Ferrari 250 GTE Series I

To keep Ferrari’s racing efforts alive, it was necessary for the Italian sports car company to invest in automobiles that could appeal to a larger audience and generate greater sales revenue. The solution would be to design a road car that could accommodate more than two people.

The 250 GT/E was Ferrari’s first attempt to enter the luxury four-place, fast tourer market segment. The new design was first seen in public at the 1960 Le Mans race, where a prototype was used as a course control vehicle. The GT/E was officially launched that fall at the Paris Auto Show, and it became a commercial success, with over 900 examples in three series built and sold through 1963. The GT/E was based on the 250 GT coupé, with its wheelbase stretched to accommodate two reasonably-sized rear seats, and its three-litre, Colombo-designed V-12 moved forward by eight inches to maintain acceptable interior space. Overall, the body was longer as well as wider, which allowed generous storage in the boot, but at the same time, the roofline was lower than that of the 250 coupés, which maintained the 2+2’s proper proportions.

Part of the RM Auctions event in London, October, 2012.

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, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102.4 in.

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Tim Scott

Ferrari 250 GTE Series I