1957 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series I by Pinin Farina
Price Upon Request
- Ferrari Classiche certified
- A unique prototype of the iconic PF Cabriolet
- The third of only 40 examples built
- Single ownership for the last two decades
- Numerous unique features, including fender vents, unique rear bumpers, and painted wheels
- Original chassis, engine, and gearbox
Considered by many to be the quintessential gentleman’s open-top Ferrari, the 250 GT cabriolet was first introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1957 as the company’s first series-produced open-top car. While the earliest iterations of the California Spider were simply long-wheelbase 250 GT berlinettas without a roof, this was a much more refined automobile, built for luxurious touring rather than heated competition.
Truly one of Pinin Farina’s most elegant designs, it boasted smooth and unobstructed lines defined by its closed headlamps and graceful taillights artfully crafted into the rear wings. It was the gold standard for the upper class, and ownership showcased not only the owner’s appreciation of engineering and performance, but also their refined and sophisticated taste in transportation. The Series I Cabriolet was always in style—no matter the time, place, or occasion.
Chassis no. 0705 GT was built as the third example of only 40 Series I cabriolets to leave Maranello. While all Series I Cabriolets are special cars, due to their gentlemanly charisma and rarity, some are indeed more special than most. Tastefully finished in Amaranto Savid (102) over Beige Connolly leather (VM 3097), 0705 GT boasted a handful of special features. These included 410 Superamerica style vents in the front fenders, a unique rear bumper design intended to hide the car’s tailpipes, a slightly revised dashboard layout, the deletion of roll-up windows (with side curtains instead), and Borrani wire wheels painted in matching Amaranto Savid.
With production occurring throughout the spring and summer of 1957, the car was delivered to its first owner, André Meert of Brussels, Belgium. Registered in Belgium shortly thereafter, the car remained there for the following 20 years prior to being sold to its second owner, Dr. Paul Schouwenburg, who picked the car up from Meert’s home and reregistered it in the Netherlands. After leaving Schouwenburg’s ownership, the car was imported to the U.S. where it was sold to Robert Marceca of North Salem, New York, in the mid-1980s.
By February of 1990, Marceca sold the car to L. Jack Ruscilli of Columbus Ohio, and the car was shown by him on a handful of different occasions, including the first annual Cavallino Classic in February of 1992, the Ferrari Club of America National Meeting and Concours in June of 1993 in Palm Beach, and the Meadow Brook Hall Concours in August of 1993. Sold to its current owner in 1998, the car has remained with him for the last two decades as part of a large and significant collection. The car obtained Ferrari Classiche certification in July of 2013, confirming that it retains its original chassis, engine, and gearbox. The rear differential is a correct-type unit.
Although all 40 first-series 250 GT Cabriolets are exceptional in their own right, chassis no. 0705 GT is truly unique, boasting a highly compelling and attractive assortment of design cues that set it apart from the rest. Offered for sale for the first time in two decades and with Classiche certification to its name, this would be a compelling addition to any Ferrari collection and an ideal concours candidate at the world’s most exclusive events.