Lot 27

2015   |   Amelia Island 2015

1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet

Coachwork by Pinin Farina

SOLD $2,090,000


$2,000,000 - $2,500,000| Without Reserve


2489 GT

Car Highlights

One of Only 200 Series II Pinin Farina Cabriolets Built
Distinctive Fitted Hardtop with Integrated Sunroof
Spectacular Restoration Performed by The Creative Workshop
Recipient of Five Ferrari Club of America Platinum Awards
Ferrari Classiche Certifed and Documented by Marcel Massini

Technical Specs

2,953 CC SOHC Tipo 508F V-12 Engine
Three Weber 40 DCL6 Carburetors
240 HP at 7,000 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox with Overdrive
4-Wheel Dunlop Disc Brakes
Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension with Houdaille Shock Absorbers
Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs with Houdaille
Shock Absorbers

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note that the parts manual mentioned in the catalogue does not accompany the sale of this car.

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Ferrari Classiche Certified | FCA Platinum Award WinnerMrs. Tora, Zürich, Switzerland (acquired new via J.H. Keller AG in 1961)Ernst Wanzenried, Bern, Switzerland (acquired from the above in 1976)Mario Bernardi, Hann. Münden, Germany (acquired from the above in 1991)Reijnold van der Poele, Joure, The Netherlands (acquired in 1995)Robert Weisenthal, New York, New York (acquired in 2005)Joshua Teverow, Providence, Rhode Island (acquired in 2008)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

Concours d’Elegance of Paleis Het Loo, September 2000Ferrari Meeting at Kroymans BV, April 2002New York City Concours d’Elegance, October 2005Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, January 2006 (FCA Silver Award)Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, January 2007 (FCA Gold Award)FCA National Field and Driving Concours, October 2010Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, January 2011 (FCA Platinum Award)Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, January 2012 (FCA Platinum Award)Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, February 2012 (Best in Class, Sponsors Award)Quail Motorsports Gathering, August 2012FCA National Field and Driving Concours, October 2012 (FCA Platinum Award)Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, January 2013 (FCA Platinum Award)Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, March 2013 (Amelia Award)Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, January 2014 (FCA Platinum Award)Cavallino Classic Sports Sunday at Mar-a-Lago, January 2014 (Excellence in Class)

The Ferrari presented here, 2489 GT, is a very special example of the Series II Pinin Farina Cabriolet, with just 200 built between 1959 and 1962. Designed and built by the legendary Carrozzeria Pinin Farina, the beautifully finished Cabriolet was the most refined model in Ferrari’s 250 GT range and, with an original asking price of 5,800,000 lire, it was also the most exclusive.

Completed at Pinin Farina’s Turin workshop in April 1961, 2489 GT was originally finished in Amaranto Roma with natural leather upholstery and specified with a distinctive fitted hardtop complete with an integrated sunroof. This appealing and highly versatile feature is thought to be unique to 2489 GT, which attracted the attention of Ferrari aficionado Stanley Nowak who remarked upon it in his book, Ferrari: Forty Years on the Road.

According to the research of marque historian Marcel Massini, the 2489 GT was delivered new to official Ferrari dealer J.H. Keller AG of Zurich, Switzerland, in June 1961 and subsequently sold to Mrs. Tora, the wife of a local bank director. Evidently, the Ferrari remained in the care of the Tora family until 1976, when it was sold to Ernst Wanzenried, a resident of Bern.

In the early 1990s, the Series II Cabriolet was sold to German dealer Mario Bernardi and then passed into the hands of Dutch collector Reijnold van der Poele. Following a decade in Mr. van der Poele’s care, the Ferrari was sold to Robert Weisenthal of New York, who displayed the unique Series II Cabriolet at the New York City Concours d’Elegance and the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic. From there, 2489 GT passed through another East Coast collection before being acquired by the current owner, a Florida-based enthusiast with a passion for the finest coachbuilt Italian sports cars.

Although the Ferrari was already in very good condition at the time of his acquisition, the consignor soon commissioned The Creative Workshop in Dania Beach, Florida, to perform a comprehensive, show-quality restoration. During this painstaking two-year process, every efort was undertaken to ensure that 2489 GT would be a leading concours contender. The decision was made at this time to refinish the elegant Pinin Farina coachwork in a suitably glamorous color scheme: white with red leather upholstery and a contrasting silver hardtop.

As the restoration was nearing completion in early 2012, 2489 GT was certified by the Ferrari Classiche Department, confirming it as a correct and authentic example retaining its original chassis, engine, coachwork, and other important components.

Since the restoration was completed, the outstanding, eye-catching presentation of 2489 GT has been recognized with major awards at numerous leading national concours and Ferrari Club of America events. Impressively, this elegant Ferrari has since captured four Platinum Awards at the most competitive marque gatherings, including the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic and the annual FCA Field and Driving Concours, in addition to receiving class awards at Mar-a-Lago, Amelia Island, and Boca Raton.

While campaigning the Ferrari on the concours circuit, the consignor, a degreed automotive engineer, has continued to perfect the car’s already magnificent presentation, obtaining judging sheets and consulting with recognized marque experts to make sure that any small imperfection discovered during judging could be properly addressed before the next concours appearance. Beyond this exacting attention to detail, the Ferrari has been exercised, albeit sparingly, in vintage driving events and, according to the consignor, “it runs as good as it looks.”

In keeping with its show-ready condition and impeccable presentation, this award-winning Ferrari is offered with important accessories, such as a tool roll, owner’s manual, and parts catalogue. Additionally, the sale of 2489 GT includes a detailed history report compiled by marque historian Marcel Massini, as well as the all-important Ferrari Classiche Red Book.

The next caretaker of this fabulous Series II Cabriolet will have in his or her possession an Italian thoroughbred of the absolute highest order – a Ferrari with many unique distinctions and characteristics. Presented here is an attractive Ferrari Classiche-certifed 250 GT with spectacular Pinin Farina coachwork, an exquisite restoration, a faultless concours pedigree, and an unusual factory-supplied hardtop that immediately distinguishes this car from its brethren.

Arguably the finest and most highly decorated example of a rare breed, 2489 GT is an outstanding representative of an important series of Pinin Farina-bodied Ferraris, and a true prize for the discerning collector.