Lot 153

2019   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2019

1959 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe

Coachwork by Pininfarina

SOLD $599,000


$600,000 - $700,000


1315 GT


1315 GT

Car Highlights

Remained in Single Ownership for Nearly 50 Years
Fitted with Matching-Numbers Engine
Documented by Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini
Originally Finished in Stunning and Uncommon Color Combination
Wonderfully Preserved and Largely Unrestored Example

Technical Specs

2,953 CC SOHC Tipo 128D V-12 Engine
Three Weber 36 DCL Carburetors
220 BHP at 7,000 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note that the brakes may require servicing before use. Online bidding is not available for this vehicle.

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Original Owner (acquired new via Luigi Chinetti Motors in 1959)Buckley D. Sowards, Waite Hill, Ohio (acquired in 1965)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2014)

In 1958, Pinin Farina completed its Grugliasco plant expansion and became capable of larger-scale production. Enzo Ferrari, who was seeking a seriesproduction road car to stabilize his company’s finances, directed Pinin Farina to design a clean, classic coupe to replace the 250 GT Boano/Ellena. Introduced at the 1958 Paris Auto Show, the Ferrari 250 GT Coupe featured refined, subtle, and elegant styling. The years have proved extraordinarily kind to the 250 GT Coupe, and its pure, exquisite lines are widely regarded as timeless.

This 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe is a particularly well-preserved example and one of just 353 examples ever built. It was fitted with the desirable tipo 128D twin distributor, inside-plug engine, three Weber 36 DCL carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes, and Borrani wire wheels. It entered Carrozzeria Pinin Farina to receive its coachwork on February 18, 1959, was completed in May, and was finished in the stunning color combination of Bianco (White) with its roof painted Grigio Conchiglia (Shell Gray). Trimmed with a Nero vinyl and leather interior, it was certainly a striking and elegant example.

Delivered new to Luigi Chinetti Motors in New York in June 1959, the car’s earliest history is unknown. By 1965, the Ferrari was purchased by Buckley D. Sowards, an attorney from Waite Hill, Ohio. Mr. Sowards retained the car for the next 49 years, selling it to the consignor in 2014. The consignor believes that the Ferrari retains its original interior, which displays a lovely aged look, adding to the car’s character and unique appeal. The odometer currently displays less than 40,000 miles, which the consignor also believes to be original given the car’s overall condition. While the car has been painted, including the roof being refinished in metallic gold, it appears to be a largely unrestored example as it displays the honest patina of its age, including some checking on its paintwork.

The 250 GT Coupe offers outstanding value in the overall scheme of collectible Ferraris. With subtle styling, event eligibility, and the 250 series’ wonderful driving characteristics, the model offers something for seasoned and budding Ferrari collectors alike. It is rare to find an impressively original example, like this, that has remained in single ownership for nearly half a century.

Documented by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, this 250 GT retains its matching-numbers engine and is accompanied by a tool roll and 250 GT owner’s manual. A wonderful find in its largely unrestored condition, this Ferrari is a unique prize for the astute collector.