that the car is equipped with overdrive and a brake servo. Additional accessories that remain in the car today, including the passenger headrest, the baggage platform, and the two safety belts, are also included in the sale. The original warranty of the car tells us that 4129GT was delivered new by Franco Britannic Automobile on February 27, 1963 at the Franco-American Bank, located at 23 Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. In 1966 the vehicle was registered to a director of the bank, Mr. Rein. Its second owner Mr. Tenin, who resided in Paris, then purchased the car in 1971. It remained in his possession until late 2009, when he sold it to its third, and most recent owner. The records of the car are exceptional. They include the different correspondence from Franco Britannic at the time of the order, Ferrari maintenance notiziazio, its Ferrari warranty, all bills detailing maintenance completed by the Franco Britannic, and, post 1970, the details of maintenance carried out by Pozzi. These records provide a rare opportunity to follow the life and history of the motorcar through the extensive paperwork of the Ferrari importers. Body repairs have been carried out by Chapron.

In 2001, the latest revision by Pozzi showed that the car had covered 160,281 km since new. It has now covered 163,100 km, and was revised in 2010. The engine was rebuilt by Pozzi in 1989 when the car had covered 157 786km. It is equipped with a stainless steel exhaust.

A recent test drive of the car reminded us how incredibly pleasant it is to drive an automobile that has been so carefully maintained since its first owner. The steering is smooth and precise, the gears shift easily, and when the engine is warm the oil pressure is good. This is a unique opportunity to purchase a 250 GTE in original condition with a continuous history. It has an exceptionally complete record, which is testament to the way in which it has been looked after, and driven.

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