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At the height of Ferrari’s sports car racing dominance, the 250 GTE was Maranello’s first four-seat road car and is largely credited with financing Ferrari’s racing program. Built to be a luxurious grand tourer, its architecture was based on the 250 GT LWB. To accommodate four passengers, the 240 hp V-12 engine and four-speed overdrive gearbox was moved several inches forward in the chassis, necessitating revised front-end sheet metal. A raised roofline rearward of the B-pillar created the additional headroom required to add rear seats. The car first broke cover at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 1960, driven by the track marshal, and was officially unveiled at the Paris salon that October.

This stunning 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE was purchased by the 1956 Canadian Winter Rally Champion Neil Bryson in 1983 and has remained with his family for more than 40 years. Mr. Bryson was also a founding member of the 250 GTE Register. Receipts on file totaling over $267,000 CDN, chronicle over 40 years of maintenance, including a recent extensive restoration which uncovered several fascinating details. Originally thought to have left the factory finished in Blu Sera (Blue Dusk), when stripped to bare metal, dark brown paint was discovered beneath the blue. Additionally, blue overspray was noted on the original headliner. Mr. Bryson opted to return the car to its apparent original hue of Marrone, the rich dark brown it wears today. Against the Pelle Beige Franzi (Saddle Orange Leather) interior, installed by Ed Mann, trimmer for Ferrari of Ontario, Canada in 2000, it projects a stunningly sophisticated appearance. Other notable discoveries included a slightly extended nose with a steeper rise than other production GTEs, as well as evidence of formerly louvered sail panels, which were installed during its restoration. Ferrari historian David Wheeler, author of Ferrari 250 GTE: The Family Car that Funded the Racing, which prominently features this 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE, has referred to chassis 2831 as “a very special GTE.”

While in the Bryson family’s care, the car has received some tasteful modifications, including a later-style split-exhaust manifold to allow for a 250 SWB-style exhaust with SNAP extractors, revised door panels with map pockets, a rear luggage shelf with leather tie-downs (and a discreet button, below which is an anchor for a child’s seat), period-correct Heuer Monte Carlo stopwatches, and a hood modified to incorporate a 250 GT SWB-style hood scoop.

This 1961 Ferrari GTE represents a rare opportunity to acquire a unique and remarkable example following more than 40 years of cherished and active family ownership. A Ferrari Club of America concours winner and event veteran, this impressive grand tourer stands eligible for all manner of enjoyment – be it rally, tour, or show. Offered with a copy of its factory build sheet, books, documentation, original hood, additional wheels and spare parts, this special 250 GTE must be a serious consideration for the Ferrari aficionado.

*Please note that this vehicle is titled as 250GTE2831.

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