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Coachwork by Pinin Farina
R.G. Fletcher Inc., Wilmington, California (acquired in October 1960)Alex Delianedis, Glendale, California (acquired circa 1965)Michael Sheehan, Costa Mesa, California (acquired in 1972)Robert Merrill, Orange, California (acquired from the above in 1973)Charles Betz and Fred Peters, Orange, California (acquired from the estate of the above in 1992)Kevin Cogan, Louisville, Kentucky (acquired in 2007)Private Collection, Ontario, Canada (acquired by 2012)Private Collection, Houston, Texas (acquired from the above by 2014)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
XVII Cavallino Classic, Palm Beach, Florida, January 2008 (Silver Award)FCA Pacific Region Vintage Concours at Concorso Italiano, August 2008 (Gold Award)XVIII Cavallino Classic, Palm Beach, Florida, January 2009XIX Cavallino Classic, Palm Beach, Florida, January 2010Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Amelia Island, Florida, March 2010Keeneland Concours d’Elegance, Lexington, Kentucky, July 2010
At the 1958 Paris Motor Show, Ferrari introduced a replacement for the 250 GT Ellena, a handsome coupe that wore new coachwork by Pinin Farina. Initially regarded as a comparatively restrained design, the new coupe’s timeless styling has only gained in stature with passing decades, as this impressive example handily demonstrates.
This Ferrari, chassis 1447 GT, is one of 202 examples of the first series of 250 GT coupes built by Pinin Farina. Factory build sheets indicate the car was mechanically equipped with drum brakes and an inside-plug tipo 128 D engine fitted with Weber 36 DCL carburetors. After entering the coachbuilder’s workshop in May 1959, the 250 GT chassis was fashioned with a body finished in Grigio Argento and trimmed with an interior of black leather and vinyl.
Initially sold to Otto Zipper Motors, a Ferrari representative in Los Angeles, the 250 GT remained in Southern California for four decades while enjoying ownership by several notable Ferrari collectors. In 1972, the car was acquired by well-known marque specialist Michael Sheehan of Costa Mesa; reportedly, it was the first Ferrari he ever owned. After nearly 20 years in the possession of Mr. Sheehan’s neighbor, Robert Merrill, the car was acquired in 1992 by respected Ferrari experts Charles Betz and Fred Peters of Orange, California. While in their ownership during the mid-1990s, the coupe was restored, and it received an elegant refinish in a distinctive shade of putty gray.
After being acquired by a Maine-based enthusiast in the early 2000s, the Ferrari was purchased in 2007 by Kevin Cogan of Louisville, Kentucky, who began to present the car at Ferrari Club of America events. Exhibited three consecutive years at the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic starting in 2008 (when it won a Silver Award), 1447 GT also won a Gold Award at the FCA meet held at the 2008 Concorso Italiano, and was presented at both the 2010 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and the 2010 Keeneland Concours in Lexington, Kentucky.
After spending a couple of years in the fastidious care of a major Texas-based collection and, most recently, the consignor, this 250 GT is now ready for its next owner. The 1990s restoration has been very well maintained, making the Ferrari an ideal candidate for driving tours such as the Colorado Grand and the Copperstate 1000. Accompanied at sale by copies of the factory build sheets, a reproduction owner’s manual, and a report compiled by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, 1447 GT is an excellent all-around vintage Ferrari and a particularly elegant example of Pinin Farina’s refined 250 GT coupe.