1965 ASA 1000 GT
Year of manufacture1965
Chassis n° 01238
- Beautiful presentation
- Rare, desirable model
- A real GT, the first ever "baby" Ferrari
This ASA chassis number 01238 was first registered in September 1964 as red with a blue interior and delivered new in 1965 to Jules Robert in Belgium. Christophe Pund has traced its ownership and suggests it had three more Belgian owners before being offered for sale by the famous specialist in competition cars, Rudy Pas. It went through a total restoration and was advertised in the magazine "Cavallino". Bought by P. Arnouts, it was then exhibited at Raamsdonkveer in the Dutch National Museum, later known as the Louwman Museum. Sold at auction in Paris December 1998, catalogued then as an ASA 411, it was resold in December 2001 and then again in 2006 by Christophe Pund to Françis de Prins.
The present owner bought the car in 2011. It had scarcely been used since the Dutch specialist Van Giersbergen had rebuilt the engine five years earlier, and its bodywork needed redoing. The car was given a major service and restoration work was carried out between 2012 and 2015 to recommission it. The bodywork was taken in hand, the sills were replaced, any corrosion was treated and the car was resprayed Venetian Blue, a Ferrari/ ASA colour. The restoration took 18 months and cost the owner more than 23,000 euros. The owner is a friend of the former president of the Aldo Cigogni club and of Gabriele Terzi, both of them enthusiastic custodians of the history of the first baby Ferrari. The car is maintained by RPM in Paris and has had a major service by the specialists, Terzi. This ASA is one of the last 1000 GTs to be built, featuring a 411 coachwork with the sloping headlights. At least two similar cars exist in France. It has the second version of the four speed gearbox with overdrive.
The car is offered now in magnificent condition, its interior splendidly patinated, its dashboard sporting an array of Jaeger instruments and its original Nardi steering wheel. Its shut lines are correctly aligned and the chrome work scarcely shows any signs of wear. The car is never used in the rain. Mechanically, it is in very good tune, it is lively and starts easily. The oil pressure is good and while the engine enjoys high revs, it's just as pleasant to drive at 3,000 rpm with a healthy bark under acceleration. The steering is precise, the road holding exceptional and the brakes are effective. This featherweight displays all the qualities for which Maranello is famed!
The car is offered with its history prepared by Christophe Pun, a copy of the 1979 advertisement in "Cavallino", the bills and papers relating to its restoration, copies of its homologation papers, and its handbooks. A large file of tests and history from the club will also be handed over to the buyer.
Well cared for and in lovely condition, this ASA 1000 is one of some 90 ASA 1000 GT Coupéés built. What we have is a very rare car, a thoroughbred with road going qualities which will give as much satisfaction as its larger engined rivals.