1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Series IIISOLD
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Estimate: 55,000£ - 75,000£
Estimate: €80,000 - €110,000
Estimate: $110,000 - $150,000

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of £150.863

Engine No. 5007

From the Italian Collector Sig. Giuseppe Prevosti

300 bhp 3967cc single overhead camshaft V-12 engine with Weber carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, front double wishbone suspension and semi-elliptical leaf spring and solid axle rear suspension, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102.25” (2,600mm).

In an effort to fund the increasingly expensive racing efforts of the Scuderia Ferrari, the Italian sports manufacturer worked to introduce a four-seat car that would appeal to a wider client base and thereby also generate additional revenue. The notion itself was nothing new to Ferrari as Touring, Ghia, and Vignale had all created 2+2 cars for Ferrari in the past. These, however, were all one-off models, not intended for full production, and were better suited for carrying luggage than passengers.

The four-seat 250 GTE was therefore officially introduced in late 1960 at the auto show in Paris, alongside the short wheelbase version of the 250 GT. In order to create the GTE’s rear seating area, the engine, pedals, seats, and front floorboards had all been moved up. The svelte Pininfarina-designed steel body had aluminium doors, bonnet, and boot lid and was rather conservative with classic twin headlamps and a conventional rear end. Four-wheel disc brakes, independent front suspension with coil springs, a Nardi steering wheel, leather-trimmed seats, chrome-rimmed Veglia instruments, and Borrani wire wheels all provided for a very luxurious and sporty Ferrari. Despite its passenger-friendly 2+2 arrangement and intended use for more practical daily commutes, the GTE was reportedly capable of top speeds in excess of 225 kilometres per hour.

There were three distinct 2+2 body styles made with the four litre V-12 engine for a total of 1138 cars (including prototypes). The first, known as the 330 GT America, was a continuation of the 250 GTE body, but fitted with the new four-liter engine mated to the existing four-speed overdrive transmission. Fifty examples were built for the U.S. market and all were left hand drive.

While the earliest owners are not known, our research indicates that by 1986, s/n was owned by Matthew Sullivan of Canton, MA. By 1989 chassis the car was owned by Aldo Macioce, of Brighton, MA who was offering the car for sale.

Records indicate that in 1990 the car was registered in Massachusetts with title no. D287021. Sig. Prevosti subsequently purchased the car from Aldo Macioce and imported the car to Italy for restoration.

The left-hand drive 330GT America is fresh out of restoration. The overall quality of the car is to concourse condition, from the body and panel fits to the stunning Blue Celeste coachwork complemented beautifully by the tan leather interior, new chrome and bright work. The interior was restored to the same very high quality and in fact surpasses factory quality. All the proper instrumentation was restored and re-installed and that the engine bay is also period correct with attention given to detail throughout, from the air filter to the carburettors, every component was professionally restored.

Freshly restored to a very high standard, this extremely rare interim model is ready to be presented at any concourse or driven in full comfort on the next classic car event. With classic looks, four seats, and a twelve cylinder Ferrari engine there is no better Grand Touring car

Reference Number 13166

as of 9/14/2007

Car 1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Series III
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