1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano Coupe

Subdued styling kept values among the lowest of V12 Ferraris; they were
entry-level cars priced about the same as a 250 GTE or a 250 PF coupe

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At the 1956 Geneva Motor Show, Pinin Farina unveiled a prototype built on a 250 Europa GT chassis. The new body made the car look longer than the Europa, with a crisp beltline and only a small notch in front of the rear wing. The grille was lower and smaller, the windshield was more curved, and the trunk capacity was increased. It was known as the Boano.
The factory stated it was “a production car which benefited from the experience in racing.” Even if not intended for racing, some customers won significant victories in them. Richie Ginther won the first U.S. East Coast GT race in a Boano coupe, and the cars also ran in the 1956 and 1957 Mille Miglias. Some Boanos were clothed in aluminum, like chassis #0443GT, which won the GT class in the 1956 Alpine Rally and took a first overall at the Acropolis Rally.
The GT Boano Coupe offered here is a production Boano coupe, finished in dark blue with silver roof, beige leather seats, and beige carpets. It has been mechanically restored at Bassano del Grappa, with cosmetics by the excellent Mario Galbiatti, ex-Carrozzeria Zagato.
This car’s first owner was an Italian named Vittorio de Micheli, who purchased the car new in 1956. It was later offered for sale in the U.S. by Bill Rhodes in May 1993, before coming back to Italy in 2004 and then to its present owner.
The car is superb and fully eligible for most historic events, a very reasonably priced “ticket” to enter the Mille Miglia at the wheel of a Ferrari.

Steve Ahlgrim

Steve Ahlgrim - SCM Contributing Editor

Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.

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