1956 FERRARI  250 GT ALLOY COUPE  Chassis no. 0609GT Engine no. 0609GT

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Lot 44
Well-documented and matching numbers example
Expertly restored in 2013

1956 FERRARI 250 GT ALLOY COUPE
US$ 1,500,000 - 1,800,000
€ 1,300,000 - 1,600,000

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1956 FERRARI 250 GT ALLOY COUPE
Coachwork by Boano

Chassis no. 0609GT
Engine no. 0609GT

2,953cc SOHC V12 Engine
Triple Weber Carburetors
240bhp at 7,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
Front Independent Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*One of circa 12 Alloy Boanos built
*Expertly restored in 2013
*Veteran of the California Mille and Colorado Grand
*Well-documented and matching numbers example
*Accompanied by Marcel Massini history and service invoices



THE BOANO-BODIED 250 GT

In the mid 1950s, automotive designer Mario Felice Boano left the employment of Ghia, a company he had bought after the death of the firm's founder in 1944. Working among a design pool that included Giovanni Savonuzzi and occasional collaborator Virgil Exner, Boano had contributed to some of the era's most archetypal designs, including the Fiat Supersonic, Lancia Aurelia GT, and several notable Alfa Romeos.

The carrozzeria he founded under his own name in 1956 was co-managed by his son, and the two men quickly set about fulfilling independent contracts at their Grugliasco-based shop. Well familiar with Enzo Ferrari from his stint at Ghia, Boano soon received an order to build cabriolets based on Ferrari's new series-built 250 GT chassis. His prototype was shown at the March 1956 Geneva Motor Show along with a Pinin Farina built coupe and a similarly designed 410 Super America.

Ironically the roles of the two coachbuilders were ultimately switched, with Pinin Farina taking on coachbuilding duties for the new 250 GT cabriolets, and Boano receiving the order for the line of coupes that would replace the outgoing 250 Europa GT. Boano built approximately 88 examples of the 250 GT coupe through late 1957, largely replicating Pinin Farina's original design with the exception of removing a small shoulder haunch in favor of one straight unadorned beltline.

The Boano coupe's low roof and rounded rear glass notably became style motifs for the upcoming Super Americas, a strong indication of the design's favor. Generally considered to be the first series-built Ferrari, the 250 GT Boano coupe was also distinguished by handsome foglamps positioned within the egg-crate grille, a feature absent from the 1958 Ellena-bodied successors that replaced the model until Pinin Farina took over coupe production.

Characterized by exquisite form, rarity, and handbuilt craftsmanship, the 250 GT Boano coupes have become increasingly collectable as the design's appeal has aged exceptionally well, resembling today's chop-top custom hot rods. The model retains a special place in the Ferrari lineage as the first series-built 250 GT road car, a cachet that is matched only by its timelessly elegant appearance and boutique coachbuilt quality.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Chassis no. 0609 GT is approximately the 52nd example of 88 low-roof Boano-bodied 250 GT chassis. The coachwork was desirably constructed entirely in lightweight alloy, giving this car an improved power-to-weight ratio, and superior overall performance compared to a steel-bodied example. It is believed to be one of as few as a dozen such alloy-bodied Boanos, which were likely built for competition-minded privateers.

According to a history by marque expert Marcel Massini, a factory certificate of origin was issued on January 21, 1957, and this 250 GT was equipped with a 3-liter 128B motor, the torquey early iteration of the Colombo short-block 3-liter V-12. The original factory color scheme is currently unknown, but it is entirely possible the car was finished in a two-tone livery as currently configured, considering that dual color combinations with offset roofs were particularly common with the Boano design.

In April 1957, this 250 GT was sold by Enzo Ferrari to its first owner of record, Luciano Pacini of Rome. Registered with tags reading "Roma 286041," the Ferrari was purchased in December 1957 by the Societa Immobiliare Agricola Rifugio, and the car continued to be domiciled in Rome for the next three years.

In February 1960, the Boano was purchased by Giuseppe Casagrande of Naples, Italy, after which the historical record of the unique 250 GT disappears until the 1980s. Like many great vintage Ferraris, 0609 GT was acquired during the 1980s by the Swedish collector Hans Thulin, who infamously amassed a great assemblage of important sports cars and vintage classics before having to liquidate his collection in the early 1990s.

In 1989 the Ferrari was offered at auction in Monaco, and was soon acquired by Robert Beachem of England. Shortly thereafter the Boano benefited from a round of restorative measures by Colin Clarke Engineering of London, as clarified by invoices in the car's file. Passing to John Collins' esteemed Talacrest Ltd., the 250 GT was sold in July 1997 to Robert Korastinsky, an American citizen residing in Basel, Switzerland. Under his ownership, the coupe was inspected and certified by the FIA, with a technical passport being issued in September 1997.

Registered on Swiss license plates in August 1998, the alloy-bodied 250 GT was entered in the Mille Miglia Storica in May 2002, but did not start the race. The beautiful car was transported to Germany at some point over the following few years and domiciled in Gieseng, outside of Munich. As he was well into his eighties, Mr. Korastinsky was unfortunately beset by health issues, and was compelled to sell the Boano in August 2012. 0609 GT was then purchased by Mario Bernardi of Hannover, who conducted a mechanical restoration during January 2013.

In June 2013 the Boano was sold to the consignor, who prior to delivery commissioned Mr. Bernardi to conduct a full cosmetic restoration to concours standards. The exterior was repainted in ivory white with a contrasting red roof, while the interior was trimmed with matching red leather. After completion of the restoration in January 2014, the car was imported to the United States and the consignor soon began enjoying it, participating in the California Mille in April 2014, and the Colorado Grand 1,000 in September.

Also the subject of a feature in the German Ferrari World magazine, this rare alloy Boano is documented with a thick folder of invoices and related materials, including ACI registrations, the FIA passport application, a FIVA card, and correspondence with Maranello Concessionaires confirming original factory numbers. Currently displaying approximately 74,960 kms, this alloy-bodied 250 GT is fitted with Simpson four-point competition harnesses, making it ideally equipped for further vintage rallying pursuits.

With its early build date, the car is eligible for nearly every major vintage rally event, including the California Mille, Copperstate 1,000, Colorado Grand, and the king of them all, the Mille Miglia Storica. Also beautifully prepared for top-tier exhibitions, this Boano coupe is sure to be welcomed at FCA corrals and marque events, as well as premium concour d'elegance. It is the living embodiment of la belle macchina, and it would make a brilliant addition to any collection.

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