1959 Ferrari 250GT Coupé
Year of manufacture1959
A gentleman’s Ferrari in every sense, the 250 GT coupé with Pinin Farina coachwork was the definitive Italian grand tourer of the late fifties. The second series looked very similar to its earlier namesake though four-wheel disc brakes, overdrive, and particularly, the more capable outside-plug 250 engine, made for a much-improved driving experience.
This “PF coupé” was the seventh second series example produced and delivered new to Giacomo Cuoghi, who resided in Modena, not far from Ferrari’s own facilities. In February 1967, ownership passed to Andreoli Vittoria, who then sold 1533 GT to Tom Meade a little over two years later. Meade quickly sold it on to Rip Martin of Los Angeles on 2 July 1969, noting that it was now fitted with the present and correct-type engine (internal number 648F, an original spare engine) and it was promptly exported. By 2006, it was with William Senyak as a restoration project. It was exported to England via Tom Shaughnessy in 2012. Soon after arriving in England a comprehensive restoration was performed by GTB Restorations.
Finished elegantly in Blue Notte (Dark Blue) with interior trimmed in supple Connolly hides of tan leather, this fastidiously restored 250 GT is stunning in every detail. Along with the cosmetic restoration, all the mechanicals were fully rebuilt, including the correct-type engine. The superb quality of this classic Ferrari has been rewarded with invitations to several classic car shows including the 2017 Warren Concours d’Elegance in England, where it garnered a class win. In addition, the restoration was featured in the February 2018 issue of Classic Cars magazine.
The PF coupé is a grand touring machine in the greatest Italian tradition. More at home cruising the coastline of the South of France than rocketing down the Mulsanne Straight, these cars were built for the individual that respected Ferrari’s racing pedigree yet wanted something more civilized and comfortable than its racing counterparts. Chassis 1533 GT fits this description perfectly.
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