1957 Ferrari 250 GT BoanoSOLD

A recent Platinum FCA Concours Winner and Fully Eligible for the Mille Miglia Retrospective

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ESTIMATE: $400,000 - $500,000

$726,000 Sold

A recent Platinum FCA Concours Winner and Fully Eligible for the Mille Miglia Retrospective

2,953 V-12 alloy engine developing approximately 260 bhp, SOHC, four-speed manual synchomesh transmission, oval steel tube ladder-type chassis, independent front suspension with A-arms and coil springs, solid rear axle with trailing arms and leaf springs; four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102"


Designed by Pinin Farina, the late 1950s “ Boano ” Berlinettas are generally considered to be Ferrari ’ s first series- built Grand Touring cars. This overview, along with a thorough model description is found in Antoine Prunet ’ s book, “ The Road Cars ” , Chapter III – B, pages 164-171. These GT cars further developed the Pinin Farina theme of simple, elegant lines and proportions, with a minimum of brightwork or trim.

A bewildering array of Carrozzerias – Allemano, Touring, Vignale, Ghia and Zagato provided coachwork for early Ferraris. However, Pinin Farina designed their first Ferrari as early as 1952 and by the mid-50s had truly established the Ferrari “ look ” as exemplified by the Europa/Boano/Ellena GT series. Design cues included the long, low hood and a signature oval radiator opening – traits that by the mid-1950s had secured “ Principal Ferrari Design House ” status for the Turin firm.

Characterized by a low roof line, 63 of this first series, now known as “ Boano ” 250s were built by Carrozzeria Boano. At the end of 1957, Mario Boano left his company to set up Fiat ’ s styling department and his son-in-law Ezio Ellena took over with longtime partner Luciano Pollo. Thus, the renamed Carrozzeria Ellena built a further run of 50 Ferrari 250 GTs, now referred to as “ Ellena ” or “ High-roof ” coupes.

Even though these cars were marketed as expensive, luxurious and well finished Grand Touring machines, the low “ chopped roof ” effect of this influential Pinin Farina design provides a racy, almost sinister overall look for the Boano series.

Also impressive was the performance provided by the famed Colombo-designed V12, 3-liter engine, which produced between 250 and 290 horsepower depending on its specification. Griff Borgeson ’ s complimentary January 1958 Sports Cars Illustrated road test of the Richie Ginther Lime Rock race winning 250 GT Boano, which listed for $10,975 (actually, then more than the cost of a TdF Berlinetta), called it a “ Grand Touring masterpiece – without comparables – except other Ferraris ” . “ Racing car performance with the manners and appointments of a luxury automobile in the grand manner ” , summarizes the theme of the Borgeson road test. The perfect seating position, silence at speed, the fully synchronized transmission, engine flexibility, “ rock-like solidity ” , predictable handling and “ gigantic brakes ” further impressed Borgeson, not to mention the styling, which he labeled “ contemporary Italian conservative, beautiful without being the least bit gaudy ” .

Top speed was listed at 127 to 157 miles per hour depending on the final drive gear ratio, with the road test car ’ s 4.57 gears providing a 0 to 60 mph time of 5.9 seconds. Such performance was not surprising since the mechanical specifications of a Boano – engine, gearbox, rear, suspension, brakes as well as wheels and tires were the same as that of Ferrari ’ s Berlinetta GT racing car, the Tour de France. Even interior aspects like the steering wheel, instrument panel, gauges and door hardware were identical to its glamorous sister cars of the period, the “ TdF ” and the LWB California Spyder – many of which owe their lives today to a donation of vital parts from a Boano/Ellena Coupe.

This aspect, coupled with the minimal build numbers means a very low survival rate for the 250 GT Boano/Ellena series. Ferrari historian Marcel Massini estimates that only 40 or so of these remain in their original form.

Although marketed as Ferrari ’ s luxury Grand Touring car the 250 GT Boano nevertheless also distinguished itself in competition: running in the original Mille Miglia, scoring an Alpine Rally GT Class win and securing a remarkable overall victory in the 1957 Acropolis Rally.


Factory fitted with the rare side vent option and the second last Boano built, this car was delivered new to Jacques Swater ’ s Garage Francorchamps SA in Brussels, Belgium. In the early 1960s it was exported to the USA and sold to John Calley, a movie producer in Los Angeles, CA. A Hollywood movie mogul, Warner Brothers producer and later president, Calley was responsible for many famous releases including “ Dirty Harry ” , “ A Clockwork Orange ” , “ Deliverance ” , “ Mean Streets ” , “ The Exorcist ” , The Towering Inferno ” , “ Superman ” and “ Chariots of Fire ” .

In the mid 1960s, Larry Armi, a Pasadena College student, traded in a VW notchback and $400 for the Boano which was then black with a red leather interior – the original factory color scheme. At this time the clutch was inoperative. From 1966 to 1987, a period of 21 years, #0673 GT was with Ernie McAfee Motors ’ head mechanic Gene Curtis, who would certainly have been able to install a new clutch! In 1987 when Curtis died, his widow sold the car to a Patricia Potter of Thousand Oaks, CA. By 1988, the car belonged to Robert Butler of Valencia, CA but needed major repairs as the engine was out of the car. An acquaintance of Butler ’ s to whom he had loaned money, Rick Peterson of “ Doug ’ s Tug ” , a big rig towing company in Los Angeles, became the next co-owner with Butler in 1993.

By September 1995, it was being advertised in the Ferrari Market Letter by Californian Norbert Hofer on behalf of Peterson as “ low roof, steel body, excellent condition, all numbers matching, asking price USD $75,000 ” .

In the period spanning 1999 – 2001, apparently still with Peterson/Butler, #0673 was treated to a 100% disassembly and restoration at Black Horse Restorations from which it emerged resplendent in claret paint with a grey leather interior with burgundy piping. The serious restoration cost was vindicated by a Platinum Award at the 2001 Orange County Concours d ’ Elegance, after which the car was sold to Rick Intile, a client of Motor Classic & Competition Corporation of White Plains, New York.

Further show successes came in the form of a Gold & Platinum at the 2003 Cavallino Classic and the Long Beach, California Concours, according to the current owner, who purchased this Ferrari from Motor Classic last year. Ferrari Club of America trophies are nic,e but lately an even more all-encompassing approval of a Maranello-built Prancing Horse exists. This is the Factory ’ s new Ferrari Classiche Certification Program which will issue a “ Certificate of Authenticity ” – but only to a car which has passed a very stringent inspection process, meaning that the applicant vehicle has to precisely match the technical specifications of its original build sheet. This desirable document has now been issued for our Ferrari 250 GT Boano and it, and the accompanying binder and build sheet, will be included with the sale of this car.

An astute purchase in the estimated range will net the new owner a Ferrari with all the necessary check marks – a handsome Grand Tourer, fully restored with performance to match, a Certificate of Authenticity from the Factory and eligibility for all the world ’ s most desirable driving events, including the Mille Miglia. Forza!

Reference Number 5765

as of 1/9/2007

Car 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Boano
VIN 0673GT 
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