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Lot 132

2016   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2016

1956 Ferrari 250 GT Alloy Coupe

Coachwork by Boano

SOLD $1,485,000

Estimate

$1,500,000 - $2,000,000

Chassis

0613 GT

Engine

0613 GT

Car Highlights

Historic and Rare; One of Just 14 Lightweight All-Alloy Cars Built
Beautifully Presented and Tour-Proven Restoration
Outstanding Provenance and Period Competition History
Dossier Includes Copies of Original Build Sheets and a Wealth of Invoices
Accompanied by Ferrari Classiche Red Book, Tool Kits and Report Compiled by Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini

Technical Specs

2,953 CC SOHC V-12 Engine
Three Weber 36 DCL 3 Twin-Choke Carburetors
Estimated 250 BHP at 7,000 RPM
4-Speed Synchromesh Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with Wishbones and Coil Springs
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Register to Bid

George Arents (acquired new via Luigi Chinetti Motors in 1957)Robert M. Grossman, Nyack, New York (acquired from the above via Chinetti in 1958)Leonard Potter, United Kingdom (acquired in 1958)David J. Walker, Fareham, Hampshire, England (owned in 1963)Jack Bruce, Guildford, Surrey, England (acquired in the early 1980s)Angus Graham, Reading, Berkshire, England (acquired in 1982)Shuuichi Ibuki, Nara, Japan (acquired circa 1986)Randy Simon, Beverly Hills, California (acquired via Symbolic Motor Car in November 2002)Tom Shaughnessy, San Clemente, California (acquired from the above)

Lime Rock Park, Lime Rock, Connecticut, October 1958, PotterInternational Bahamas Speed Week, Nassau, Bahamas, December 1958, No. 18, Grossman/PotterNassau Tourist Trophy, Nassau, Bahamas, December 1958 (1st in Class/5th Overall, 5-Lap, Over 2.0 Litre)Nassau Tourist Trophy, Nassau, Bahamas, December 1958 (3rd in Class, 7th Overall, 25-Lap)Nassau Ferrari Race, Nassau, Bahamas, December 1958 (6th Overall)Lime Rock Park, Lime Rock, Connecticut, October 18, 1959, Grossman

41st Annual Ferrari Club of America National Meeting, Quail Lodge, Carmel, California, August 2004 (Gold Award – Class 4)Colorado Grand, September 2007XVII Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, Palm Beach, Florida, January 2008California Mille, April 2012Colorado Grand, September 2012The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, Carmel Valley, California, 2013California Mille, April 2014California Mille, April 2015California Mille, April 2016

Having gained virtual exclusivity as Ferrari’s primary coachbuilder by 1953, Pinin Farina played a crucial role in the development of the soon-to-be legendary 250, the first true series-built Ferrari Grand Touring car. However, during the mid-1950s, Pinin Farina’s facilities were already crowded, necessitating expansion to new quarters, which were not anticipated to be complete until late 1957. Accordingly, Pinin Farina entrusted production of the new 250 GT coupes to Carrozzeria Boano, which enjoyed a reputation for excellence. Prior to handing production over to Boano, though, Pinin Farina finalized the design and refined the fabrication methods with a handful of pre-production cars.

Boano-bodied 250 GTs were constructed mostly in steel, but 14 were rendered in lightweight aluminum, unlocking even greater performance from the V-12 engine, delivering 220 bhp standard and higher ratings for competition. While a fast, stylish, and well-appointed road car, the Boano-bodied 250 GT was highly effective in competition, garnering high-profile victories at the 1956 Alpine and 1957 Acropolis Rallies, and a creditable 14th at the final competitive running of the Mille Miglia in 1957. At Lime Rock Park in June 1957, a Boano coupe driven by rising star Richie Ginther won the first GT race held in the Eastern US. Depending upon the source, some 68 to 80 Boano-bodied Ferrari 250 GT Coupes were produced in all, with variances attributable to the number of prototypes and pre-production cars, and the handover of production from Pinin Farina to Carrozzeria Boano. However, it is certain that just 14 all-alloy cars were built there, including 0613 GT.

Exceedingly well documented with copies of its original Ferrari build records and history compiled by Marcel Massini, 0613 GT was an original left-hand-drive car completed on January 22, 1957, and delivered to Luigi Chinetti Motors in New York City, where it was sold new to George Arents. In 1958, 0613 GT was sold by Arents via Chinetti to Bob Grossman of Nyack, New York. One of the most consistently successful drivers at the time, Grossman enjoyed a close association with Luigi Chinetti and went on to co-drive the Briggs Cunningham No. 3 Corvette with John Fitch to a historic GT-Class win at Le Mans in 1960. In 1958, Grossman sold 0613 GT to Len Potter, who raced the car that October at Lime Rock and two months later at the Bahamas Speed Week with Grossman, where the Ferrari took a class win and a 3rd Place podium. The next year, Grossman raced 0613 GT at Lime Rock.

In 1960, 0613 GT was shipped to England, and David Walker of Hampshire, who registered it on English plates in 1964, is the rare Ferrari’s next recorded owner, followed in the early 1980s by Jack Bruce of Guildford, Surrey, possibly the late Cream bassist and vocalist, a well-known Ferrari enthusiast. During 1982, 0613 GT was owned by Angus Graham of Reading, Berkshire, and then in 1984-1985, it was completely restored by the renowned DK Engineering firm of David Cottingham.

After export to Japan, 0613 GT eventually returned to the US and had several California owners before Victor Preisler acquired it and commissioned Fossil Motorsports to comprehensively detail, freshen, and prepare the car for the concours lawn, with the work addressing the vehicle’s mechanical and operating systems. The great effort and expense resulted in 0613 GT earning Gold (in Class 4) at the 2004 FCA International Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, California, and subsequent work, including rebuilding of the original engine, has elevated it even further. Florida collector Lee Pillsbury joined 0613 GT’s roster in 2007, driving it in the Colorado Grand that year and showing it at the Cavallino Classic in 2008. Ferrari Classiche certification was awarded in June 2008, and a Red Book accompanies the sale. Following acquisition by the current owner in 2012, 0613 GT was displayed at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, in August 2013 and has been enjoyed on multiple editions of the California Mille and Colorado Grand, where it always performed without fault. During the consignor’s ownership he commissioned Fall-Line Motorsports of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, to prepare the alloy Boano for safe use on events including the installation of a fire-suppression system, roll bar and safety harnesses.

Exceedingly rare as one of just 14 alloy-bodied cars and one of even fewer with period racing history, 0613 GT carries exceptional provenance and stands tall as one of the most historically significant 250 GT Boanos in existence.