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1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder
RM Auctions
Location: Amelia Island, Florida
Auction Results March, 2009 $1,975,000

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1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Scaglietti California Spyder

1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Scaglietti California Spyder
1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Scaglietti California Spyder
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1957 Ferrari Type 250 TR Competition Car

1957 Ferrari Type 250 TR Competition Car
1957 Ferrari Type 250 TR Competition Car
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1963 Ferrari 250 GTE

1963 Ferrari 250 GTE
154,000.00 USD
1963 Ferrari 250 GTE RM Auctions Automobiles of Amelia Island Collector Car Auction Amelia Island, Florida March 13, 2010 AUCTION RESULTS: Lot 195 - Sold at a price of $154,000 240 bhp, 2,953 cc single-overhead camshaft V12 engine, four-speed manual gearbox, front double wishbone suspension and semi-elliptic leaf spring and solid axle rear suspension, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102.4" First introduced in 1954, the Tipo 250, in its various incarnations, was the first true production car built by Ferrari. Over the course of ten years, approximately 2,500 Ferrari 250s were built, ranging from the 250 GT California Spyder destined for American shores to the luxurious and attractive 250 GT Lusso. By the late 1950s, however, as other sports car manufacturers, such as Maserati and Aston Martin, geared towards offering 2 2 models, Ferrari recognized a demand among its clients for a four-seat grand touring car. Continued investment in the Scuderia's racing projects would naturally require additional revenue as well. At Le Mans in 1960, the course marshal drove a 2 2 Ferrari, an apparent statement of the compatibility of performance and practicality. By October of the same year, the 250 GTE was officially introduced to the public at the auto show in Paris. Derived from the 250 GT, additional space was created by moving the pedals, seats, front floorboards, and engine forward. The Pininfarina body was composed of steel with aluminum doors, bonnet, and boot lid and rode on Borrani wire wheels. Inside, a Nardi steering wheel, leather-trimmed seats, and chrome-rimmed Veglia instruments created an atmosphere that was at once luxurious and sporty. The new Colombo-designed 2,953 cc V12 engine, first introduced on the 250 GT and derived from the 250 MM, was fitted to this model as well. This powerplant, with a four-speed overdrive gearbox, was good for 240 hp and an estimated top speed of 225 kph. Ferrari 250 GTs typically accelerated from a standstill to 100 kph in 8 seconds or less. Production of the 250 GTE was rather short-lived. Minor styling revisions resulted in a name change to 250 GT 2 2, which by late 1963 was replaced by the 330 America. From the 400i to the Mondial and the current 612 Scaglietti, the GTE's legacy has proved the popular appeal of a four-seat Ferrari. The 250 GTE pictured here was completed by the factory in January 1963 and was delivered new to its first owner in Vicenza, Italy two months later, finished in grey with a blue interior. Initially serviced and maintained by the factory in Modena, the car was exported to the United States in 1970 and went through several changes of ownership in California before the engine was rebuilt by Modena Motors in 1989. When the car was finally sold in 2004, it had been in the same ownership since 1979. The current owner acquired the car out of New York before spending in excess of $60,000 at HESCO in Birmingham, AL to ensure the car was reliable and in perfect mechanical condition. In addition to the extensive mechanical work conducted, there was significant work to the electrical and braking systems as well. Since that time the car has been driven sparingly and stored in a climate controlled garage. HESCO has also indicated to the vendor that the car is a matching numbers example. All of the maintenance records will be available for review in the auction office onsite at Amelia Island. Overall, this is a particularly nice example of the 250 GTE. As Ferrari's first four-seater, it also benefits from a sporting GT appearance. It is a highly desirable alternative to the Aston Martin DB6, but is fitted with the all-important twelve-cylinder engine from the masters in Maranello.
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1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Bertone Coupe Speciale

1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Bertone Coupe Speciale
1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Bertone Coupe Speciale
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1962 Ferrari Spyder

1962 Ferrari Spyder
1962 Ferrari Spyder Photo By: Douglas Wilkinson Location: The Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance in Rochester, Michigan, August 7, 2005.
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1959 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe

1959 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe
165,000.00 USD
1959 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe RM Auctions Automobiles of Amelia Island Collector Car Auction Amelia Island, Florida March 13, 2010 AUCTION RESULTS: Lot 202 - Sold at a price of $165,000 240 bhp, 2,953 cc single-overhead camshaft V12 engine, four-speed manual gearbox, front double wishbone suspension and semi-elliptic leaf spring and solid axle rear suspension, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102.25" The first of the legendary Ferrari 250 GTs was introduced at the Paris Auto Salon in 1955. By 1956, Scaglietti, who had been building Ferrari's racing car bodies for several years, undertook construction of the lightweight Pinin Farina-designed production cars, of which the 1956 250 GT was the first. Scaglietti, as much a sculptor as a coachbuilder, may be credited with much of this model's aesthetic appeal, softening some of Pinin Farina's more emphatic lines to create a deft and cohesive design. Meanwhile, Carrozzeria Boano produced a notchback-style coupe, the later high-roof designs of which were designated "Ellena." Built through 1960, the 250 GT Coupe came to replace this angular notchback Ellena model and was both designed and produced entirely by Pinin Farina at their new Grugliasco plant. Elegant yet understated in design, the car became Ferrari's most commercially successful model. Notable design cues included a particularly long bonnet with chrome-trimmed headlights slightly set back into the wings. The rear of the car was a stylish yet conventional Pinin Farina design, housing a simple light cluster, while the interior, devoid of three-quarter windows, felt very much like a cabriolet fitted with a hardtop. Much attention was given to sound insulation with plush leather and extensive carpeting used throughout. A fresh-air heating system and twin-disc clutch were also introduced for the whole series in 1959. Not to be underestimated by virtue of its design, the 250 GT Coupe was a performer through and through. The car was fitted with the standard Colombo-designed 2,953 cc V12 engine, which, as always, was nothing short of a detuned competition powerplant. Fitted with three twin-choke Weber downdraft carburetors, compression was typically set around 8.8:1 with output reaching 240 hp at 7,000 rpm. With a top speed of 240 km/h, the 250 GT Coupe could reach 100 km/h in less than seven seconds. It was one of the fastest GT cars available, even beating offerings from Aston Martin, Jaguar and Maserati. The 250 GT Coupe we have the pleasure of offering here, a Series I example with an inside-plug engine and drum brakes, was completed in August 1959 and, according to a handwritten factory listing, delivered new to the German importer Auto Becker in Düsseldorf. Pinin Farina records indicate the car was delivered to Luigi Chinetti Motors in Greenwich, Connecticut the same year. Between 1974 and 1975, the Ferrari Owners Club USA membership directories show the car as being owned by Brian A. Johnston of North Vancouver, British Columbia. The present owner acquired the car out of Canada in the 1980s and brought it with him to England before conducting a full nut and bolt restoration and refinishing the car in red with a tan interior, as evidenced by photographs of the restoration process. Following its completion, the car was shown at the Concours at Brocket Hall in England, where it won its class. The owner moved to the United States about 15 years ago and brought the car with him, rebuilding the engine and gearbox at Foreign Cars Italia about ten years ago. The car is reported to be in excellent condition throughout and is driven only sparingly by the vendor. The 250 GT PF Coupe is a superb grand touring Ferrari. It offers the same V12 performance as its fellow 250 GT models, with particularly elegant coachwork – and within a much more modest price range.
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1963 Ferrari California Spyder

1963 Ferrari California Spyder
1963 Ferrari California Spyder Photo By: Douglas Wilkinson Location: The Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance in Rochester, Michigan, August 7, 2005.
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1953 Ferrari Type 250 Europa

1953 Ferrari Type 250 Europa
1953 Ferrari Type 250 Europa
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1960 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet, Series II

1960 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet, Series II
1960 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet, Series II Body by: Carrozzeria Pinin Farina, Turin, Italy Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville, California. Photos By: Douglas Wilkinson
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1955 Ferrari 250 GT Europa

1955 Ferrari 250 GT Europa
1955 Ferrari 250 GT Europa Location: 2009 Concours d'Elegance Amelia Island, Florida Date: March 15, 2009 Photos By: Douglas Wilkinson
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Ferrari Type 250

The American market has always been tremendously important to Ferrari. From the marque's earliest days, Ferrari's reputation for fast, elegant and desirable automobiles has been, at least as strong in the U.S. as in Europe, largely through the efforts of Luigi Chinetti and importers like John von Neumann.

Chinetti, demonstrating the cars' performance with his North American Racing Team and the support of Von Neumann, Parravano and others, exploited the fertile American market for Ferrari's racing cars. The factory-affiliated teams' success generated sales both of new racing cars and recycled team cars. Ferrari developed specific models, such as the two-liter Monzas and Mondials, for the North American market and the racing classes that attracted wealthy amateur and some professional drivers who could afford to buy and race the very best. The success of Ferrari in America supported the factory's Grand Prix and sports racing car teams for years, just as it does today.

Ferrari's burgeoning reputation and racing success also encouraged the market for its road cars with, again, specific models like the 375 America and Superamerica series being developed to satisfy American buyers' desires for large engines and luxurious, long-legged gran turismos. The American dealers identified market niches and Ferrari built cars to fill them, small series of brilliantly integrated design and performance emphasizing the synergy among Ferrari and a few gifted designers and coachbuilders, notably Pinin Farina and Scaglietti.

At the same time Ferrari developed, built, raced and successfully sold a middle group of automobiles, dual-purpose gran turismos that traded luxury and creature comforts for light weight and high performance. Ranging from thinly disguised race cars like the 250MM and 340 Mexico, to sparsely-equipped road cars, Ferrari's GT racers performed admirably in the long distance open road races of the fifties. The first of these dual-purpose Ferraris to achieve some semblance of series production was the second series of 250 GT Europa with three-liter Colombo engine. Bodied by Pinin Farina, some 36 were built and they demonstrated their effectiveness in competition. But GT competition was becoming more intense, so in 1956 Ferrari introduced two new versions of the 250 GT: the Boano/Ellena-bodied coupe road cars and the lightweight racing berlinettas built in limited numbers by Scaglietti to a Pinin Farina design. The latter earned its stripes in the Tour de France and has become synonymous with that great event which covered routes around France with competitive events at tracks and hillclimbs to determine the ultimate winner. Built on the same 2,600mm wheelbase chassis as the Boano/Ellena, the 250 GT Tour de France dominated gran turismo competition and its combination of exceptional performance and good looks has made it one of the most desirable Ferraris.

At the same time Ferrari and Pinin Farina cooperated to create the first series of 250 GT cabriolets, the counterparts of the Boano/Ellena coupes. These luxurious and individually custom-built cabriolets were created for gentleman drivers who wanted open-air Ferraris to cruise the boulevards of sunny resorts with style and flair.

The American market, however, wanted something more than a fast, sparsely-equipped berlinetta or comfortably appointed cabriolet. Americans wanted a fast, sparsely-equipped convertible Ferrari sports car, the convertible counterpart of the Tour de France berlinettas. Whether it was Luigi Chinetti or John von Neumann who first pointed this out to Ferrari is immaterial. What is important, however, is that Ferrari responded with the California Spyder. Pinin Farina based the California Spyder on the design of the Tour de France. Scaglietti rendered Farina's design in metal and whether it is the raked windshield, or clean roofless line, Scaglietti's execution is without doubt one of the most beautiful Ferraris ever built.

California Spyder production began in 1958, and some 11 examples had been built by the time it was announced as a separate model in December 1958. One California Spyder was entered by NART at Sebring early in 1959 and driven by Richie Ginther and Howard Hively. It finished ninth overall (behind four Testarossas and four Porsche RSKs) and won the GT class. Le Mans in 1959 conclusively demonstrated the performance of the California Spyder as the NART-entered, alloy-bodied car driven by Bob Grossman and Fernand Tavano finishing fifth overall. Chinetti even found a way to make an impression on American drag racers with a sub-14 second steel-bodied California Spyder.

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