- Chassis: 1971GT
- 49k Miles Shown, TMU
- Late-Production Series II Example
- Overbored 3.0-Liter Colombo V12
- Outside-Plug Engine
- Triple Weber Carburetors
- Four-Speed Manual Transmission
- Laycock-de Normanville Overdrive
- Blu Sera Paint
- Beige Leather Upholstery
- Four-Wheel Disc Brakes
- Borrani Wire Wheels
- Copies of Factory Build Sheets
- Marcel Massini Report
- Long-Term Previous Ownership
- Invoices Dating Back to 1970s
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This 1960 Ferrari 250 GT is the 338th of 353 Pinin Farina-bodied coupes built during three years of production and was completed on July 30, 1960. Chassis 1971 was delivered new to Garage Francorchamps SA in Brussels, Belgium, who in turn sold it via Luigi Chinetti Motors to an owner in the US. The car was acquired in 1973 by a Northern California owner who retained it for close to five decades before it was purchased by the selling dealer in 2021. Finished in Blu Sera over beige leather, the car is powered by a 3.0-liter Colombo V12 that was rebuilt with overbore pistons in the 1990s and is paired with a four-speed manual transmission with overdrive. Equipment also includes triple Weber carburetors, four-wheel disc brakes, Houdaille shock absorbers, and Borrani wire wheels. This late-production Series II 250 GT Pinin Farina coupe is now offered in Houston, Texas, with copies of its factory build documents, a Marcel Massini report, factory literature, invoices dating back to the 1970s, and a clean California title issued in 1978.
The redesigned 250 GT coupe model was introduced at the 1958 Paris Motor Show with bodywork by Pinin Farina, whose newly opened Grugliasco factory in Turin allowed the model to become Ferrari’s first series-produced car. The notchback-styled body was mounted on a steel-tube chassis that shared a 2,600mm wheelbase with previous 250 GT variants as well as early California Spyder and Pinin Farina cabriolet models.
This example left the factory finished in Blu Sera and received a repaint in the early 1990s in its original shade during a refurbishment by Harry Pappas’ Automobili Scuderia in San Francisco. Closeups of imperfections in the finish are provided in the photo gallery below. Various pieces of brightwork were refinished by San Jose Plating Works in 1993. Work performed between 2016 and 2018 included the replacement of body seals, repairs to the door hinges and hood latch, and adjustment of the doors and bumpers. Pinin Farina job number 29486 is stamped on the trunk floor and can be seen in the gallery below, as can its last three digits stamped on the hood and trunk lid.
Chromed Borrani wire wheels were refurbished by Precision Wire Wheels in 1990 and are secured by three-eared knock-offs. Michelin X tires measuring 185R400 were installed in 2015 at each corner as well as on the trunk-mounted spare. Dunlop disc brakes were introduced on 250 GT coupes in late 1959 and are assisted by a Bendix servo. The calipers were rebuilt in 2015, around which time the brake hoses were replaced.
The cabin is trimmed in beige Connolly leather over the seats, transmission tunnel, and door panels. A freshening performed by Roselli Foreign Car Repair in San Jose between 2016 and 2018 included rebuilds of the seats with replacement foam, welding repairs to the inner trunk panels, reupholstery of the trunk compartment, a rebuild of the windshield wiper motors, and various electrical repairs. Additional features include beige carpeting, black dash upholstery, front lap belts, a lockable glovebox, and a radio blanking plate.
The wood-rimmed steering wheel frames Veglia instrumentation including a 180-mph speedometer, an 8k-tachometer, a clock, and gauges monitoring oil pressure, fuel level, oil temperature, and coolant temperature. The five-digit odometer shows 49k miles, approximately 200 of which have been added by the selling dealer.
The Tipo 128F variant of the 3.0-liter Colombo V12 was introduced in 1960 for Series II examples and incorporates spark plugs positioned on the outside of each cylinder bank. This example’s engine was rebuilt by Automobili Scuderia between 1990 and 1991 with components including oversized pistons, rings, and bearings. The triple twin-choke Weber 40 DCL6 carburetors are said to have been rebuilt in Spring 2021 during service by the selling dealer, which also included the installation of Newco fuel lines, a cleaning of the fuel tank, and replacement of the fuel sender. Results of a compression test performed by the selling dealer are shown in the gallery below for each cylinder.
Power is sent to the rear wheels by a four-speed manual transmission equipped with Laycock-de Normanville overdrive, which was introduced for the model’s second series. Suspension includes a double-wishbone front setup with coil springs and a solid rear axle with leaf springs. Houdaille shock absorbers are utilized all around and are said to have been rebuilt during the selling dealer’s 2021 service.
The composite photo above shows chassis number 1971 GT stamped on the engine block, chassis tag, and frame. Internal engine number can also be seen on the block and matches the number listed on the Marcel Massini report.
Factory build sheets shown in the gallery below list the original component numbers along with the disc brakes, overdrive transmission, and instruments in miles. Framed copies of factory invoices to Garage Francorchamps also list the original colors, as does the Marcel Massini report.
Also included in the sale are owner’s manuals in a leather portfolio, the Garage Francorchamps maintenance policy booklet, a jack, a knock-off hammer, and invoices dating back to the 1970s.