Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale
The Geneva Motor Show of March 1956 represented a milestone development for Ferrari, as the company debuted its seminal 250 GT, regarded by many historians as the first true series-produced model to emerge from Maranello. Two versions of the new model were exhibited at the company’s display, a cabriolet bodied by Boano and a Pinin Farina-designed berlinetta that was clearly influenced by the 410 Superamerica that sat beside it.
Though both versions of the new 250 GT were scheduled to enter production with the bodies made by their respective carrozzerie, coupe production was ultimately taken on by Boano, which clothed the chassis in its own variation of the show car’s coachwork. Accounts vary as to why Pinin Farina did not end up producing the coupe shown at the Geneva Motor Show, with some historians contending that Ferrari was loathe to take on the coachbuilder’s minimum production order of 500 cars. Other accounts maintain that despite any possible minimum order requirements, Pinin Farina was in the midst of building a new factory and did not yet have the capacity for such a sizeable order anyhow.
Despite the fact that Boano earned the contract for 250 GT coupe production, four chassis in the series were sent to Pinin Farina for individual coachwork. These cars were classified with their own chassis designation, no. 513, and were subsequently clothed in Superamerica-style bodies that endowed them with the stout appearance of their more muscular stable-mates. The resulting 250 GT Pinin Farina Coupe Speciale examples have become prized for their rarity and classic Superamerica styling and can be regarded as an important precursor to the long and celebrated relationship between Ferrari and its most prolific coachbuilder.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
240 bhp, 2,953 cc V-12 engine, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, live rear axle with parallel trailing arms and semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102.3"
Source: RM Auctions
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