1958 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe SpecialeSOLD

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auctions on January 18 and 19, 2013. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960 or specialist@goodingco.com. Engine Specifications: 2,953 CC SOHC Tipo 128D V-12 Engine Three Weber 36 DCL/3 Carburetors 240 HP at 7,000 RPM 4-Speed Manual Gearbox 4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs About this Car: As the most distinguished manufacturer of high-performance automobiles, Ferrari has always attracted a discerning clientele. During the firm’s early years, before production was entirely dictated by modern methods and scale, the overall design and details of a road-going Ferrari were very much tailored to the tastes of its original owner. In fact, throughout much of this period – an era many regard as the second golden age of custom coachbuilding – some of the most memorable Ferraris were designed to meet the demanding requirements of important clients, individuals of tremendous wealth and power who sought out the ultimate in exclusivity. The 250 GT presented here is one of these very special coachbuilt Ferraris, a car that owes its existence to the specific wishes of an important client. The exquisite, one-off design and unique character of 1187 GT is surely a credit to the inspired vision of its first owner, Emanuele Nasi of Torino, Italy. A member of Fiat’s controlling Agnelli family, Nasi was a wealthy and influential gentleman with refined taste in motorcars. Throughout the late 1940s and early 1950s, Nasi raced Fiats and OSCAs in Italian events and, in 1956, he turned his attention to custom-bodied Ferraris. That summer, he purchased a 250 GT Coupe – 0465 GT – with special Pinin Farina coachwork similar in style to the contemporary 410 Superamerica. At the Torino Motor Show in November 1958, Nasi was attracted to a new Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series III that featured a remarkably elegant Pinin Farina body. Immediately taken with the design of the latest Ferrari show car, Nasi ordered a new 250 GT chassis and commissioned Pinin Farina to build him a coupe in this latest Superamerica style. In November 1958, Ferrari sent 1187 GT, a highly developed 508D chassis, to the Pinin Farina plant in Torino, where a one-of-a-kind coupe was fashioned to Nasi’s special request. With 1187 GT, Pinin Farina combined the basic elements of the 250 GT Coupe and the 410 Superamerica Series III to arrive at a magnificent, one-off design that was modern, balanced, and exceptionally tasteful. In designing this body, Pinin Farina once again revisited their distinctive five-window motif, a popular treatment during the early 1950s that reappeared in 1958 on a custom-coupe body designed for Prince Bertil. For Nasi’s Coupe Speciale, Pinin Farina created an especially light roofline through the use of a raked windscreen, thin roof pillars, and large glass windows in the sail panel area. The elegant line was further highlighted by a continuous, polished band of trim that runs from the top of the windscreen, over the doors and quarter window, and extends to the base of the rear window. The body flanks of the Coupe Speciale also received a unique treatment. A gentle indentation tapers back in a moderate curve, from a sharp point at the top of the front wheel arch to a broader intersection with the rear-wheel opening, breaking the surface area and providing a dynamic, forward thrust. Decorative engine bay air vents are present on the front fenders, similar to those seen on Prince Bernhard’s special 250 GT, Jan de Vroom’s 410 Superamerica, and several Series III 410 Superamericas. The Coupe Speciale’s final touch of distinction was the addition of Pinin Farina badges on the lower front edge of both doors – a clear indication that this 250 GT Ferrari was a particularly exclusive example. Finished in Grigio Metallizzato Speciale, a specially mixed Max Meyer color, Nasi’s Coupe Speciale was upholstered in black, utilizing a stylish combination of leather and plastic vinyl. The resulting 250 GT Coupe Speciale is a truly elegant Ferrari – a gentleman’s car that was subtly different without being exaggerated for shock value. In a refreshing departure for the era, there was nothing deliberately extravagant, no flamboyant features, no fins, nor polished adornments. It quietly but distinctively expressed Pinin Farina’s growing mastery of the line– masses, proportion, balance, and features that had come to display Ferrari’s visual identity– while providing an important client with the statements of individuality he so highly valued. Upon completion, 1187 GT was unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show held over 10 days in March 1959. Admired by many on the Geneva show stand, Nasi’s Coupe Speciale shared center stage with three other Pinin Farina-bodied Ferraris: a Series 1 Cabriolet, a standard 250 GT Pinin Farina Coupe, and a 410 Superamerica. Following its spectacular debut, 1187 GT returned to Ferrari for final detailing and was then delivered to Nasi in May. Though little is known of the Coupe Speciale’s early history, the 250 GT was eventually exported to the US. By the 1960s, the Coupe Speciale was owned by Howard C. Boerner Jr., an Italian car collector living in Berkeley, California. Mr. Boerner retained 1187 GT until 1977, when it was sold to Dr. Michael Russell of Brentwood, California. In 1986, legendary television producer and collector Greg Garrison discovered the one-off 250 GT and acquired it for his growing stable of significant coachbuilt Ferraris. Mr. Garrison later observed, “It had been around for quite a few years and ended up in Northern California with a doctor who had put one of those terrific $200 paint jobs on it. The car was in terrible condition… it was barely running and needed everything.” Despite the car’s obvious needs, Mr. Garrison recognized the importance of the Coupe Speciale and paid $15,000 for the former Geneva Auto Show car – a princely sum for a closed 250 GT in 1986. Following a 14-month restoration, 1187 GT was returned to a much more presentable appearance, finished in silver with red upholstery. Over the next two decades, the 250 GT became one of Mr. Garrison’s most prized possessions, and in 2003 he displayed it at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. In 2007, two years after Mr. Garrison passed away, his exceptional Ferraris were sold at the Pebble Beach auction, and 1187 GT joined the impressive Caballeriza Collection in Redondo Beach, California. After arriving in the hands of its new owner, the Coupe Speciale was sent to leading Ferrari specialist Bob Smith Coachworks in Gainesville, Texas, where it was meticulously restored to its original glory. During this no-expense-spared process, every last detail of 1187 GT was addressed, from the rebuild of major mechanical components to the careful application of the mesmerizing Grigio Metallizzato paint. Authentically detailed and beautifully finished throughout, the overall presentation is beyond reproach and speaks to the extraordinary care this Ferrari has received. In August 2009, 1187 GT made its postrestoration debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where it earned a Second in Class in the competitive Ferrari GT/Competition Class. From there, the Coupe Speciale was shown at the Cavallino Classic in January 2010, earning an FCA Platinum Award and the prestigious Judges’ Cup. Since Pebble Beach and Cavallino, 1187 GT has been selectively displayed, most recently appearing as a display-only entry at the 2012 Ferrari Club of America Nationals in Palm Springs, California. Given its early show history and unrivaled restoration, it is no surprise that the Ferrari press has flocked to 1187 GT. In summer 2010, Emanuele Nasi’s Coupe Speciale graced the cover of Cavallino, issue no. 177, and was the subject of a featured article written by marque historian Alan Boe, titled “A 250 GT Superamerica?” A one-of-a-kind Ferrari with an outstanding, unique design and many desirable attributes, the 250 GT Coupe Speciale was built to a special order from an important client and served as a show car at one of the most glamorous European motor shows. Over the years, 1187 GT has been featured in almost every book on Ferrari road cars and Pinin Farina, a remarkable testament to its timeless design and enduring influence. Beyond its exceptional style, the Coupe Speciale boasts an impressive provenance that includes a prominent member of the Agnelli family and two decades in the hands of Greg Garrison – one of the great collectors of custombodied Ferraris. Thanks to a limited chain of responsible stewards, 1187 GT remains a very genuine 1950s Ferrari, complete with its original custom features as well as its factory-delivered, matching-numbers engine. In its current condition, it would be quite a challenge to find any fault in the overall presentation of 1187 GT. Finished in its splendid original color scheme and restored to an exceptional standard by one of the best marque specialists in the US, this marvelous Pinin Farina show car has a visual appeal and preparation that would be difficult to improve upon. Considered among the most beautiful and significant Pinin Farina designs ever executed on the 250 GT chassis, 1187 GT is a Ferrari that demands serious consideration. For the connoisseur of fine coachbuilt Ferraris, the opportunity to acquire this most significant Pinin Farina-bodied 250 GT Coupe Speciale is the chance of a lifetime.

Reference Number 205638

as of 2/15/2013

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Car 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale
VIN 1187 GT 
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Known History

Formerly the Property of Emanuele Nasi and Greg Garrison

The 1959 Geneva Auto Show