THE GENTLEMAN'S FERRARI AWAITS

Posted on 21st September 2018
THE GENTLEMAN'S FERRARI AWAITS

This 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Coupé is one of seven fine Ferraris coming to sale on September 22nd.

An early example of the Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Coupé – the model that inspired all subsequent road-going berlinettas and has been likened to 'the Gentleman's Ferrari - is undoubtedly one of the stars of Historics forthcoming sale on Saturday 22nd September… It was first registered in July 1958, its ‘0975 GT’ chassis number suggesting it is in the first 10% of the 353 cars produced from 1958–1960. Of these it is estimated that only half survive today, emphasising both the rarity and desirability of this highly collectable motorcar as it turns 60 years of age.
Ferrari’s first series production car and most commercially successful model of the 1950s and 60s, the 250 GT Coupé was unveiled to the world at the Paris Salon in 1958, appealing to the wealthy at a price tag then of £6,000 - the equivalent of some £135,000 today.
A quintessential grand tourer, with supremely elegant coachwork penned by Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, topped off with the standard, hand-crafted Borrani alloy-rimmed wire wheels, the 250 GT delivered unrivalled performance in its day. In common with all Series 1 250 GTs, this very original and superbly-maintained example is powered by the famed 2,953cc, 237bhp alloy V12 Colombo engine, driven through a four-speed gearbox, that enabled the 0-60mph dash to be accomplished - with more than a touch of aplomb and panache - in under seven seconds.

This 250 GT Coupé comes to sale at Historics in very fine order throughout. Finished in its original Nero Tropicale black coachwork and beautifully-appointed tan leather interior – both in superb condition – the car was first registered in Switzerland before being enjoyed by subsequent owners in Italy and Germany where in 2010, it was the subject of a 60,000 Euro fully documented restoration. Two years later the car came to the UK, and during the vendor’s ownership since then it has travelled a mere 300 miles.
Commenting on the car, Historics’ James Good said: “To drive the 250 GT Coupé makes one wonder where we went wrong … Its the most seductive, engaging yet graceful experience to savour such a wonderful piece of Ferrari history, and an exceptional opportunity for any collector.”
Sold with a comprehensive history file and including a toolkit, significant purchase interest is anticipated at the estimate of £420,000-£460,000. For Ferrari enthusiasts and collectors, the good news is that this is one of seven superb examples of Maranello’s finest on sale, spanning six decades.

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