1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2SOLD

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Estimate: €75.000-€125.000

€115.500 Sold

240 bhp, 2,953 cc single-overhead camshaft V-12 engine, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with coil springs, solid rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,600 mm (102.4 in.)

The 250 GTE was a huge commercial success for Ferrari with almost 1,000 cars built following its introduction at the 1960 Paris Salon. Although history does not record his opinion, Enzo Ferrari no doubt enjoyed this success as it contributed substantial revenue, which he could then allocate to the factory’s increasingly expensive racing efforts.

The GTE has the same 2,600 mm wheelbase as the legendary 250 GT Berlinetta (LWB Tour de France), but moving the engine forward in the chassis and widening the track of both the front and rear wheels increased the interior space significantly. Despite being a larger car with luxury and creature comforts, the model was pure Ferrari. The chassis was clothed in a svelte Pininfarina steel body with aluminium bonnet, doors and boot lid. With disc brakes, a Nardi steering wheel, leather-trimmed seats and interior, chrome-rimmed Veglia instruments and Borrani wire wheels, the car was at once luxurious and sporting – and a top speed close to 225 km/h delivered on the promise.

The example presented here was the last Ferrari built in 1961, sold new the following year to its first owner, named Clyde. Imported into the Netherlands in the 1990s, 3227 GT was acquired by Mr. Schermerhorn in 1996 and has been in his collection ever since, properly maintained and driven quite sparingly with total maintenance and service work amounting to over €25,000. A full service was conducted in 2006, at which point the front suspension was completely overhauled as well, as supported by numerous invoices in the car’s file. As with many other cars in the Schermerhorn collection, it has been used primarily for events and shows and, in this case, was shown in 2003 at the Concours d’Elegance at Paleis Het Loo in Apeldoorn.

Finished in one of the most elegant colour combinations, Grigio Argento with a tan leather interior, the car is beautifully presented throughout and remains a highly attractive example of a short-lived yet very drivable series within the greater history of four-seat Ferraris.

Reference Number 41059

as of 3/24/2009

Overview
Car 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2
VIN 3227GT