1962 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II by Pininfarina

Sold For €1.232.000

Paris


Chassis No.
Engine No.
3803 GT
3803 GT

Documents: UK V5

  • The second-to-last 250 GT Cabriolet Series II built
  • Offered from 15 years of private ownership
  • Includes a factory hardtop
240 bhp, 2,953 cc SOHC 60-degree V-12 with three Weber 36 DCS carburettors, four-speed synchromesh manual transmission with overdrive, independent front suspension with unequal-length upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, an anti-roll bar, and Koni hydraulic shocks; solid rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, trailing arms, and Koni hydraulic shocks; and four-wheel Dunlop hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,600 mm

Offering a wholly different driving experience when compared to Ferrari’s race-ready offerings, the 250 GT Cabriolet was marketed as a true gentleman’s grand tourer, designed for high-speed driving in comfort. With the performance one would expect from Maranello’s finest, the cabriolet gave no concessions to luxury and was exquisitely trimmed and appointed to please Ferrari’s most demanding clientele. With a spacious boot that could hold more than enough luggage for two for a long-weekend trip, this was the ideal touring car for the California coast or the South of France.

The second-series 250 GT Cabriolet was first shown at the 1959 Paris Motor show and offered a number of stylistic changes and mechanical updates over the first series cabriolet. These new cars featured open headlamps with a slightly more rounded nose and rear fenders with elongated tail lamp lenses. More interior space was added to improve passenger comfort, and the trunk was made slightly larger as well. Performance was also addressed, and the Series II cars received disc brakes all around, as well as the latest iteration of the Colombo V-12 engine, designated Tipo 128F.

In this new engine, the spark plugs were relocated to the outside (rather than in-between the V), and the coil-valve springs were substituted for hairpins. This new architecture allowed for more head studs per cylinder and non-siamesed porting. This resulted in a better breathing engine with improved torque and reliability. To boot, the 128F also facilitated far easier and quicker changing of the plugs, to the enduring relief of both mechanics and owners alike.

According to marque historian Marcel Massini, chassis number 3083 GT is the second-to-last of just 200 Series II Cabriolets constructed. Finished in Bianco Pertito (Salchi 254416) over a Blu (Connolly VM 3015) leather interior, it was completed in the fall of 1962. After completion by the factory, the car remained in its native Italy and was sold new through Autorimessa Crivellari of Venice to Amadeo Dalle Molle of Padova in February of 1963. By 1972, the car had made its way across the Atlantic and was owned by Mr Howard Sheronas in Miami, Florida. Passing to a second owner in Florida, Mr Robert Cressman, chassis number 3083 was shown during the early 1980s, including a photographed appearance at the Ferrari Club of America Palm Beach Polo Club meeting in 1980. In 1990, the car returned to Europe, via Belgium, before being purchased in 1995, when it was purchased by Tom Walduck, a collector residing in the United Kingdom.

Acquired by the consignor in July of 2001, the car has always been properly maintained and enjoyed on a regular basis, even on extended trips to Spain. It is offered with substantial history files, including many invoices and receipts from its current ownership. Furthermore, it is worthwhile noting that the engine was rebuilt in December of 2014. Today, the car remains in splendid condition and is ready to be driven and enjoyed on the open road.

As its status as one of the last Series II Cabriolets constructed, chassis 3803 GT stands out as a highly interesting example of one of Ferrari’s true open-top GT cars. Ready to be driven by its next custodian, the car holds countless opportunities for enjoyment, as it would make a wonderful driver or an ideal basis for a restoration to be returned back to its original Bianco Pertito over Blu colour combination, a colour scheme seldom seen on Ferraris of any era. There is no question that this lovely Series II Cabriolet would only lead to interesting discussions and the finest of compliments while out and about.


Addendum

Please note that contrary to the catalogue description, Ferrari Certification has been applied for and is in progress.

Merci de noter que contrairement à la description faite dans notre catalogue, la certification Ferrari est en cours et le certificat n'est pas encore présent.


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