1957 Ferrari 250 GT Low-Roof BerlinettaSOLD

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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 Type 128B SOHC V-12 Engine Three Weber 36DCL3 Carburetors 240 HP at 7,000 RPM 4-Speed Synchromesh Manual Gearbox 4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs About this Car: Introduced at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show, the 250 GT Low-Roof Berlinetta was a significant car in the early days of the Ferrari marque. Designed to replace the aging Europa GT, the new 250 Gran Turismo benefitted from the latest chassis developments and modern Pinin Farina styling, executed by Carrozzeria Mario Boano. A model that many historians regard as the first “production” Ferrari, the Boano was a sophisticated sporting machine that helped Ferrari gain greater recognition in important markets and appeal to a wider audience. The Boano was never intended to be a raucous, brash, or extravagant car; rather it was a thoughtful, subdued, and refined GT whose quiet lines do a fine job of gently hinting at its outstanding dynamic capabilities. The Ferrari presented here, 0605 GT, was completed on January 14, 1957. As the 52nd of 88 Boanos built, this car features the refined 508B chassis, complete with a type 128B V-12 engine and a full synchromesh gearbox. Originally delivered to Alberto Alberti of Milan, the Ferrari remained in the hands of its first owner for a brief period before being sold to a resident of Rome. In June 1960, Roberto Goldoni of Rome purchased the lightly used Boano from official Ferrari dealer Vincenzo Malagò. In July, Sig. Goldoni sold 0605 GT to pioneering American Ferrari enthusiast Ed Niles of Santa Fe Springs, California. During the 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Niles was one of the preeminent Ferrari specialists on the West Coast and, through his many contacts in Italy, was responsible for importing many significant cars to the US. In a letter dated June 30, 1960, to Mr. Niles, Sig. Goldoni details the logistics of the deal and describes the work that is going into his latest acquisition. “The car will be completely checked and renewed under my own supervision. I have already talked with the chief of the Ferrari workshop for the engine and mechanical parts, while Boano itself will do the bodywork. The car has got a Porsche type gearshift with a monodisc clutch of the same model as the 1959, instead of the old bidisc which was standard on that model. The car is much easier to handle than the 1955. I am positively sure that, when the work will be over, the thing will certainly be in good shape and won’t need any work of any kind on its arrival there.” Freshly painted in a deep cherry red metallic finish with brown cloth-trimmed interior, 0605 GT began its journey from Livorno, Italy, to California aboard the SS President Hayes on August 8, 1960. As expected, the Ferrari arrived at the Port of Los Angeles on September 11, where Mr. Niles collected the Ferrari three days later. On September 19, Mr. Niles sold the Boano to Donald Berlin of D.B.A. Imported Motors Inc., a Volkswagen and Porsche dealer in Albuquerque, New Mexico. From there, the Ferrari was sold to a gentleman in Texas, where it remained until the late 1960s. In fall 1969, James Truitt of Carmel, California, acquired the Low-Roof Boano, thus beginning a remarkable 36-year period of ownership. Following a complete cosmetic and mechanical restoration, Mr. Truitt’s Ferrari was displayed at the 1974 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Six years later, the elegant 1950s Ferrari returned to the lawn at Pebble Beach, where it was placed in Class L, Postwar European through 1960. Over the years, the Boano remained a fixture in the Truitt garage, where it accompanied Enzo Ferrari’s 400 Superamerica, 4031 SA. When Mr. Truitt finally decided to part with 0605 GT in 2005, the Boano showed just 44,000 km on the odometer and still wore its original black and yellow California license plates. Eventually, Mr. Truitt sold the Boano to the current caretaker, a Southern California collector who has owned a variety of high-quality 1950s sports cars, from a 300 SL Gullwing to a Siata 208 S. A regular participant at Pebble Beach, the consignor decided to perform a thorough concours-quality restoration of the well-kept Ferrari and enlisted the talents of respected marque specialists to complete the task. Epifani Restorations in Berkeley, California, performed the majority of the mechanical restoration, although Wayne Obry’s Motion Products prepared the cylinder heads and Chet Tucker addressed the electrical system. In an effort to restore the original ride characteristics, the Houdaille shock absorbers were sent to Sherman Wolf for a rebuild, and new, properly stamped Borrani wire wheels and correct Pirelli Cinturato tires were sourced. In keeping with the high standards of the mechanical restoration, the body and paintwork were brought up to concours standards. As this work was being completed, Christensen Plating Works Inc. refinished the brightwork and Andy Palmer was brought in for the painstaking final assembly process. Finished in dark red with a silver roof section, the Boano has a wonderful periodcorrect appearance, and the body and panel fit is truly exceptional. The interior, completely reupholstered in gray leather with contrasting light gray piping, has an inviting feel and the unique sporting character one expects from a 1950s Ferrari. In late 2012, the Ferrari Classiche department certified 0605 GT, confirming that this 55-yearold 250 GT retains its original body, chassis, engine, gearbox, rear end, and other ancillary components. In addition to the Ferrari Classiche Red Book, this car is offered with a history report compiled by marque authority Marcel Massini that includes correspondence, archival photos, and an ownership summary. An incredible file of documentation including receipts and registration cards spanning decades, along with a wealth of historical items are included with the car. Meticulously restored by leading specialists and eligible for just about every important driving event there is, this magnificent 250 Ferrari offers its new owner a wealth of opportunity. Not only is this one of the most highly restored Boanos, it is also one of the most genuine, as evidenced by its Classiche certification and long-term California provenance. As great collectible Ferraris become increasingly difficult to acquire, the addition of this impressively prepared, black-plate 250 GT is sure to reward its new caretaker, both as a relatively attainable entry into classic Ferrari ownership and as a long-term investment. With the quality and credentials to impress any connoisseur of Italian motorcars, this exceptional 250 GT demands serious consideration.

Reference Number 206519

as of 2/15/2013

Car 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Low-Roof Berlinetta
VIN 0605 GT 
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Known History

Formerly the Property of James Truitt