Ferrari 250 GTE Pininfarina 1963
Chassis no. 4787
Engine no. 4787
•Delivered new to Switzerland
•Original colour combination
•Rare sliding sunroof fitted
•Present (third) owner since 1975
•All records dating back to 1967
•Circa 86,000 kilometres from new
•Maintained regardless of cost
'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 the 250 GTE enjoyed both of these features 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 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, by which time 950 cars had been completed.
Manufactured in 1963 and first registered in 1964, this 250 GTE was first owned by the Radio-Iseli Company in Zürich, Switzerland, passing in 1967 to its second owner, Alfons Barth, an architect in Schönenwerd, Switzerland. The present (third) owner acquired the Ferrari in 1975, since when it has participated in numerous annual Switzerland-Paris 'raids'. Other prestigious events attended include the 2002 historic car meeting at Baden-Baden, receiving a cup for 2nd place, and the 2nd Concours d'Élégance Suisse at Coppet Castle near Geneva in 2017, being honoured with a diploma. In 2013, the owner had celebrated the Ferrari's 50th anniversary by completing a 1,500-kilometre Alpine journey taking in 27 mountain passes within four days, a magnificent achievement that was reported in various motoring journals (copy articles on file).
Its first owner ordered a Coenen-patent sliding sunroof for his Ferrari, which was fitted in Zürich, while more recent additions to the specification include three-point inertia-reel seatbelts, a Sicli fire extinguisher, an ignition safety lock, and a special tool for the Borrani wire wheels. One of this car's most impressive features is its most substantial history file, which contains all invoices for maintenance and repair dating back to 1967 when it was acquired by the second owner (close inspection recommended). Odometer readings are recorded, showing the total increasing from 28,600 kilometres in 1967 to circa 86,000 today. Recent major works include an engine rebuild (in 2001, at 73,837km); re-chroming the Borrani wire wheels (2004), starter motor overhauled (2008), interior leather refurbished (2014), left-side door repaired (2015), ignition and brakes overhauled (2016), and electric fuel pump overhauled (2017).
In addition to the aforementioned documents, the car comes with a dust cover; copies of instruction manuals (in French and Italian); the Baden-Baden 2nd place cup; a Ferrari 250 GTE brochure (in French); Swiss Permis (Veteran); technical inspection (valid until 2020); and a FIVA Identity Card (category A2, issued 2016).
Finished in its original colour combination of dark grey metallic with black interior, this pampered 250 GTE represents an exceptional value-for-money entry into V12 Ferrari ownership.
Please note this motor car is subject to the reduced local import tax should it remains in the EU.
Bonhams is the guarantor of the customs duties and taxes clearance: consequently, this motor car cannot be released to the buyer or his transporter immediately after the sale.
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