Lot #43: 1960 Ferrari 250 GT 'Series II' Cabriolet (Not Available)
Coachwork by Pininfarina
- Certified by Ferrari Classiche with "Red Book" in transit
- One of only 201 'Series II' examples originally built
- A masterpiece of refined elegance by Pinin Farina
- Legendary Colombo V-12 power, four-wheel disc brakes
- Limited owner roster; displayed 2013-2014 in Dubai, UAE
|Serial Number:||2115 GT|
|Engine Number:||2115 GT|
|True Mileage:||44,082 km*|
Recently refinished in distinctive Oro Chiaro (Light Gold) paintwork and certified by Ferrari Classiche, this 250 GT 'Series II' Pininfarina Cabriolet was sold new in Baghdad and provenance includes a limited roster of owners. History includes cosmetic and mechanical restoration by Uwe Meissner's Modena Motorsports. As one of just 201 'Series II' cars produced, it marks an outstanding example of one of the finest and most important classic V-12 open road models ever produced by Ferrari.
Specifications: 2,953 cc SOHC V-12 engine, triple Weber 38 DCN twin-choke carburetors, 240 bhp at 7,000 rpm, four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive, independent front suspension with A-arms, coil springs, and telescopic shock absorbers, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and telescopic shock absorbers, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,600 mm (102.3")
The brilliant 250 GT series remains the cornerstone of Ferrari's enduring road-car success, with its many variations setting the company's stylistic direction and providing the basis for countless racing victories during the late 1950s through the mid-1960s. Recognition of the necessity for greater emphasis on road-car development to help fund the Scuderia's many racing commitments spurred development and begat a true legend.
Debuted at the 1959 Paris Salon, the elegant 250 GT Series II Cabriolet succeeded the low-production 250 GT Series I Cabriolet as Ferrari's prime open roadgoing model.
In mechanical terms, both the 250 GT Cabriolet and its Coupe stable-mate were powered by the 3.0-liter, Colombo-derived Tipo 128 F V-12 engine delivering 240 bhp with triple Weber carburetion. Race-bred stopping power was achieved with four-wheel disc brakes and both telescopic shock absorbers and iconic 16-inch Borrani wire-spoke wheels were standard equipment. The result was a very elegant and potent road car with performance including 0-60 acceleration times in less than seven seconds and a heady top speed of 140 mph. An unqualified Pinin Farina design masterpiece with sublime and elegant styling, the 250 GT Series II Cabriolet also marked the first commercially-successful 'production' convertible ever offered by Ferrari. Nonetheless, the Series II Cabriolet was highly exclusive and decidedly rare, with just 201 produced in all.
Numbered 2115 GT, this 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet was the 84th example produced. An original left-hand drive example, 2115 GT was sold new to a buyer located in Baghdad, Iraq. By 1976, it had migrated to the United States, where it is recorded as having been owned by Sid Colberg in San Francisco. Subsequently, 2115 GT was sold to Europe, with Ralf-Guido Kiwit of Meerbusch, Germany the next recorded owner, who participated with 2115 GT in the 2006 Tour Inter Europa and Concours d'Elegance. While still in Germany, 2115 GT was mechanically and cosmetically by the well-known Ferrari marque expert Uwe Meissner of Modena Motorsports GmbH. The Ferrari was subsequently inspected for Ferrari Classiche certification and following work performed by Ferrari's Classiche Department to the left front suspension, with their stamp affixed thereon, 2115 GT was certified. During 2013/2014, 2115 GT was displayed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where it created a sensation among the Ferrari faithful. Recently refinished in unusual and visually striking Oro Chiaro (Light Gold), 2115 GT marks an outstanding offering at auction in Monterey. The Ferrari Classische "Red Book" is being printed at the time of cataloguing and will be presented to the new owner of 2115 GT. Simply put, 2115 GT is one of the finest and most important Pinin Farina design landmarks on Ferrari's legendary race-bred 250 GT chassis. Accordingly, it marks a significant and highly collectible classic V-12 Ferrari.