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1957 Ferrari 250 GT Ellena
Engine No. 0807GT
Maroon with Tan Leather
The early Ferrari road cars were produced in very small numbers but by 1955 a publicity brochure described a new model as “the first series-produced vehicle benefiting from the experiences of the race track”. The new model that this brochure described was the second series of Ferrari 250 GTs, which became known as the 250 GT Boano Coupe and 250 GT Ellena Coupe.
At the 1956 Geneva Auto Show, Pininfarina presented a prototype Ferrari 250GT coupe, while Mario Boano displayed a 250GT cabriolet prototype. The production coupe was built by Boano, although to Pininfarina's design. When Boano left his company in 1957 to work for Fiat, a revised version of the coupe was introduced by his son-in-law, Ezio Ellena. The Boano/Ellena cars had a wheelbase of 102 inches, and the engine was a Colombo-designed three-liter V12. The transmission was a four-speed all-synchromesh unit. The 1958 Ellena version eliminated the vent windows of the Boano and raised the roof about two inches for more practical headroom. In total, just 130 of the Boano and Ellena series cars were produced, less than half of which are identified as Ellenas.
This particular matching numbers example was restored to exceptionally high standards by Gary Thieltges of GT Motors in Glendale, California on behalf of the owner Cy Tedor, for display at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance in 1996.
Pebble Beach proved only to be the beginning of this car’s illustrious show career. All told, s/n 0807GT has won virtually every Ferrari Club of America award, including Platinum awards at National meets in 1997, 1998, and 2004. A Coppa Bella Mecchina, Luigi Chinettti, Outstanding GT, and Coast to Coast awards were earned in 1997 when Cy Yedor DROVE THE CAR 2,900 MILES WITHOUT ISSUE from his home in Beverly Hills, to Virginia for the FCA Nationals. A remarkable undertaking indeed, proving that this car is not just correct in cosmetic detail and equipment, but also an impeccable performer. In total, the car logged no less than nine Best In Class wins, among the many other awards garnered.
Today, s/n 0807GT shows incredibly well, and in many ways, remains fresh. The repaint was an exceptionally high quality effort, and is virtually without signs of aging or significant flaws. There are two chips on the vertical facing bumper trim, and one star at the bottom of the right rear quarter panel, at the rear bumper, as well as some very light scuffing adjacent to the areas adjacent to the windshield molding. The balance of the paintwork is mirror-finish and beautiful. The chrome bumpers, mirror, emblems, door and truck handle, taillight housings, and grille surround are all impeccable. The driver’s side headlight rim shows some light pitting. Window glass is very good all around. The car sits on mirror-polished, correct Borrani RW3264 wire wheels, with as-new Englebert tires.
The interior appears as new, with the gauges, headliner, carpet, door panel and seat leather, brightwork and switchgear, as well as the correct Nardi flat wood wheel all in impeccable condition. The under dash area is equally well detailed, and is complete with the IPRA heater unit. There is virtually no age or wear evident anywhere, including the pedal pads. The trunk was fully restored and reupholstered with oatmeal square weave carpet material. A fire extinguisher has been tastefully added for safety.
The engine bay also presents as if it was just restored. Correct Cheney clamps remain, as do correct ancillary decals. A period correct Baroclem battery is employed, as are the correct three-ear air cleaner nuts. This car still carries its original 36 DCL carburetors. The entire engine bay is highly detailed and in need on nothing. The underside is equally nice, and detailed “to eat off of” standards, retaining its belly pan.
In January of 1958, Sports Cars Illustrated called the 250 Ellena Coupe, “a Grand Touring masterpiece without comparables” and went on to say that it had, “racing car performance with the manners and appointments of a true luxury automobile.” Included with the sale of this wonderful example are original books, a factory tool roll, the build sheets, select records from the current and previous ownership periods, and a copy of the May 2002 Forza magazine where s/n 0807GT is the feature of an article on page 46.
Sold on the 30.03.2012
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