Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 to pierwsze czteroosobowe Ferrari. Anegdota mówi, że powstało, ponieważ Enzo Ferrari potrzebował auta dla siebie, żony, szofera i… psa. Była to konkurencja dla wozów Aston Martin i Maserati, z elegancką karoserią od Pininfariny i doskonałą mechaniką. 250 GTE powstało na podwoziu 250 GT LWB Tour de France, jedynie 3-litrowy, 240-konny silnik V12 Colombo przesunięto tu o 20 cm do przodu, by uzyskać więcej miejsca w kabinie. GTE było jednym z najbardziej udanych samochodów drogowych Ferrari, szybie i komfortowe, powstało w ilości 954 egzemplarzy trzech serii. Wyprodukowany w 1963 roku egzemplarz pierwszej serii miał wielu właścicieli, jednak zawsze pozostawał w dobrym stanie, zarejestrowany w północnych Włoszech. Jego ostatni właściciel w 2013 roku rozpoczął kompleksową renowację, po ukończeniu której przejechał zaledwie 275 kilometrów. To jeden z najlepszych egzemplarzy na rynku, który sprzedano podczas aukcji Sotheby’s 15 czerwca w Mediolanie za 466250 euro, czyli około 2,1 miliona złotych.
Paolo Carlini ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
MILAN | LOT 112
1963 FERRARI 250 GTE 2+2 SERIES III BY PININFARINA
€400,000 – €450,000 EUR
€466,250 EUR | Sold
Italy | Italy
15 June 2021
Chassis No. 4541
Engine No. 4541
Gearbox No. 140/63
Documents Italian Libretto
An elegantly proportioned, beautifully presented Ferrari 2+2
Finished in exquisite original colors of Grigio Fumo over Pelle Beige Connolly leather
Delivered new to Torino; lengthy registration history in northern Italy
Desirable Series III example restored in 2014 by noted specialists
Numbers-matching engine and gearbox; accompanied by Ferrari Classiche Red Book
It is said that the Ferrari 250 GTE—the first production four-seat offering from Maranello—came about because Enzo Ferrari wanted a vehicle suitable for use by his chauffeur, himself, his wife … and the family dog! In truth, the pressures of the marketplace played a large role in Ferrari’s decision to introduce a proper 2+2: Comparable offerings from Aston Martin and Maserati, as well as the need to raise ever-more money to support the firm’s motorsports efforts, made it a commercially prudent move as well.
Fortunately, the resulting car reflected the marque’s reputation for uncompromising excellence. To create the 250 GTE, Ferrari used essentially the same chassis as the 250 GT LWB Tour de France, but the 240 horsepower, 3.0-litre Colombo V-12 engine was moved eight inches forward; it was mated to a four-speed manual transmission with overdrive. Pininfarina’s elegant design raised the rear section of the roof, providing more cabin space for rear seats whilst still maintaining the same wheelbase and increasing the front and rear track. The result was a car balanced in both appearance and performance—and thanks to its extra cabin space, it was arguably one of the most practical and comfortable Ferraris to date as well.
Staying true to its competition roots, the 250 GTE was revealed at the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans in the hands of the course marshal before making its official debut at the Paris Salon later that year. The GTE was one of Ferrari’s most successful road cars, as 954 examples spanning three Series were delivered over a four-year production run. In addition to some cosmetic changes, Series III cars benefitted from the addition of coils to its leaf spring rear suspension.
Completed on 22 April 1963 and issued its factory certificate of origin on 14 May, this Series III example was originally finished in Grigio Fumo over a Beige Connolly leather interior. On 15 June, it was sold to its first private owner, Merlino Silvano, via Fontanella & C. of Torino, Italy. Mr. Silvano would retain the car until 8 January 1965, after which it was sold to Bruno Coppo, also of the Torino area. From Coppo, the car would pass to Maria Luisa Bassano—reportedly given as a wedding gift upon her marriage to Japanese journalist Hideyuki Miyakawa, who would later go on to be an early employee of Italdesign.
According to research on file from Marcel Massini, the 250 GTE passed through a number of owners in the following decades, yet it always remained registered in northern Italy. Only one instance of exhibition, at the 1981 Ferrari Club meeting in Alessandria, Italy under the ownership of Sergio Cassano, is indicated during this period. Notably, Cassano was a co-founder of Ferrari Club Italia, motoring journalist, and author of several books on Ferrari and motorsport.
When it was acquired by its present owner and consignor in 2013, the Ferrari was said to be well-preserved and in good mechanical condition yet showing its age. With this very solid car serving as a starting point, a total restoration by specialists began. Toni Auto of Maranello sorted the mechanicals, while Elettrauto Franco refurbished the electrical systems. Its original instrumentation was also retained and restored by a specialist at this time as well.
The body, stripped to bare metal during the job, now proudly wears original colors of Grigio Fumo, while the interior was trimmed in appropriate Beige Connolly leather by Tappezzeria Luppi. A wood-rimmed steering wheel completes the finely detailed cabin, while on the exterior, four Borrani wire wheels (as well as a spare in the boot), each refurbished by the Borrani factory, give the 2+2 an appropriately sporty flair.
Following the completion of its restoration, the 250 GTE was submitted for, and received, its Ferrari Classiche certification; as the accompanying Red Book attests, the car retains its numbers-matching V-12 engine and gearbox. Having recorded fewer than 275 km since its restoration at time of cataloguing, this 250 GTE Series III is surely among the finest examples on the market today—and it offers ample proof that Ferrari’s earliest efforts to create a proper 2+2 also yielded one of the most enduring, and desirable, grand tourers of its era.