Villa Erba

27 May 2017

1960 Ferrari 250 GT Coupé Series II by Pinin Farina

  • Chassis no. 1617 GT
  • Engine no. 1617 GT

  • Beautifully restored in its original colours
  • Retains its original engine
  • The 244th of 355 examples produced

The 244th example produced of 355 total 250 GT Coupes built, chassis number 1617 GT was produced by Ferrari in the fall of 1959 and destined for France, where it was delivered to the official Ferrari dealer, Franco-Britannic Automobiles of Levallois-Perret. It was subsequently sold new to an individual in France before being exported to the United States in 1960.

While the car’s early history in the United States is not known, it was sold around 1970 to a Mr Benson, residing in Minnesota. The car was offered by him for sale in the May 1976 issue of Autoweek magazine and was stated as having been in storage for the last six years. It would remain in Minnesota and was eventually sold to Jerry Wenger of Owatonna, who restored the car in red over tan. By 1998, the car had made its way to California and was noted as still being finished in red with a tan interior, showing just 44 kilometres on its odometer, supposedly the number accumulated following its restoration.

Sometime thereafter, the car returned to Europe and was imported to Belgium and registered there for road use in 2004. The car was sold to France in 2007 and has remained there ever since. Driven and enjoyed there in a handful of Ferrari Club France events, the car has recently been restored to its original colour combination of Grigio Argento (MM 16003) over Pelle Rossa (3171).

A gentleman’s Ferrari in every sense, a well-restored 250 GT Coupe with Pinin Farina coachwork will never go out of style. Quintessentially Italian in every sense, this particular 250 GT PF Coupe would be a wonderful example to drive and enjoy, especially due to four-wheel disc brakes and overdrive, features specific to these Series II cars. It would be perfect for the enthusiast looking for something capable of crossing continents in leaps and bounds or showing up to the best restaurant in town in your Sunday best.

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