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*Please note that this car is titled 1961.
Single Family Ownership for Over 50 YearsManifattura Maurizio Lessona, Vercelli, Italy (acquired new in December 1960)Current Owner (acquired in 1963)
Rosso Rodeo Concours d’Elegance, Beverly Hills, California, June 1995Concorso Italiano, Carmel Valley, California, August 2001 (Silver Award)Orange Coast Concours, San Juan Capistrano, California, October 2001 (Class Award)FCA National Meeting, Los Angeles, California, May 2002 (Platinum Award)Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, Pebble Beach, California, August 2007FCA Concorso Ferrari, Pasadena, California, May 2010Best of France and Italy, Los Angeles, California, November 2010Best of France and Italy, Los Angeles, California, November 2012San Marino Motor Classic, San Marino, California, June 2013 (Most Elegant Open Postwar)Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance, Beverly Hills, California, May 2015San Marino Motor Classic, San Marino, California, June 2015
The Ferrari presented here, 2143 GT, is a magnificent example fo the Series II Pinin Farina Cabriolet, of which just 200 were built between 1959 and 1962. Designed and constructed by Pinin Farina, the beautifully finished Cabriolet was the most refined model in the 250 GT range. With an original price of 5,800,000 lire, it was also the most expensive.
Completed at the Ferrari Factory on October 24, 1960, 2143 GT was finished in the most popular color available for the Series II Cabriolet, Grigio Conchiglia, an elegant dark gray that perfectly complements the restrained Pinin Farina design. Other original features included red upholstery (trimmed in leather and vinyl), a fitted hardtop, Abarth exhaust system, and polished Borrani wire wheels. As the 94th example built, 2143 GT possesses the distinctive dashboard layout and Houdaille shock absorbers that distinguish the first 100 Series II Cabriolets.
According to Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, the first owner of 2143 GT was a Manifattura Maurizio Lessona, a textile manufacturer in Vercelli, Italy. Just a few years after its delivery in Italy, the Ferrari Was exported to the US and Settled in Southern California. Though the Ferrari was lightly used, it had already been repainted white and its upholstery dyed black. It was in this form that the consignor's father purchased the Cabriolet in 1963.
Growing up in Los Angeles, the consignor was drawn to the local sports car scene, and the family’s 250 GT Cabriolet served as the weekend driver. When he was just nine, the consignor learned to drive the Ferrari in the Hollywood Bowl parking lot, and, by 15, he had already purchased and restored his first car, a 1942 Dodge. While attending Hollywood High School, he washed cars for customizer Dean Jeffries and visited Hollywood Sport Cars to catch a glimpse of the latest arrivals from Italy.
During the 1970s, the consignor and his brother founded an automotive repair shop in Glendale and a towing company in Venice. A true enthusiast, he made regular trips to Europe to connect with car friends, visit automotive museums, and attend concours events. All the while, the Series II Cabriolet remained at the family home in California, and, shortly after his 30th birthday, title to 2143 GT was transferred to his name.
“For decades, everyone in town knew about the Cabriolet and would wonder if it would ever get the treatment it deserved,” the consignor recently recalled. “After 30-plus years on the road, it needed everything. It was now or never. In late summer 1996, I turned the key off.”
While restoring a 250 Ferrari would present a challenge for most enthusiasts, the current owner was determined, skilled, and resourceful. In fact, he had already showcased his talents by restoring, managing, and maintaining a historic 1920s-era Spanish Revival commercial building in Los Angeles.
Amazingly, the entire restoration of the 250 Ferrari was conducted in a single-bay garage in that very building. A fantastic album of photographs attests to the methodical and often painstaking effort involved in transforming the Ferrari into a true concours car. Though the current owner performed the vast majority of the work himself, local Ferrari specialist Norbert Hofer, now of Gran Touring Classics in Long Beach, played an instrumental role by providing his expertise and mechanical skills throughout the process.
No. 2143 GT made its post-restoration debut in August 2000 at Concorso Italiano, where it was displayed in a special class celebrating the 50-year collaboration between Ferrari and Pininfarina. Over the past 15 years, the Ferrari has been shown at various California concours venues and has earned numerous awards. Among the consignor’s fondest memories was taking part in the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®.
While most Pebble Beach show cars are trailered to the event, the Series II Cabriolet was driven from Los Angeles to Monterey – the trunk filled with luggage and detailing supplies. After the journey up the coast, the Ferrari served as transport during the entire Monterey week, until Saturday, when the owner and his wife spent the day preparing the Ferrari for the concours lawn in the parking lot of their hotel.
Regularly driven and enjoyed since the restoration was completed, the Cabriolet still presents beautifully in all respects and has benefited from careful maintenance overseen by Norbert Hofer. An excellent example of a genuine 250 Ferrari, 2143 GT retains its original, matching-numbers engine, and the Pinin Farina body number (29794) is stamped all over the car. The car even retains its original fitted hardtop and tool roll, and is accompanied by a file of documentation that includes photos of the restoration and a history report compiled by Marcel Massini.
Gooding & Company is honored to present this wonderful Ferrari at auction on behalf of its long-term steward, a genuine automobile enthusiast who has treasured 2143 GT for more than 50 years. In light of its outstanding specification, presentation, and provenance, we recommend serious consideration of this car to any collector in search of an exceptional Series II Pinin Farina Cabriolet.