Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 1961 – UK

Wspaniałe Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 to pierwsze wyprodukowane w większej ilości czteroosobowe auto marki. Po raz pierwszy zaprezentowane zostało publicznie podczas wyścigu 24 Hours Le Mans w 1960 roku. Sześć miesięcy później model został oficjalnie zaprezentowany na paryskim salonie. Choć miało ten sam rozstaw osi, co legendarny 250 GT LWB Tour de France i wyposażone zostało w podobny silnik Colombo V12, nie było jednak podziwiane przez wszystkich. Konserwatywni klienci marki twierdzili, że prawdziwe Ferrari musi być dwuosobowe i nawet prędkość maksymalna na poziomie 240 km/h nie była dla niech argumentem. Aby samochód był wygodny dla czterech osób, inżynierowie Ferrari musieli wprowadzić kilka zmian w istniejącej platformie 250. Udało im się to dzięki przesunięciu silnika samochodu do przodu oraz poszerzeniu rozstawu kół. Dzięki nadwoziu zaprojektowanemu przez Pininfarinę, konstrukcja 250 GTE 2+2 była nie tylko pełna elegancji, ale także natychmiast rozpoznawalna jako Ferrari. Ferrari wyprodukowało 954 egzemplarze i trzy nieco różne warianty modelu w ciągu czterech lat produkcji. Okaz wystawiony na aukcji powstał w listopadzie 1961 roku. Pochodzi z pierwszej serii, wykończony jest w kolorze Blu Dauphine (12252 MM) z wnętrzem w odcieniu Panno Rosso Peugeot. Oryginalnie sprzedane do Włoch, wkrótce wyjechało do USA. Tam pozostało aż do 2008 roku, kiedy wywiezione zostało do Wielkiej Brytanii. Całkowitą renowację zlecono firmie Classic Performance Engineering w Bicester Heritage. Dzięki suchemu klimatowi Nowego Meksyku, nadwozie okazało się być w dużej mierze zdrowe. Prace nad samochodem trwały 3 lata, a ostateczny montaż zakończono w lipcu tego roku. Dziś wspaniały okaz gotowy jest cieszyć jazdą i swoim idealnym wyglądem nowego właściciela wyceniony został na 325 – 375 tysięcy funtów, czyli około 1,5 – 1,8 miliona złotcyh.


1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Series I by Pininfarina Amy Shore ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

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Lot Number 131

1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Series I by Pininfarina
£325,000 – £375,000
RM | Sotheby’s – LONDON 24 OCTOBER 2019
Chassis No. 2947
Engine No. 2947

Recent full restoration, including engine rebuild by GTO Engineering with invoices totalling over £85,000
Retains its original engine
Italian-delivery example
Ferrari Classiche Certification in progress

Ferrari’s 250 GTE, the marque’s first production 2+2, was first seen by the public at the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans—not as an entry, but as the course marshal’s car. Ferrari had of course produced several special-order 2+2s at this point in conjunction with coachbuilders like Ghia, Touring, and Vignale for demanding clients, but this would be the first available to Ferrari’s usual clientele.

Six months later, the model was formally introduced at the Paris Salon, and this was a big moment for Ferrari. It represented Ferrari’s ever-increasing attention to their road car division as the company’s first four-seater. Importantly, the 250 GTE shared the same wheelbase as the legendary 250 GT LWB Tour de France and was equipped with a similar Colombo V-12. It was capable of a top speed of just over 150 mph, proving to more traditional Ferrari clients that performance would never be compromised in a car from Maranello.

In order to make the car comfortable for four people, Ferrari’s engineers had to make several changes to the existing 250 platform, which included moving the car’s engine forward on the chassis and widening the track of all four wheels. This made the 250 GTE much more comfortable for those sitting in the back, as well as for those sitting in the front. With coachwork designed by Pininfarina, the 250 GTE’s design was not only that of stately elegance, but it was also instantly recognisable as a Ferrari. Ferrari produced 954 examples and three slightly different model variants over its four years of production.

Produced in November of 1961, this 250 GTE was born as a Series I example, finished in Blu Dauphine (12252 MM) over a Panno Rosso Peugeot interior. Although little is known of chassis no. 2947’s early history, it is believed to have been sold to a customer in Southern Italy. It did not remain in its native Italy for long, and at some point it was shipped to the U.S.

A previous U.S. title from the state of New Mexico shows that the car was registered there under the ownership of Francisco C Lombardo VII of McIntosh, New Mexico, in 1978. The car appears to have remained with him for some time and was exported in October of 2008 to the UK and purchased by the current owner in December of that same year.

At this point, the car was not in running condition and was purchased as a project. Upon being stripped to bare metal, the bodywork was found to be largely sound thanks to its time in New Mexico’s dry climate, although some damage was found around the nose and the floors were replaced at some point. A full restoration was commissioned with Classic Performance Engineering at Bicester Heritage over the course of the last three years, with final assembly completed in July of this year. The original engine was shipped to GTO Engineering and fully rebuilt from 2016–2018, with invoices on file totalling to over £85,000.

Freshly restored and presented in its stunning original colour scheme, this is a 250 GTE to cherish.