1956 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe BoanoSOLD
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Estimate: €400.000-€475.000

€401.500 Sold

240 bhp at 7,000 rpm, 2,953 cc single overhead camshaft V-12 engine, three Weber 36 DCF carburettors, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,600 mm (102.4 in.)

Enzo Ferrari’s passion was building racing cars, but by 1950 he had come to the conclusion that exclusive road going coupés and convertibles would have to be constructed by the company. There was demand from wealthy followers of Ferrari on the track and construction of road cars would help fund the racing effort. Early cars were bodied by such coach builders as Vignale, Ghia of Turin and Touring of Milan. Ferrari believed that the success of the scuderia on the racing circuits of the world would attract a customer base for high performance luxury cars. He was right.

Early Ferrari road cars were built in very small numbers, usually to special customer order and there was no attempt at standardisation. A significant change occurred in 1954 when the Pinin Farina-designed Ferrari 250 Europa GT was launched at the Paris Show. It was Ferrari’s first true production model and the foundation for all of Ferrari’s future 250 models.

The second series of cars, again designed by Pinin Farina, was unveiled at the Geneva Salon in March 1956. Pinin Farina only produced the first few prototypes of this car. At this time the Turin-based coach builder was in the process of building a new, much larger production facility, but until it was completed the company would not have the required space to build cars in the quantities now required.

The work was given to another studio, Carrozzeria Boano, headed by former Stabilimenti Farina, Pinin Farina and Carrozzeria Ghia designer, Mario Felice Boano. Boano built 67 cars which had slight styling changes to the five cars that Pinin Farina had made, the most notable being a lower wing line. Boano joined Fiat in 1957 as head of design and Ezio Ellena, Boano’s son-in-law, took over production under the banner of Carrozzeria Ellena. Again there were minor cosmetic changes, in particular a higher roof which prompted the use of the terms “high roof” for the Ellena and “low roof” for the Boano. To add to the confusion, the first few Ellena-bodied cars were identical to the “low-roof” Boanos.

The Ferrari 250 GT Boano Coupé presented here is an ultra-rare aluminium-bodied “low roof” example. The car was sold new by Luigi Chinetti Motors to first owner Jan de Vroom in New York in November 1956. As the whereabouts of several cars are still unknown, only about 22 alloy-bodied 250 GT Boano Coupés are currently known to have been built. Extensive research indicates that de Vroom wanted an alloy-bodied car and he had the intention of using 0569 GT in competition. He went on to race the car in the US in the late fifties and on 11 May 1958 Elliot Forbes-Robinson competed with it in Hawaii. No further race results with Jan de Vroom have been uncovered at the time this catalogue went to print.

In the late 1980s, 0569 GT was restored to concours condition by world-renowned specialist DK Engineering at a cost of over £115,000. The car was featured as the cover story in Ferrari World magazine in 1994 and has been shown at some of the most important events across the globe. 0569 GT competed in the Mille Miglia Retrospective in 1998 and became an important addition to Edgar Schermerhorn’s collection in 1999. The car was subsequently shown with five other coach built Ferraris from his collection during the XIV Sport et Collection event at the Circuit du Val Vienne in France.

Finished in a period correct colour scheme of mink blue with a silver roof, the car comes with original FIVA papers, old DEUVET vehicle-passport, old FIA papers and extensive leather-bound history file, with photographic restoration record.

The Ferrari 250 GT was certainly Mario Felice Boano’s most celebrated work as an independent coach builder and the alloy-bodied variant is the rarest and most desirable of the series. The Boano-bodied cars remain among the most elegant Ferraris with truly graceful proportions and they competed in some of the greatest classic races, like the Mille Miglia, with considerable success. This car, chassis 0569 GT, would be welcome at all the great competitions and events across the world, and represents the extremely rare opportunity to own one of only about 22 alloy-bodied Boanos.

Reference Number 41058

as of 3/24/2009

Car 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Boano
VIN 0569GT 
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