Ferrari 250 GT Boano

Early Ferrari road cars were built in very small numbers, usually to special customer order and there was no attempt at standardisation. A significant change occurred in 1954 when the Pinin Farina-designed Ferrari 250 Europa GT was launched at the Paris Show. It was Ferrari’s first true production model and the foundation for all of Ferrari’s future 250 models.

The second series of cars, again designed by Pinin Farina, was unveiled at the Geneva Salon in March 1956. Pinin Farina only produced the first few prototypes.

The work was given to another studio, Carrozzeria Boano, headed by former Stabilimenti Farina, Pinin Farina and Carrozzeria Ghia designer, Mario Felice Boano. Boano built 67 cars which had slight styling changes to the five cars that Pinin Farina had made, the most notable being a lower wing line. Boano joined Fiat in 1957 as head of design and Ezio Ellena, Boano’s son-in-law, took over production under the banner of Carrozzeria Ellena. Again there were minor cosmetic changes, in particular a higher roof which prompted the use of the terms “high roof” for the Ellena and “low roof” for the Boano. To add to the confusion, the first few Ellena-bodied cars were identical to the “low-roof” Boanos.

The Ferrari 250 GT was certainly Mario Felice Boano’s most celebrated work as an independent coach builder and the alloy-bodied variant is the rarest and most desirable of the series. The Boano-bodied cars remain among the most elegant Ferraris with truly graceful proportions and they competed in some of the greatest classic races, like the Mille Miglia, with considerable success.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2009 at Ferrari S.p.A., Fiorano Modenese, Modena and in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

240 bhp at 7,000 rpm, 2,953 cc single overhead camshaft V-12 engine, three Weber 36 DCF carburettors, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,600 mm (102.4 in.)

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Pieter E. Kamp

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