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Lot 53

2018   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2018

1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet

Coachwork by Pininfarina

Estimate

$1,500,000 - $1,800,000

Chassis

2341 GT

Engine

2341

Car Highlights

The 108th of 200 Series II Pininfarina Cabriolets Built as Documented by Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini
Accompanied by Tools, Jack, and Factory Hardtop
Recent Award-Winning, Documented Restoration
Ready for Concours Showings or Touring
Featured on the Cover of Cavallino, Issue 26

Technical Specs

2,953 CC SOHC V-12 Engine
Three Weber 40 DCL6 Carburetors
240 BHP at 7,000 RPM
4-Speed Synchromesh Manual Gearbox with Overdrive
4-Wheel Dunlop Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Unequal-Length Upper and Lower A-Arms
Rear Live Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs

Saleroom Addendum

Please note that this vehicle is titled 1962 with a chassis no. 250GTF2341.

Register to Bid

Gordon Scott, Rome, Italy (acquired new in 1961)Vulsinia Films, Rome, Italy (acquired from the above in 1963)Fraire S.r.l., Rome, Italy (acquired in 1964)Michael Ickx, Rome, Italy (acquired from the above in 1966)Tony Scodwell, Las Vegas, Nevada (acquired circa 1971)Paul Baron, La Jolla, California (acquired from the above circa 1974)Bob Hermann, Los Angeles, California (acquired in 1976)Don Polan, Dallas, Texas (acquired from the above in 1977)Jim Curry, Austin, Texas (acquired from the above circa 1982)Greg Brendel, Dallas, Texas (acquired circa 2006)Robert Harris, Logan, Utah (acquired circa 2007)S. Wolf, Boca Raton, Florida (acquired circa 2008)Current Owner (acquired from the above via Michael Sheehan in 2010)

Boardwalk Ferrari-Maserati Car Show, Plano, Texas, June 2006Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, Greenwich, Connecticut, June 2012 (Best Italian GT Car 1961–1963)Americana Manhasset Concours d’Elegance, Manhasset, New York, October 2012 (Best in Class, Early Ferrari)

While several spider-bodied Ferraris appeared by the late 1950s, cabriolets featuring proper folding soft tops had only been made in small numbers. Between 1957 and 1958, Pinin Farina created 40 exclusive open sports cars based on the Ferrari 250 platform.

Commonly referred to as Series I Cabriolets, each had a unique chassis specification, interior appointments, and exterior details.

In 1958, the Series I Cabriolet was joined by the 250 GT Pinin Farina Coupe. Launched at the Paris Auto Show, it was refined, practical, yet provided more performance than would be expected of any luxurious GT. By 1960, 353 near-identical examples were completed, making it the first true Ferrari production car. The next year, Ferrari unveiled a Series II 250 Cabriolet, based on the already successful 250 GT Pinin Farina Coupe.

Series II Cabriolets benefited from a number of technical advancements that added to the 250’s overall driving experience, such as disc brakes and the latest iteration of the Gioacchino Colombo-designed 60º 3.0-liter V-12. Designated tipo 128, the engine featured outside spark plugs, coil-valve springs, and 12-port cylinder heads for improved power and reliability. Topped with three Weber DCL6 carburetors, and mated to a four-speed synchromesh manual gearbox with overdrive, power was rated as 240 bhp at 7,000 rpm – enough to propel the cabriolet from 0–60 mph in 7.5 seconds and to a top speed approaching 140 mph.

The 108th of 200 Series II Cabriolets built, as documented by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, chassis 2341 GT was assembled in Maranello and sent to Pininfarina in Torino for the fitment of its body and interior, arriving at the carrozzeria’s workshops on November 30, 1960. Completed on March 28, 1961, 2341 GT was originally finished in Grigio Fumo (Smoke Gray) over a vinyl and leather Naturale interior. It was sold through SEFAC, Ferrari’s corporate umbrella for racing during the 1960s, to its first owner, American film and television actor Gordon Scott, then living in Rome and perhaps best known for his work as the lead in several Tarzan films.

The cabriolet, after passing through a number of owners, was exported from Italy to the US in the late 1960s, and Massini documents the car as then being sold to Las Vegas resident and musician Tony Scodwell in 1971. Mr. Scodwell would recount his purchase, restoration, adventures, and sale of the cabriolet in an entertaining feature article published in the March/April 1985 edition of Cavallino magazine.

For the next three decades, the cabriolet passed through a series of ownerships in Texas, California, and Utah, during which it underwent repair and restoration work at various times for accident damage, cosmetic refurbishment, and maintenance. In December 2010, 2341 GT would pass via Ferrari broker Michael Sheehan to its current collector owner. Wasting little time, an extensive refurbishment of 2341 GT was entrusted to award-winning restoration shop Horsepower Enterprises in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

With receipts on file totaling over $200,000, the documented twoyear restoration process refreshed mechanical and cosmetic aspects of 2341 GT. This rare open Ferrari was meticulously repainted in the sporting and bold color combination of black over a red leather interior, complemented by the black soft top and detachable hardtop. All chrome and brightwork, including the Borrani wire wheels, was refinished, and new rubber trim and gaskets installed throughout. The car’s original drivetrain was rebuilt, while braking and suspension components received similar treatment.

The quality of the work was rewarded at the June 2012 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance when this Series II Cabriolet won Best Italian GT Car 1961–1963. Then, in October 2012 at the Americana Manhasset Concours d’Elegance, 2341 GT reprised its performance by earning class honors for early Ferrari cars.

Offered with its hardtop, tools, jack, restoration documentation, and Marcel Massini report, this rare Ferrari 250 Series II Cabriolet also possesses the desirable attributes of matching numbers and a recent award-winning restoration. Ready for further concours showings or touring, 2341 GT certainly provides a stylish way to do so.