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Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II

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Es war ein Prozess. Die erste Serie der Pininfarina-Cabriolets des 250 GT, gebaut ab 1957 und beschrieben hier, hatten gar nie so recht abgehoben. 40 Stück entstanden, dann gab das Pininfarina-Coupé als ernsthafte Konkurrenz – und dann natürlich auch den sportlicheren California Spyder. Doch sowohl Ferrari wie auch Pininfarina spürten, dass da mehr möglich sein musste, also wurde schon 1959 in Paris eine zweite Serie des Cabrios vorgestellt, die optisch eng mit dem Coupé verwandet war. Doch in Maranello benutzte man auch gleich noch die Möglichkeit, dem neuen Modell die letzten technischen Verbesserungen angedeihen zu lassen, Scheibenbremsen rundum zum Beispiel, auch wurde die stärkste Version des Colombo-Zwölfzylinders verwendet, 128F. Und so waren die Cabriolet Series II so ein bisschen etwas vom Besten, was die 250-GT-Reihe in ihrer spannenden Geschichte hergaben, der wahre Gran Turismo (und oftmals schneller unterwegs als die California Spider).

Wahrscheinlich entstanden 201 Exemplare – für die wir hier auch eine Sammlung beginnen wollen.

Chassis-Nummer: 1213 GT
Motorennummer: (nicht mehr original, 3927)

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Monterey 2015, verkauft für 1’320’000 Dollar, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «Presented here is the very first example of the two hundred 250 GT Series II Cabriolets built by Ferrari. Astute historians will be quick to note that this car falls well before the final Series I Cabriolet (1475 GT). As such, this car was the prototype for the model and exhibits a handful of unique features not seen on Series I or Series II Cabriolets, making it stand out amongst its siblings. The body is fitted with distinctive side louvers, similar to those seen on the 500 Superfast and later on the 250 GTE and 330 GTS, and a hood scoop. Inside, the rearview mirror was fitted to the top of the windscreen rather than on the top of the dashboard, and the swing-out ashtray can be found in the lower part of the dashboard rather than on the transmission tunnel. Perhaps the most notable mechanical upgrade was the installation of Dunlop disc brakes over the drum brakes used in Series I Cabriolets. The car was originally finished in Nero Tropicale, but soon after, it was refinished in Grigio Perla Chiaro by the factory, yet it still retained its original Rosso Vivo Connolly leather interior (VM 8300) with a Nero convertible top.
About a month after the car was completed, 1213 GT was sold new to its first owner, Maria Amelia da Silva José DeMelo, of Lisbon, Portugal, the wife of one of the owners of Mocar, the Portuguese Alfa Romeo and Peugeot importer at that time. In 1963, 1213 GT was purchased by Carlos Marcelino Correia Sabino Pereira in Lisbon. Pereira owned the car for two years and then traded it for a new Jaguar at the dealership A.M. Almeida. The car was repainted red while in the care of A.M. Almeida. It was sold again in 1966 to Luis das Neves, the brother of Portuguese racing driver Ernesto Neves, and passed later that year to André Gonçalves Pereia, a well-known lawyer. In his ownership, Pereia repainted the car white. It is believed that during this time the car was fitted with its current engine, a 128F-type Colombo V-12 sourced from a 250 GTE, chassis number 3927. This is a later “outside-plug” engine, which replaced the earlier 128D’s siamesed cylinders with six separate ports on each bank, and it is an engine generally considered to be more desirable than its earlier counterparts.»

Chassis-Nummer: 1775 GT
Motorennummer: 1775 GT

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island 2012, verkauft für 770’000 Dollar.

Chassis-Nummer: 1779 GT
Motorennummer: 1779 GT

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Maranello 2017, verkauft für 1’381’400 Euro. Erster Besitzer war Umberto Agnelli.

Chassis-Nummer: 1805 GT
Motorennummer: (nicht mehr original)

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island 2012, verkauft für 770’000 Dollar. Wurde «Toulo» De Graffenried ausgeliefert, erster Besitzer war ein Schweizer namens Rubois. Stand lange im Genfer Auto-Museum. Dann: RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island 2019, Schätzpreis 1’150’000 bis 1’300’000 Dollar, nicht verkauft (Bilder unten).

Chassis-Nummer: 1879 GT
Motoren-Nummer: 1879 GT

Auktion: Gooding & Co., Amelia Island 2024, noch kein Schätzpreis.

Chassis-Nummer: 1881 GT
Motorennummer: 1881 GT

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, London 2016, verkauft für 1’288’000 Pfund.

Chassis-Nummer: 1939 GT
Motorennummer: (nicht mehr original)

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Monterey 2013, verkauft für 1’292’500 Dollar. Und dann später: RM Sotheby’s, Arizona 2018, verkauft für 1’407’500 Dollar (Bilder unten).

Chassis-Nummer: 1941GT

Motoren-Nummer: 1941GT

Getriebe-Nummer: ?

Karosserie-Nummer: 740

Produktionsdatum: (ausgeliefert im Juni 1960 an Ferrari of California, John von Neumann)

Original-Farbe: Grigio Conchiglia

Interieur: rosso

Erster Besitzer: Jean Pierre Alvin Overgood

Auktionen: RM Sotheby’s, Paris 2022, Schätzpreis 950’000 bis 1’250’000 Dollar, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «This example is part of the early production run, leaving the Maranello factory finished in Grigio Conchiglia over a Rosso leather and vinyl interior. The car was delivered to John von Neumann’s official dealership Ferrari Representatives of California, in June 1960, and subsequently sold to its first owner, Mr. Jean Pierre Alvin Overgood of California. At some point in the 1960s or early-1970s, chassis number 1941GT was subject to a “covered headlight” conversion by Tom Meade, the noteworthy Ferrari modifier. In 1976, this cabriolet is recorded as being owned by a Mr. Noel Thompson of Morristown, New Jersey, and was next offered for sale in February 1987, by Thomas Barrett of Scottsdale, Arizona. It is believed that the Series II Cabriolet was sold to Europe at this time and reportedly had its front suspension and engine repaired by Jarls Bilverkstad of Sweden in early 1994. This 250 GT Cabriolet was acquired by Monsieur Petitjean at an auction in Monaco in May 1995, and has been enjoyed by him over the years while on the French Riviera. In 2005 the car’s engine was showing its age and Monsieur Petitjean chose to have the engine fully rebuilt by marque specialists. In 2015 and 2016 1941GT was exhibited at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, France for the French Riviera Classic Motor Show. In the autumn of 2017, the Ferrari was shown at the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat held on the Côte d’Azur, where it achieved first prize in the “Moderne” category. Enjoyed by Monsieur Petitjean over many summers on the French Riviera. Please note, this car will need a full service prior to use. A cherished member of Monsieur Petitjean’s collection for 26 years, 1941GT provides a wonderful opportunity to acquire a fascinating and rare offering of an early-production and matching-numbers example of Ferrari’s celebrated 250 GT Series II Cabriolet».

Als Nächstes: RM Sotheby’s, Monaco 2024, Schätzpreis 1’000’000 bis 1’200’000 Euro. Zwar frisch lackiert, aber nicht in der originalen Farbe.

Chassis-Nummer: 1983 GT
Motorennummer: 1983 GT

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Paris 2018, Schätzpreis 1’200’000 bis 1’400’000 Euro, nicht verkauft. Hatte bis 2018 nur zwei Vorbesitzer.

Chassis-Nummer: 2007GT

Motoren-Nummer: 2007

Getriebe-Nummer: ?

Karosserie-Nummer: 29753

Produktionsdatum: Juli 1960

Original-Farbe: Oro Longchamps (MM 16288)

Interieur: Naturale

Erster Besitzer: Mr. Shapiro.

Auktionen: RM Sotheby’s, Monterey 2018, Schätzpreis 1’300’000 bis 1’600’000 Dollar.

Chassis-Nummer: 2047 GT
Motorennummer: 2047 GT

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Monterey 2015, Schätzpreis 1’800’000 bis 2’000’000 Dollar, nicht verkauft.

Chassis-Nummer: 2071GT

Motoren-Nummer: 2071GT

Getriebe-Nummer: ?

Karosserie-Nummer: ?

Produktionsdatum: ?

Original-Farbe: Grigio Argento

Interieur: Nero

Erster Besitzer: ausgeliefert an Garage Francorchamps (Jacques Swaters); Jean Blaton (besser bekannt als «Beurlys»)

Weitere Besitzer: Luigi Chinetti (ab 1964); Mr. Gilbertson; Ken Gerber (ab 1978 bis 2010)

Auktionen: Bonhams, The Zoute Sale, Oktober 2019, Schätzpreis 1’200’000 bis 1’600’000 Euro, nicht verkauft.

Chassis-Nummer: 2093 GT
Motorennummer: 2093 GT

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island 2014, verkauft für 1’760’000 Dollar. Mister Pray, ein bekannter amerikanischer Sammler, hatte 1969 stolze 2920 Dollar für dieses Fahrzeug bezahlt – er pflegte es für die nächsten 45 Jahre.

Chassis-Nummer: 2125 GT
Motorennummer: 2125 GT

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Villa Erba 2015, verkauft für 1’568’000 Euro. Erster Besitzer war Pierre Schlumberger.

Chassis-Nummer: 2135 GT

Motoren-Nummer: 2135

Auktion: Gooding & Co., Pebbler Beach 2022, noch kein Schätzpreis

Chassis-Nummer: 2153 GT
Motorennummer: 2153 GT

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Arizona 2016, verkauft für 1’620’000 Euro. Original war Blu Sera (16439 MM) mit Pelle Naturale (VM 3309), ausgeliefert wurde dieses Ferrari 250 GT Cabrio der zweiten Serie nach Belgien. Es kam dann in die USA, wurde zuerst grün, dann rot, irgendwann wieder blau. Und das ist gut so.

Chassis-Nummer: 2381

Motoren-Nummer: 2381

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Villa Erba 2023 (Aurora Collection), Schätzpreis 1’200’000 bis 1’400’000 Euro, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «One of 200 examples built by Ferrari, this second-series 250 GT Cabriolet – chassis 2381—, was the 112th example made, and began life at Pininfarina’s Grugliasco plant on 30 December 1960. After completion, it was sold via the Milanese Ferrari dealer, Crepaldi Automobili, to a resident of Milan, in May 1961. Its original specification was Verde Abete Savid—or Spruce Green—over a Pelle Beige interior. While its earlier history is still to be uncovered, the car is noted to have been exported to the USA, later seen having been painted red, and subsequently reappeared at auction in 2006. Throughout 2007 and 2008, the car was noted by the marque expert Marcel Massini to have been restored and refinished in black over black by Classic Restoration Denver, Englewood, Colorado. In March 2008, the 250 GT Cabriolet was awarded Ferrari Classiche certification, and the car is offered for sale with its coveted “Red Book”. According to factory data, chassis 2381 retains its matching-numbers body, chassis, engine, and rear axle. The consigning owner bought the car at auction in 2008 before registering it in Monaco, and has since enjoyed the open-topped Ferrari on the sun-kissed Côte d’Azur roads. In July 2013, the 250 GT was entrusted to Monaco Motors, which rebuilt the four-speed gearbox and overdrive at a cost of €14,044».

Chassis-Nummer: 2473 GT
Motorennummer: 2473 GT

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, New York 2013, verkauft für 2’035’000 Dollar. Hatte ab Werk ein Hardtop – war ursprünglich Weiss (12435) sowie innen blau (VM 3087). Und ist eines von nur sechs Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet der zweiten Serie mit gedeckten Frontlampen.

Chassis-Nummer: 2489 GT

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Arizona 2024, Schätzpreis 1’500’000 bis 1’700’000 Dollar, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «According to the research of marque expert Marcel Massini, chassis number 2489 GT is the 124th example built, and it was dispatched to Pininfarina’s Grugliasco factory in February 1961 to be clothed in cabriolet coachwork finished in Amaranto Roma paint and trimmed in Natural Tan vinyl and leather upholstery. Of particular note, the Ferrari was equipped with an extremely rare removable hardtop with a sunroof, a highly desirable factory component that remains with the car today. Distributed in June 1961 to J.H. Keller AG, an official marque dealer in Zurich, Switzerland, the Ferrari was quickly sold to a well-heeled woman by the name of Tora, whose husband was the director of a bank in Zurich. Mrs. Tora retained possession of the cabriolet for 15 years before selling it in 1976 to Ernst Wanzenreid of Bern. The second owner kept the car for another 15 years, ultimately trading it in 1991».

Chassis-Nummer: 2533 GT
Motorennummer: 2533 GT

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Villa Erba 2013, verkauft für 834’400 Euro. Später: RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island 2021, verkauft für 1’490’000 Dollar. Dieses Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series 2 wurde im September 1961 nach Rom ausgeliefert, lackiert in Grigio Conchiglia (16249 MM) und mit blauem Interieur (VM 3087). Es kam über Kalifornien in den 80er Jahren zuerst in die Schweiz, damals rot.

Dann ging es weiter  über die Niederlande, Belgien, wieder Holland und Italien zurück nach Kalifornien, wo es so nah wie möglich am Original restauriert wurde. #2533GT verfügt noch über das originale Autovox-Radio sowie die originale Hirschmann-Antenne. Und als Besonderheit über einen einzelnen Talbot-Rückspiegel.

Chassis-Nummer: 2587GT

Motoren-Nummer: 2587

Getriebe-Nummer: 221E

Produktionsdatum: Juli 1961

Original-Farbe: Grigio Fumo

Interieur: Beige

Erster Besitzer: Daniel Balozian (Kalifornien)

Auktionen: RM Sotheby’s, Monterey 2018, Schätzpreis 1’650’000 bis 1’800’000 Dollar.

Chassisnummer: 2683

Motorenummer: 2683

Produktionsdatum: Juli 1961

erster Besitzer: Georges Baud (Paris)

Original-Farbe: Bianco (MM12435)

Interieur: nero (VM85000)

Auktionen: RM Sotheby’s, Monterey 2022, noch kein Schätzpreis.

Chassis-Nummer: 2931

Motoren-Nummer: 2931

Auktion: RM Sotheby’s, Villa Erba 2023 (Aurora Collection), Schätzpreis 1’000’000 bis 1’400’000 Euro, angeboten mit folgendem Text: «Chassis 2931, the 145th of just 200 examples of the Series II Cabriolet made, started life within Pininfarina’s Grugliasco factory in July 1961. The coachbuilder had finished its work by September, and the complete car left the Ferrari factory in October 1961. Originally specified in Grigio Scuro over a Pelle Beige Connolly leather interior, chassis 2931 was delivered new to Remo Gualdieri, a resident in Naples, Italy, in November 1961. The car would reside in its home country until the late-1960s, when it was imported to the United States by legendary American Ferrari importer, Luigi Chinetti. In 1970, via his Chinetti Motors dealership in Greenwich, Connecticut, Chinetti sold chassis 2931 to one Mr. Rush, also a resident of Greenwich. Rush is documented as having the car serviced at Chinetti’s dealership over the next several years, at which point the car was noted to be finished in black. Over the next two decades, the car would pass to two other American owners before returning to Europe. In the early-2000s, chassis 2931 was acquired by Klaas Zwart, founder of Ascari Cars, at which point it was noted to be finished in silver with a black interior. According to factory records, the Ferrari retains its matching-numbers chassis and engine. Several instances of a body number stamped “945” can be found around the car, matching its Pininfarina body number of 29945. On the front and rear undertrays, its full body number can be seen. In current configuration, the Ferrari is finished in red over a tan leather interior. It joined The Aurora Collection in March 2012. In February 2013, the car was certified by Ferrari Classiche, as is documented by an accompanying digital scan that is available to view in the history file. Bidders should note that its printed Classiche “Red Book” has been misplaced, and its next owner will need to contact Ferrari Classiche directly to discuss recertification».

Chassis-Nummer: 2943 GT

Verkauft über Tom Hartley Jr..

Chassis-Nummer: 3009GT

Motoren-Nummer: 3009GT

Getriebe-Nummer: 255 E

Karosserie-Nummer: 29753

Produktionsdatum: November 1961

Original-Farbe: Verde Italver (6012)

Interieur: Natural Franzi (NR1)

Erster Besitzer: ausgeliefert an Luigi Chinetti; Angelo Roma (New York, Januar 1962).

Auktionen: RM Sotheby’s, Monterey 2019, Schätzpreis 1’500’000 bis 1’800’000 Dollar, nicht verkauft.

Chassis-Nummer: 3311

Steht zum Verkauf bei British & Sportscars, Preis: 1’700’000 Euro (März 2024).

Chassis-Nummer: 3459GT

Motoren-Nummer: 3459

Getriebe-Nummer: ?

Produktionsdatum: Juli 1962

Original-Farbe: Grigio Notte (MM 18933)

Interieur: Rosso (VM 3171)

Erster Besitzer: Pezziol GB S.p.A.

Auktionen: RM Sotheby’s, Monaco 2018, zugeschlagen für 1’692’000 Euro.

Chassis-Nummer: 3517

Steht zum Verkauf bei British & Sportscars, Preis auf Anfrage (März 2024).

Chassis-Nummer: 3783
Motoren-Nummer: 3783

Auktion: Artcurial, Paris 2024, Schätzpreis 1’600’000 bis 1’800’000 Euro, angeboten mit folgendem Text – siehe unten, Kommentare (denn das wird hier sonst zu lang…)

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  1. This Ferrari 250 GT Convertible Series 2, #3783, is one of the most „glamourous“ models of the 1960s, even of the history of automobiles. It remained in production from 1959 to 1962 in its Series 2 form, with a total of 200 examples (preceded by two prototypes) in the series of chassis numbers 1537 GT to 3807 GT. This particular example is one of the last Series 2 produced. Bearing the chassis number 3783 GT, it was followed by only two other 250 GT convertibles, chassis number 3803 GT and 3807 GT.
    The chassis 3783 GT was delivered in May 1962 to Pininfarina who manufactured the car under number Pf29998 with „Grigio Notte“ (dark grey) paint, black upholstery and an optional hardtop. According to Ferrari records, this car was back at the factory on the 27th October 1962 and had European specifications. Simultaneously, Ferrari received an order for a 250 GT convertible from Luigi Chinetti in the United States, for a customer who wanted a specific colour from the Fiat colour chart, „Giallo/Arancio“ (orange yellow, Italver code 6450), with blue leather upholstery (Connolly code VM 3015). In a letter dated 12th January 1963, Ferrari asked Pininfarina for a quote to modify the colour of the 3783 GT to „Giallo/Arancio“ as requested by Luigi Chinetti.
    As there was no mention of change in upholstery colour, we can therefore assume that the car was originally white with blue leather interior, despite what was previously stated. In a letter dated 23rd January sent to Ferrari, Luigi Chinetti mentioned another request from his client, the presence of a monogram with his initials „T.W.L“ on the doors. Once returned from Pininfarina with its new colour, the car was converted to American specifications, which was mostly about replacing the speedometer to one graduated in miles and taillights in red cabochons instead of red/orange versions intended for the European market. Additionally, the car came with two spare wheels, instead of the usual single one.
    Once ready, it was sent to the United States in March 1963, along with a 250 GTE for another customer and three cars planned for the New York Motor Show: another 250 GTE, a 250 GT Lusso and a 400 SA. This 250 GT convertible was then delivered to its first owner, Mr. TW Lippert in Michigan, where it was first registered as NC 5439. It was then passed into the hands of several American owners, including two well-known members of the Ferrari Club of America (FCA), starting with Manfred Lampe (now a Ferrari 512S/M specialist). Editor of the club’s newsletter „Prancing Horse“ between 1968 and 1984, he acquired 3783 GT in 1978. His main occupation was at the Ford styling studio but when his professional career took him to Europe in 1981, he then sold 3783 GT to Ernest Beutler, President of the club from 1973 to 1977. The latter kept the car for four years, before putting it up for sale as a „restoration project“. It was then purchased by another FCA member, R. Shimmell (also a Michigan resident), who carried out a restoration of the car including a meticulous disassembly, along with labelling and storing all parts in relevant boxes. But like many similar projects, this one did not come to fruition. After a bit of cleaning and painting of the chassis, the restoration did not progress and 3783 GT remained in pieces for 30 years.
    Then, the owner finally decided to put it back together as is and offered it at auction. This partial reassembly was carried out by Auto Turismo in New Milford (Connecticut), who put it back into working order but in need of repair, with a certain amount of parts still in their boxes. This 250 GT convertible was offered at auction in August 2017 at Pebble Beach, where it was purchased by the current owner.
    Following its acquisition, 3783 GT was shipped to its hometown Maranello for a full restoration supervised by Toni Auto.

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