<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT

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1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET
Coachwork by Pinin Farina

Chassis no. 1981GT
Engine no. 1981GT

Sold for US$ 1,193,500 inc. premium
1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET
Coachwork by Pinin Farina

Chassis no. 1981GT
Engine no. 1981GT

2,953cc SOHC V-12 Engine
3 Weber Dual-Choke Carburetors
240bhp at 7,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission with Overdrive
Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes


*The 49th of only 200 Series II Cabriolets built
*Formerly part of the collection of Ferrari enthusiast Peter Groh
*Elegant color scheme, both as delivered and as now showing
*A matching numbers example
*The vehicle of choice for playboys and aristocrats alike



THE FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET

By the early 1960s, road car production had ceased to be a sideline for Ferrari and was seen as vitally important to the company's ongoing stability. Thus the 250, Ferrari's first volume-produced model, was of critical importance, though production of the first of the line - the 250 Europa, built from 1953 to '54 - amounted to fewer than twenty cars. The Europa was superseded by the 250GT in 1954, the latter featuring a lighter and more-compact Colombo-designed 3-liter V12 in place of its predecessor's bulkier Lampredi unit. Power output of the single-overhead-camshaft all-aluminum engine was 220bhp at 7,000rpm. Shorter in the wheelbase (by 200mm) than the Europa, 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 previous transverse leaf type. A four-speed, all-synchromesh gearbox transmitted power to the live rear axle, while hydraulic drums all round looked after braking. Four wheel disc brakes arrived late in 1959 and a four-speed-plus-overdrive gearbox the following year.

Multiple carrozzerie offered different body styles on the 250GT chassis, with Scaglietti and Pininfarina producing elegant open-top Spider and Cabriolet models. Exhibited at the 1957 Geneva Salon, the Pininfarina's first 250GT Cabriolet was snapped up by Ferrari works driver Peter Collins, who later had the car converted to disc brakes. After a handful of alternative versions had been built, series production began in July 1957, around 40 250GT Series I Pininfarina Cabriolets being completed before the introduction of the Series II in 1959.

Effectively an open-top version of the Pininfarina-built 250GT Coupe, whose chassis and mechanics it shared, the Series II Cabriolet was built alongside its closed cousin until 1962. Overall design followed that of the Coupe, with short nose and long rear overhang, while a more-vertical windscreen provided greater headroom in the generously sized cockpit. As well as the aforementioned improvements to brakes and transmission, the Series II cars benefited from the latest, 240bhp V12 with outside sparkplugs, coil valve springs and twelve-port cylinder heads. The 250GT was the most successful Ferrari of its time, production of all types exceeding 900 units, of which 200 were Series II Cabriolets.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

1981GT was assembled in Maranello and then sent to Pinin Farina's works in Torino for the fitment of its sleek Cabriolet body. Arriving in Torino on May 11th, 1960 and completed in less than two months, on July 2nd, this Azzurro metallic over vinyl and leather Naturale Cabriolet , the 49th of 200 Series II Cabriolets built, was sold new to Contraves Italia S.p.A. in Rome, Italy.

Little of 1981GT's early history is currently known, but at some point later in its life the striking car was repainted in the current dark red reminiscent of Rosso Rubino over black hides and a tan convertible top. By the mid-1980s, the Cabriolet had found its way to Switzerland in the ownership of vintage racer Kurt Bohrer. During Mr. Bohrer's ownership, receipts show regular mechanical maintenance as well as a September 1986 "complete engine overhaul" at 51,802km and another overhaul in August of 1987, a mere 6,448km later.

By 2006, 1981GT had entered the formative collection of German enthusiast Peter Groh. Groh enjoyed the car but rarely showed it. Appearing at the Techno Classica in Essen, Germany in April of 2010, it was acquired by the currently owner shortly thereafter.

Documented by copies of past receipts and registration documents as well as a report by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, this Pinin Farina Cabriolet still shows very well today and is a lovely and presentable motorcar meant to be driven and enjoyed. Its fine condition is a testament to the gentle use and careful, meticulous maintenance that the car has received during its life. Showing just over 62,600kms on its odometer, it has covered a mere 4,000km in the last 27 years, and retains its matching numbers engine. The elegant and understated color scheme it now wears amplifies the refinement of one of Ferrari's finest Gran Turismos. Turning the key brings the throaty Colombo V12 to life and a drive reveals the Ferrari to be well-suited to high-speed sweeping corners or blasting down the autostrada. Period-correct Michelin X tires shroud the chrome Borrani wire wheels, allowing for a smile-inducing performance in the curves; just enough grip, not too much!

With its ample trunk space, luxurious interior, and a long-legged V12 mated to an overdrive transmission there are few more comfortable and stylish conveniences with which to melt away the miles. Redolent of the dolce vita era, Ferrari's first production convertible was a natural choice for playboys and aristocrats, a silver example serving as David Niven's personal conveyance in the original Pink Panther film and Dominican bon viveur and sometime racing driver Porfirio Rubirosa also choosing one as his personal transport. The chance to join this exclusive club is a rare one; 1981GT is certainly a stylish way to do so.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the engine block number-boss appears to have been re-finished, and does not have a visible engine number stamping. Although the engine block is of the correct type, we do not believe it is the original unit for this car. The timing chain chest does have the correct engine number stamping.
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<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
<b>1960 FERRARI 250GT SERIES II CABRIOLET </b><br />  Chassis no. 1981GT <br />Engine no. 1981GT
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