Ferrari 250

Ferrari 250

Gooding & Company has announced that a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione will be available for auction at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August. The car is considered to be the most significant LWB California Spider ever built, so expect to see a very high price attached to this vehicle.

The California Spyder features a 508 D chassis, covered headlights, and the most powerful engine still fitted to a California Spider, a Tipo 168. These highlights are some of the main reasons this car has done so well in a number of events. It finished 5th overall at Sebring 12 Hours and has done well in the Bahamas Speed Week, many times with famous drivers including George Reed and Alan Connell behind the wheel.

The same auction will also feature a 1955 Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta by Zagato, a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta SEFAC Hot Rod, and a 1971 Lamborghini Miura S that is being estimated at more than $600K. There will also be an auction by Mecum featuring a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France .

Press release after the jump.

In 1959 Ferrari unveiled a one-off 250 GT Tour de France specially designed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This car took first in its class and third place overall at Le Mans and won the 1000km Nurburgring race as well. Since then the car has only been owned by a few collectors. Unbelievably, this particular car will now be going up for auction by Mecum in Monterey, California. This auction will take place during the Pebble Beach concours weekend on August 13, 2010.

The 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France, serial number 1321, is painted in the original red and orange livery with original racing number. It was built on a 2600 mm wheelbase and powered by a 3-liter version of the Colombo ’short-block’ V12 engine that delivered 240 hp. This appearance will be its first in over twenty years since its outing in Road America in the early ’90s.

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What crisis? People say there is a monetary crisis all over the world, but if you take a look at the recent auctions made in the automotive industry, you’d be scratching your head about what the heck everyone was talking about. Just recently a 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic was sold for an amazing $30-$40 million, bringing it to the top of the list of the most expensive cars sold. Today we bring another piece of news like the Bugatti story: a 1963 Ferrari 20 GTO was sold by RM Auctions for an amazing $25 million. Not the most expensive car sold, but damn near close to it.

That’s not such a big surprise considering the 250 GTO is a very exclusive car. It was built between 1962 and 1964 and only 39 units were produced. It was powered by a V12 engine delivering an impressive 302 bhp at 7500 rpm. The 250 GTO is capable of making the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 5.4 seconds and can hit a top speed of 174 mph.

Max Girado – R.M.’s Euro M.D. – said: "The exclusivity of Ferrari’s 250 GTO cannot be understated. As they rarely come to market, new owners become part of a very exclusive ‘club’ and are welcomed with open arms at literally any of the world’s great concours events, races, and rallies. We are pleased to have been able to unite this exceptional car with a new and immensely enthusiastic owner. It’s fantastic that this car will now be used in earnest on the classic car scene around Europe."

Source: Cars UK

For all intents and purposes, a Ferrari 250 GTO deserves to be cleaned as often as a $10 million-dollar car should be cleaned, which is to say, all the time.

After all, you wouldn’t want any dirt, or grime, or any foreign substance to stick on your car, right?

This man knows all too well about that. Unfortunately, the 250 GTO that he’s ‘supposedly cleaning’ is far from his.

Check it out and spend the next minute or two laughing to your hearts content.

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One of the rarest and most desirable Ferraris in the world, the 1963 250 GTO, is currently up for grabs from the folks at RM Auctions. The 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO is one of only 39 in the world and is considered to be one of the most beautiful cars ever built by Ferrari, aside from being tremendously successful in competition, securing multiple World Championships for the Maranello based sports car builder.

According to Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Europe, "The Ferrari GTO is unquestionably one of the most iconic and coveted cars in the world...This is truly a rare occasion for collectors to acquire such an important piece of automotive history and we are pleased to be chosen by [chassis number] 4675 GT’s current custodian to represent it on the open market." While the GTO originaly sold for $18,000 when new, an example of Ferrari’s first super has been valued at closer to $30 Million, however RM hasn’t given any leads as to what the asking price will be for this 250 GTO.

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In 1962, at the Paris Motor Show, Ferrari unveiled the final model in the 250 GT series. Called 250 GT Berlinetta lusso, the new model has been produced between 1962 and 1964 with 350 units being produced. The car replaced the 250 GT Coupe, were designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti in Modena. Actor Steve McQueen is one of the famous car’s owners.

Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta lusso

The 250 GT Berlinetta lusso was built on the short wheelbase of the earlier 250 GTs, but with a revised chassis and the engine moved slightly further forward providing additional interior room for the occupants.

A hit already among the 250 models, the single overhead camshaft, 60° V12 was once again used. For the 250 GT Berlinetta lusso the engine had a bore and stroke of 73mm x 58.8mm and delivered 250bhp at 7500rpm with a compression of 9.2:1. The engine was coupled with a 4-speed + reverse all-synchromesh gearbox, with final drive through a propeller shaft to the rigid rear axle, for which two alternative ratios were available.

The 0 to 60 mph sprint was made in less than 7 seconds, while top speed went up to 150 mph.

Until 1960 Ferrari never had a 2+2 model. They have only received special orderes on models like 195’s, 212’s, 340’s and 342’s. At the Le Mans 24 Hours in June 1960 Ferrari presented the 250 GT 2+2 (known as the GTE), their first real four-seater. The company built 957 units between 1960 and 1963.

Ferrari 250 GT 2+2 (GTE)

The car might be believed to be designed especially for Enzo Ferrari’s father, who according to him "loved the 2+2 … this was his personal car. My father was normally driving himself, but he always had a driver with him, and a little dog. So for him, a two-seat car wasn’t enough."

Ferrari 250 GT 2+2 (GTE)

Designed by Pininfarina, the 250 GTE was based on the 250 GT Coupe, compared to that were 300 mm longer, 60 mm wider and, perhaps most surprisingly, over 50 mm lower and only 80 kilos heavier. The body had an airy cabin section with slim screen pillars, which provided a light and quite roomy leather trimmed interior for the occupants. However, the front seats had to be forward on their runners to provide reasonable rear seat leg room, thus endorsing its 2+2 status rather than claiming to be a full four-seater car, although the rear seats were well upholstered and the occupants had a central arm rest and even an ashtray.

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In 1959 at the Paris Salon, Ferrari unveiled the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta - or "passo corto". It was designed by Pininfarina and built at the Scaglietti works in Modena. Built on a 2400mm chassis, the 250 GT Berlinetta passo corto was a natural continuation of the Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France.

Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta passo corto

This was the first Ferrari production road car to be fitted with disc brakes as standard and, unlike the preceding 250 GT Berlinetta series, was available in either left- or right-hand drive. It was also available in competition specification, with an aluminium body, lightweight interior trim, and the engine in a higher state of tune – or in ‘Lusso’ (luxury) road trim, when it was normally fitted with a steel body with aluminium opening panels.

Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta passo corto

Under the hood Ferrari placed a further development of the original Colombo-designed single overhead camshaft per bank V12 engine, with a capacity of 2953 cc, via a bore and stroke of 73 x 58.8 mm. The engine was delivering between 220 to 280 bhp, dependent upon specification. All versions were featuring four-speed transmission.

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The was built on request of John Von Neumann, the US west coast Ferrari representative, who believed that there was potential for an open Spider suited to the Californian sun, a sort of open 250 GT Berlinetta. The car was built by Scaglietti, with 106 units created, nine with aluminum bodies.

Ferrari 250 California

The 250 California was a convertible model, with a full folding hood, built in two distinct series: the ‘LWB’ (long wheelbase) between 1958 and 1960, although a prototype was built in late 1957, and the ‘SWB’ (short wheelbase) from 1960 to 1962.

The LWB version was built on a 2600 mm wheelbase chassis, and during its production period the car suffered a few exterior changes: the shape and design of the front wing engine bay exhaust air vents, and more noticeably the rear wing line and lights, boot, and tail profile, which received a step in the panel projecting beyond the base of the lid on late series cars. The very last cars in the series, produced in late 1959 and early 1960, were fitted with disc brakes to all four wheels, instead of the drum brake set-up of the earlier examples.

In 1957 at the Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari unveiled the 250 GT Cabriolet - a two-seater spider built for the more refined clientele. After the first 40 cars had been produced, a second series was created. To differentiate it from the more sporting 250 GT Spider California, the Cabriolet’s styling was made more sober, boot space was increased and it was made more comfortable inside. Production continued until 1962, and around 200 cars were built in all, with no two cars were completely identical.

Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet

Of course is not the first spider-bodied Ferrari, but until it cabriolets featuring proper folding soft tops had only been produced in relatively small numbers. So, in 1956 when Carrozzeria Boano exhibited a 250 GT Cabriolet, chassis 0461GT, it was the beginning of a new era. This was in fact the first 250 GT Cabriolet that lead to the first series of Pininfarina-designed cabriolets produced during 1957 and 1958.

Like most of the previous models, the 250 GT Cabriolet was built on a 2600 mm wheelbase and they were powered by a 3-litre version of the Colombo ’short-block’ V12 engine that delivered 240 hp.


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