Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Coupe
The 250 GTE was a huge commercial success for Ferrari with almost 1,000 cars built following its introduction at the 1960 Paris Salon. Although history does not record his opinion, Enzo Ferrari no doubt enjoyed this success as it contributed substantial revenue, which he could then allocate to the factory’s increasingly expensive racing efforts.
The GTE has the same 2,600 mm wheelbase as the legendary 250 GT Berlinetta (LWB Tour de France), but moving the engine forward in the chassis and widening the track of both the front and rear wheels increased the interior space significantly. Despite being a larger car with luxury and creature comforts, the model was pure Ferrari. The chassis was clothed in a svelte Pininfarina steel body with aluminium bonnet, doors and boot lid. With disc brakes, a Nardi steering wheel, leather-trimmed seats and interior, chrome-rimmed Veglia instruments and Borrani wire wheels, the car was at once luxurious and sporting – and a top speed close to 225 km/h delivered on the promise.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2009 at Ferrari S.p.A., Fiorano Modenese, Modena.
240 bhp, 2,953 cc single-overhead camshaft V-12 engine, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with coil springs, solid rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,600 mm (102.4 in.)
Source: RM Auctions
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