1959 1959 Ferrari 250 GT

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1959
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    104
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

PROVENANCE
Angelo Daniel Caesar, US (acquired circa 1974)
Hilary Raab Jr., Crown Point, Indiana (acquired in 1987)
Michael and Diane Brown, US (acquired by 1995)
Dennis Machul Collection, Chicago, Illinois (acquired from the above)

EXHIBITED
Ferrari Club of America Central States Regional Concours, August 1977 (Third in Class)
Colorado Grand, September 1995

THIS CAR
In 1958, Pinin Farina completed its Grugliasco plant expansion and became capable of larger-scale production. Enzo Ferrari, who was seeking a true series-production road car to stabilize his company’s finances, directed Pinin Farina to design a clean, classic coupe to replace the 250 GT Boano/Ellena. Introduced at the 1958 Paris Auto Show, the Ferrari 250 GT Coupe initially received a mixed reception. While the car’s refined styling delighted many people, critics protested its comparatively subdued presence. The years, however, have proven extraordinarily kind to the 250 GT Coupe and now its pure, exquisite lines are widely regarded as timeless.

This 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe is the 130th of the 353 cars built. It was fitted with the desirable tipo 128D twin distributor, inside-plug engine, three Weber 36 DCL carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes, and Borrani wire wheels. It entered Carrozzeria Pinin Farina on January 29, 1959, and emerged one of just two 250 GT Coupes finished in Blu Artico. Trimmed with a Naturale vinyl and leather interior, it is a striking and elegant example.

Exported new to Luigi Chinetti Motors in New York in April 1959, the car’s early history is unknown. Its first known owner, Angelo Daniel Caesar, exhibited the Coupe at the 1977 Ferrari Club of America Central States Regional Concours, where it earned a Third in Class award. In 1987, the 250 GT was sold to noted Ferrrari collector and historian Hilary Raab Jr. During his ownership, the car was sent to Mundelein, Illinois, for a multiyear restoration by acclaimed Ferrari restorer Skip McCabe. Its 128D 12-cylinder engine was rebuilt by noted Ferrari expert Scott Taylor.

In 1995, Mr. Raab sold 1275 GT to Michael and Diane Brown, who proved the handsome Coupe’s mettle by participating in the Colorado Grand. The Ferrari is now offered from The Dennis Machul Collection. Accompanying the sale are a jack, tool kit, and operating, maintenance, and service handbooks; restoration and maintenance receipts are also included.

This 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe is an extraordinary find in its highly uncommon color combination. The enduring Pinin Farina lines, striking paint, and gleaming brightwork are difficult to deny. Its older restoration remains remarkably fresh, a testament to the devotion of loving caretakers. Recently serviced and awaiting its next adventure, this wonderful grand tourer is an ideal candidate for events like the Copperstate 1000 or the Colorado Grand.