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|1957 Ferrari 250 GT "Low Roof" Berlinetta by Boano|
Chassis No.0639 GT EU Supplied & Registered
Millie Miglia Eligible: Matching Numbers.
One of only 67 Coupe’s built.
Enzo Ferrari’s passion was building racing cars; however by 1950 he had come to the conclusion that exclusive road going coupes and convertibles would have to be constructed by the company. There was demand from wealthy followers of Ferrari on the track, and construction of road cars would help fund the racing effort. Early cars were bodied by such coachbuilders as Vignale, Ghia of Turin and Touring of Milan. Ferrari believed that the success of the Scuderia on the racing circuits of the world would attract a customer base for high-performance luxury cars. He was right!
Early Ferrari road cars were built in very small numbers, usually to special customer order, and there was no attempt at standardization. A significant change occurred in 1954 when the Pinin Farina-designed Ferrari 250 Europa GT was launched at the Paris Show. It was Ferrari’s first true production model and the foundation for all of Ferrari’s future 250 models.
The second series of cars, again designed by Pinin Farina, was unveiled at the Geneva Salon in March 1956. Pinin Farina only produced the first few prototypes of this car. At this time the Turin-based coachbuilder was in the process of building a new, much larger production facility, but until it was completed the company would not have the required space to build cars in the quantities now required.
The work was given to another studio, Carrozzeria Boano, headed by Stabilimenti Farina, Pinin Farina and Carrozzeria Ghia designer, Mario Felice Boano. Boano built 67 cars which had slight styling changes to the five cars that Pinin Farina had made; the most notable being a lower wing line. Boano joined Fiat in 1957 as head of design, and Ezio Ellena, Boano’s son-in-law, took over production under the banner of Carrozzeria Ellena. Again there were minor cosmetic changes, in particular a higher roof which prompted the use of the terms “high roof” for the Ellena and “low roof” for the Boano.
The production of #0639 GT commenced in December 1956 with body mounting at the "Carrozzeria Boano" in February 1957. Delivered new in 1957 to the famous Italian publisher and founder of The Republic daily newspaper Giorgio Mondadori of Milan, Italy. Previous owners have included Jim Baxter owner of the famous Lark Lane Motor Museum in Liverpool which is now one of Europe’s leading recording studios.
Purchased in 2003 by the previous owner the 250 GT has been invited and participated with various official Ferrari presentations over the years.The car is presented in concours condition having undergone restoration of chassis / bodywork and interior in 2000. The mechanical restoration was carried out some 2,000 km ago in 2007 by the workshops of "L'Officina, the Ferrari specialist in Brussels.
On our acquisition we commissioned a complete bare metal repaint with one of the UK leading Ferrari restoration companies to present #0639 GT in the correct Ferrari period production paint finish of is Argeto Autiel over Vechia Ferrochi .
Accompanying the car is its comprehensive restoration invoices and current EU title document and FIVA identity card. A unique opportunity to acquire a highly collectable ultra-low volume Ferrari 250 Coupe in absolutely superb order.
Sold on the 17.09.2012
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