1963 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2SOLD

RM Auction: Ferrari - Legenda e Passione - Sunday, May 20, 2007

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Estimate: 80,000€-95,000€

143,000 € Sold

Specifications: 240bhp, 2953cc single-overhead camshaft V-12 engine, four-speed manual gearbox plus overdrive, front double wishbone suspension and rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,600mm. (102.25")

The 250 GTE was a huge commercial success for Ferrari. Between the introduction at the 1960 Paris Salon and the evolution into models fitted with a four-litre V-12, almost 1,000 cars were built. Although history does not record his opinion, Enzo Ferrari no doubt enjoyed this success as it contributed substantial profits, which he could then allocate to the factory ’ s increasingly expensive racing efforts.

The GTE has the same 2,600mm wheelbase as the legendary 250 GT 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. Although a larger car with luxury and creature comforts, the model was pure Ferrari. The chassis was clothed in a svelte Pininfarina steel body with aluminum bonnet, doors and boot lid. With disc brakes, Nardi steering wheel, leather-trimmed seats and interior, chrome-rimmed Veglia instruments, and Borrani wire wheels, the car was both luxurious and sporting - and a top speed very close to 225 km/h delivered on the promise.

The example presented here is finished in silver with a red leather interior and complemented by freshly restored Borrani wire wheels and new tires. It was the subject of a professional nut and bolt restoration so extensive that the body was removed from the chassis. When stripped for paint, it was clear that the body was in excellent condition and showed no signs of previous accident damage. Noted specialists Touring Garage performed the outstanding work in 2005, and full records of the restoration accompany the car – as does a proper set of tools.

As Ferrari ’ s first production Grand Touring car, the 250 GTE is finally earning the respect of Ferrari enthusiasts. With its comprehensive restoration and first quality cosmetics, this 250 GTE offers exceptional value in a highly usable Ferrari.

Reference Number 8562

as of 4/15/2007

Car 1963 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2
VIN 4093 
Exterior / Interior Color      Silver /      Red 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
Options Exterior: Metallic paint, Wire wheels
Interior: Leather interior, Wooden steering wheel 
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