1959 Ferrari 250 GT PF CoupéSOLD
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Estimate: 75,000£ - 95,000£
Estimate: €110,000 - €140,000
Estimate: $152,000 - $192,000

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of £156.450

Engine No. 1201 GT

From the Italian Collector Sig. Giuseppe Prevosti

240bhp, 2,953cc single-overhead camshaft V-12 engine, four-speed manual gearbox, front double wishbone suspension and semi-elliptical leaf spring and solid axle rear suspension, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase 102.25in. (2,600mm).

The first of the legendary Ferrari 250 GTs was introduced at the Paris Auto Salon in 1955. By 1956, Scaglietti, who had been building Ferrari’s racing car bodies for several years, undertook construction of the lightweight Pinin Farina-designed production cars, of which the 1956 250 GT was the first. Scaglietti, as much a sculptor as a coachbuilder, may be credited with much of this model’s aesthetic appeal, softening some of Pinin Farina’s more emphatic lines to create a deft and cohesive design. Meanwhile, Carrozzeria Boano produced a notchback-style coupé, the later high-roof designs of which were designated ‘Ellena’.

Built through 1960, the 250 GT Coupé came to replace this angular notchback Ellena model and was both designed and produced entirely by Pinin Farina at their new Grugliasco plant. Elegant yet understated in design, the car became Ferrari’s most commercially successful model. Notable design cues included a particularly long bonnet with chrome-trimmed headlights slightly set back into the wings. The rear of the car was a stylish yet conventional Pinin Farina design, housing a simple light cluster, while the interior, devoid of three-quarter windows, felt very much like a cabriolet fitted with a hardtop. Much attention was given to sound insulation with plush leather and extensive carpeting used throughout. A fresh-air heating system and twin-disc clutch were also introduced for the whole series in 1959.

Not to be underestimated by virtue of its design, the 250 GT Coupé was a performer through and through. The car was fitted with the standard Colombo-designed 2,953cc V-12 engine, which, as always, was nothing short of a detuned competition powerplant. Fitted with three twin-choke Weber downdraft carburettors, compression was typically set around 8.8:1 with output reaching 240 horsepower at 7,000 rpm. With a top speed of 240 kilometres per hour, the 250 GT Coupé could reach 100 kilometres per hour in less than 7 seconds. It was one of the fastest GT cars available, even beating offerings from Aston Martin, Jaguar, and Maserati.

The 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Coupé offered here was purchased in 1987 by Aldo Macioce of Boston from Ms Magdalena T. Tosteson, also of Massachusetts. Macioce sold the car in 1990, at which time it was acquired by Sig. Prevosti and exported to Italy, where it was subjected to a full body-off restoration, which lasted through 1993. It has since seen very little road use.

The car is presented very well, finished in Ferro Grigio. The body is very straight and the fit of the panels is excellent throughout. The paint remains in very good condition and the chrome is also as new. From the Borrani wire wheels to the Ferrari and Pinin Farina badges, every detail appears to be period correct.

The interior is finished in red leather with red carpeting. The quality of the upholstery is excellent and indicative of the car’s low mileage since restoration. The dash retains all of its original instrumentation. Correct components were also used throughout in the restoration of the engine and engine bay, both of which are in very good condition and present very well.

Properly restored and finished in beautiful gunmetal grey, this Ferrari is certainly one of the nicer 250 GT Coupés extant. It offers the same V-12 performance as its fellow 250 GT models, with particularly elegant coachwork – and within a much more modest price range.

Reference Number 13169

as of 9/14/2007

Car 1959 Ferrari 250 GT PF Coupé
VIN 1201GT 
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