Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Series III Coupé 1963
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Pininfarina
Chassis no. 4093 GT
Engine no. 4093 GT
•The first of 300 Series III cars built with desirable overdrive
•Delivered new to Jacques Swaters' Garage Francorchamps, Belgium
•No-expense-spared restoration in 2005
•Electric power steering fitted
•Ferrari Classiche Certified, Marcel Massini report on file
'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 250 GTE 2+2 debuted in the summer of 1960. Ferrari's first four-seater, the 250 GTE 2+2 was directly descended from the most commercially successful Ferrari of its day, the 250 GT. 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 250 GT 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 250 GTE 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 stylist 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 250 GT'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 250 GTE evolved through three series, changes being mainly confined to the dashboard layout and exterior lighting arrangements, remaining in production until 1963.
Bodied by Carrozzeria Pininfarina, '4093 GT' is the first of the sought after 300 Series III cars completed out of a total production run of 954 units, and was fitted from new with the desirable overdrive gearbox. In January 1963, this particular car was used to illustrate a revision in the 250 GTE's homologation papers, which shows the fog lamps in the front wings and the one-piece taillights. Later that same month the Ferrari was delivered new to Jacques Swaters' celebrated Garage Francorchamps in Brussels, Belgium and sold to its first owner.
Subsequently, the car was sold to a new owner in Switzerland, Eduard Nievergelt, who showed it at Ferrari's 50th Anniversary celebrations at Maranello and Rome. Mr Nievergelt also drove the car to the Ferrari Owners' Club Switzerland's Annual Meeting at Weggis-Lucerne, Switzerland in June 2002. Sold by Mr Nievergelt, 4093 GT' was then treated to a full, body off, 'last nut and bolt' restoration by Touring Cars, Switzerland, the works being completed in 2005. Belonging to the current owner for the last six years, the car is offered from his very well maintained private collection of Ferraris. Maintenance invoices issued 2012-2016 by L'Officina, Brussels totalling approximately €24,000 are on file. Presented in beautiful condition, this matching numbers 250 GTE is offered with tool kit, a Massini Report, and the all-important Ferrari Classiche certification.
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