Formerly the property of Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis, left-hand drive,1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2 2 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 2647 Engine no. 2647
Lot 348
Formerly the property of Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis, left-hand drive,1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2+2 'Series 1' Coupé Chassis no. 2647 Engine no. 2647
Sold for £101,180 (US$ 163,344) inc. premium

Lot Details
Formerly the property of Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis, left-hand drive,1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2+2 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 2647 Engine no. 2647 Formerly the property of Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis, left-hand drive,1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2 2 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 2647 Engine no. 2647 Formerly the property of Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis, left-hand drive,1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2 2 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 2647 Engine no. 2647 Formerly the property of Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis, left-hand drive,1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2 2 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 2647 Engine no. 2647 Formerly the property of Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis, left-hand drive,1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2 2 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 2647 Engine no. 2647 Formerly the property of Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis, left-hand drive,1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2 2 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 2647 Engine no. 2647 Formerly the property of Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis, left-hand drive,1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2 2 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 2647 Engine no. 2647 Formerly the property of Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis, left-hand drive,1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2 2 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 2647 Engine no. 2647 Formerly the property of Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis, left-hand drive,1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2 2 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 2647 Engine no. 2647 Formerly the property of Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis, left-hand drive,1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2 2 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 2647 Engine no. 2647 Formerly the property of Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis, left-hand drive,1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2 2 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 2647 Engine no. 2647 Formerly the property of Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis, left-hand drive,1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2 2 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 2647 Engine no. 2647 Formerly the property of Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis, left-hand drive,1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2 2 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 2647 Engine no. 2647 Formerly the property of Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis, left-hand drive,1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2 2 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 2647 Engine no. 2647 Formerly the property of Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis, left-hand drive,1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2 2 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 2647 Engine no. 2647 Formerly the property of Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis, left-hand drive,1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2 2 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 2647 Engine no. 2647 Formerly the property of Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis, left-hand drive,1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2 2 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 2647 Engine no. 2647 Formerly the property of Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis, left-hand drive,1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2 2 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 2647 Engine no. 2647 Formerly the property of Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis, left-hand drive,1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2 2 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 2647 Engine no. 2647 Formerly the property of Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis, left-hand drive,1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2 2 'Series 1' Coupé  Chassis no. 2647 Engine no. 2647
Formerly the property of Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis, left-hand drive
1961 Ferrari 250GTE 2+2 'Series 1' Coupé
Coachwork by Pininfarina

Chassis no. 2647
Engine no. 2647

Footnotes

  • 'Pininfarina and Enzo Ferrari have collaborated to make a most desirable motor car: expensive, fast and luxuriously comfortable, with a large luggage compartment. All this adds up to a Gran Turismo, with the accent on the "Gran", par excellence. If you want to go road racing look to the Berlinetta, but for touring in the grand style, "Two plus Two" equals near perfection.' - Sports Cars Illustrated.
    Intended to extend Ferrari's appeal to a sector of the market already contested by rivals Aston Martin and Maserati, the 250GTE 2+2 debuted in the summer of 1960. Ferrari's first four-seater, the 250GTE 2+2 was directly descended from the most commercially successful Ferrari of its day, the 250GT. Launched in 1954, the latter featured a lighter and more-compact Colombo-designed 3.0-litre V12 in place of its Europa predecessor's Lampredi unit. The 250GT chassis followed Ferrari's established practice, being a multi-tubular frame tied together by oval main tubes, though the independent front suspension now employed coil springs instead of the transverse-leaf type. A four-speed, all-synchromesh gearbox transmitted power to the live rear axle, while hydraulic drums looked after braking all round. Disc brakes arrived late in 1959 and a four-speeds-plus-overdrive gearbox the following year, and both were features the 250GTE enjoyed from the start of production in 1960.
    Pininfarina's brief had been to produce a 2+2 without sacrificing the 250's elegant good looks or sporting demeanour and the master carrozzier succeeded brilliantly with the GTE. By moving the engine, gearbox and steering gear forward and the fuel tank back, sufficient room was created for two occasional rear seats within the 250GT's 2,600mm wheelbase. The Tipo 128E outside-plug engine's 240bhp ensured that there was no reduction in performance despite the inevitable gain in weight. A popular and highly profitable car for Ferrari, the 250GTE evolved through three series, changes being mainly confined to the dashboard layout and exterior lighting arrangements, remaining in production until 1963.
    Imported from Rome, Italy and first registered on 19th August 1965, this 'barn find' 250GTE 2+2 is offered for sale by the family of the late Dr Hector John Anderson of Lambeth, South London, who bought the car in 1967 from a patient of his, Mrs Eva Michelson of Green Street, Park Lane, London W1.
    Left-hand drive chassis number '2647' was sold new to Edmund Hans Bacher, a resident of Rome, Italy and then passed to the famous Italian movie producer, Agostino 'Dino' De Laurentiis. Born in 1918, De Laurentiis was passionate about cinema from an early age and by the age of 21 had produced his first motion picture. His first international success was with 'Bitter Rice (1949) and he later married its star, Silvana Mangano. Over the next three decades he produced countless films, working with such important figures as Carlo Ponti, Federico Fellini, Vittorio De Sica, Roberto Rossellini and Roger Vadim. His work with Fellini resulted in two Oscars: for 'La Strada' (1954) and 'Nights of Cabiria' (1957), both of which received the award for 'Best Foreign Language Film'.
    In 1973 De Laurentiis moved his operations to Hollywood where he was responsible for acclaimed films such as 'Serpico' (1973), 'Death Wish' (1974), 'Three Days of the Condor' (1975), 'The Shootist' (1976), 'Ragtime' (1981), 'Conan the Barbarian' (1982) and 'Blue Velvet' (1986). He worked with some of the industry's top directors including Sidney Lumet, Don Siegel, Miloš Forman, Sydney Pollack, John Milius, John Guillermin, Michael Mann and David Lynch. Although his later work contained some embarrassing flops, it also produced cult classics such as 'King Kong' (1976), 'Dune' (1984), 'Flash Gordon' (1980) and 'Manhunter' (1986). Dino De Laurentiis produced his last motion picture in 2007 and died at his Beverly Hills home on 10th November 2010, aged 91.
    It would appear that Dr Anderson used the Ferrari for only some 8-9 years following its acquisition. The car still carries its last tax disc (expired 1976) and comes with its last MoT certificate, which was issued in June 1975 at 48,509 miles. Only relatively few miles were added to the total before the car was laid up. Accompanying documentation consists of the original UK buff logbook and the aforementioned tax disc and MoT certificate.
    Although its history is not entirely complete, this well-preserved 'barn find' nevertheless represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire an original and untouched early Ferrari 250GTE, ripe for sympathetic restoration by a fortunate new owner.

Saleroom notices

  • The car has recorded 48,700 kilometres, not miles as catalogued.
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