Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet

The 1959-1962 Pinin Farina Series II Cabriolets were direct stable-mates of the other Colombo-engined marque models of the period: the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, the long and short wheelbase California Spyders and the 250 GT PF Coupe. However, the Series II Cabriolets and the Coupe were conceived by Pinin Farina as Ferrari’s semi-luxury GT cars and thus provided with better interior appointments and more sound-proofing than the competition-oriented California Spyder series. Mechanically there is little difference between an early California Spyder and the first Pinin Farina Cabriolets, but the latter went to great pains to design the coachwork in a truly distinctive manner in order to distinguish the Cabriolet from the Spyders. The mechanical specifications of all four cars were almost identical, except of course for engine output, which would increase from the Cabriolet’s 260 hp to almost 300 hp for a full-competition SWB Berlinetta or California Spyder due to improvements of carburetion, camshaft duration and compression ratio.

Ferrari’s normal 2,600-mm oval tube chassis was fitted with independent front suspension by unequal A-arms, coil springs and telescopic shocks while the rear featured a live axle located by semi-elliptic springs and twin parallel trailing arms also with telescopic dampers. An anti-sway bar was found at the front, and all four models ran on the superbly attractive alloy-rimmed Borrani road wheels usually fitted with Dunlop, Englebert or Pirelli tires. The four-speed all-synchro transmission had an electrically operated 28.2% overdrive motivated by a large single dry-plate clutch.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

260 bhp @ 7,000 rpm, Colombo 60-degree V-12 engine with single overhead camshafts and triple Weber carburetion, four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive, independent front suspension with coil springs and telescoping shock absorbers, live rear axle with leaf springs, parallel trailing arms and tubular shocks, steel tubular chassis, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,600 mm (102")

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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