1961 Ferrari 250 GT PF CoupeSOLD

Christie's Retromobile Paris Auction - February, 16 & 17th, 2007

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Estimate 90,000 - 140,000 Euros
Result (incl.) 116,325 Euros

Engine: V12, single overhead camshaft per bank, triple Weber 40 carburettors, 2,953cc, 250bhp at 7,500rpm; Gearbox: four-speed, all-synchromesh; Suspension: front, independent with coil springs, rear, semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: discs all round. Left hand drive.

Model History

When the new 250 Gran Turismo was launched at the 1954 Paris Salon, it was described as the first standard series production Ferrari. It represented a milestone in the marque's history and was beyond doubt one of Enzo Ferrari's most important models for more than ten years, bringing pure race technology into production cars in order to generate funds for the Scuderia's racing activities. All based on the 250 GT chassis and fitted with the legendary Colombo engine, cars like the famous 250 SWB, the 250 GTO and the 250 'Tour de France' won the most prestigious races in their period and can still be seen as being among the most desirable sports cars ever manufactured. The 250 GT model series provided the whole range of cars catering to everyone from wealthy gentlemen to ambitious racing drivers.
The Ferrari 250 GT was intended as a replacement for the 250 GT Europa and was bodied by Pininfarina, the 'notchback' styled coupe was to be produced between 1958 and 1961. Although the 250 GT was a production car, it could not deny its competition roots, as Johnny Lurani wrote in his first drive report for Motor Trend's 'Sports Car Quarterly', 'Although clearly betraying its genuine racing genealogy, the 250 GT appears today to have been successfully tamed. Signor Ferrari has not detracted from excellent performance, at the same time injecting those qualities that are needed in a machine for ordinary touring.'

History of this car

1617GT was one of the last 250 Pininfarina coupes to leave the Maranello factory, delivered new on September 15th 1961. It subsequently passed to America where it was offered for sale end of 1998 and passed on to a Belgian collector; it was acquired on March 16th 2000 by the current owner, the engine's head was rebuilt and a general checkover was completed. In 2004 the car competed in the legendary Liège-Rome-Liège rally. Since then the car has not competed and has remained within his private collection being regularly maintained and exercised. Currently showing an odometer reading of 71,129km, the last service is recorded as having been carried out at 68,446km.

When recently inspected by a Christie's specialist the bodywork was straight throughout with good panel fit but a few minor imperfections were evident. The car started 'on the button' and performed faultlessly when subsequently driven. Although not a concours example, the Ferrari presents very well and all mechanical components are reported to be in good order with little use since their last relevant rebuilds. With the majority of key components similar to or shared with some of the most valuable and desirable Ferraris ever produced, this 250 GT Pininfarina Coupe provides comfortable, competitive touring and is ideal for a host of European events.

Reference Number 6917

as of 2/1/2007

Overview
Car 1961 Ferrari 250 GT PF Coupe
VIN 1617GT 
Exterior / Interior Color      Red /      Beige 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
Options Exterior: Wire wheels
Interior: Leather interior, Wooden steering wheel 
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