Ferrari 250 GT Ellena

The early Ferrari road cars were produced in very small numbers but by 1955 a publicity brochure described a new model as “the first series-produced vehicle benefiting from the experiences of the race track”. The new model that this brochure described was the second series of Ferrari 250 GTs, which became known as the 250 GT Boano Coupé and 250 GT Ellena Coupé.

Boano built at least 66 of the Pinin Farina-designed coupés, which was considered a large number in Ferrari’s early days. When Boano was asked to head the design department of Fiat, the company was handed over to his son-in-law Ezio Ellena, still partnered by Luciano Pollo, and the company became Carrozzeria Ellena, the third to produce the same design.

Although the design was essentially the same, all three coachbuilders had subtle differences. The Pinin Farina-built cars had a slightly higher wing line. The Boanos had a lower roofline, which prompted the commonly used terms “high roof” for the Ellenas and “low roof” for the Boano-built cars. The Pinin Farina and Boano cars had quarter lights in the side windows while the Ellenas did not. (The first few cars built by Ellena were identical in appearance to the “low-roof” Boanos, but the aforementioned differences are evident on the remaining cars.) Ellena had produced 50 cars when Ferrari ended the production run. A new 250 GT model had been designed by Pinin Farina and they would produce it themselves.

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

220 bhp, 2,953 cc single overhead-cam alloy block and head V-12 engine, four-speed manual synchromesh transmission, independent front suspension with A-arms and coil springs, solid rear axle with trailing arms and leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,600 mm (102 in.)

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel and Andreas Birner

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