Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta

From Ferrari press: Chassis no. 2735 was the Ferrari most raced by Moss (five races out of 12 Ferrari drives) and also the car he won most races in. He describes it as the ‘best GT car in the world’.

The car was then bought by Chris Kerrison, painted silver and raced with some distinction, before crashing into John Surtees’ GTO and Jim Clark’s Aston Martin DB4 Zagato at the 1962 Goodwood Tourist Trophy. After this it was sent to Ferrari for repairs, but Kerrison then entrusted the car to Bizzarrini who had Drogo build a pseudo GTO on the chassis. The car was variously raced at Spa, the Nürburgring, the Tour de France and many British circuits. It was later owned and raced by the Hon. Patrick Lindsay, Dick Crosthwaite and Vic Norman amongst others. In 1983 the Drogo body, which had been crashed and was deteriorating, was removed by a UK specialist and replaced with new bodywork to the original Scaglietti GT Berlinetta short-wheelbase design.

In late 2007 the current owner, Clive Beecham, entrusted Ferrari Classic with a complete body-off restoration. The car, which has a continuous, uninterrupted history, had - naturally enough for a racing car - been subject to numerous repairs over the years. When stripped by Ferrari Classiche, a number of incorrect repairs to the chassis came to light, and these were rectified according to the factory’s original chassis blueprints.

The engine was totally overhauled, with a correct-specification engine block being cast by the factory to replace the non-original block that had been fitted in 1967. At the same, the original specification Weber 46s were fitted, the transmission and differential were overhauled, and all worn or non-original components repaired or replaced with original parts. Where original parts were no longer available - such as pistons and connecting rods, cam shafts, gear selector forks, aluminium riveted fuel tank and exhaust system - these were remanufactured by Ferrari Classiche using the designs from the company’s extensive archives.

In respect of the car’s provenance, Ferrari Classiche carried out a fine-tuning operation on the bodywork. All the existing body panels were retained, but a number of structural areas were rectified where modifications had been made in period when the car was rebodied by Drogo and the scuttle line lowered.

The result is a 250 GT Berlinetta that completely respects the criteria of correct technical specifications and authenticity as laid down by Ferrari, with every single component corresponding to the exact description of the car according to the build sheet when it left the factory in June 1961.

Gallery: Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta