1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series 1 by Pinin Farina

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series 1 by Pinin Farina
Darin Schnabel ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The 14th of 40 Series I 250 GT cabriolets built, chassis 0791GT was delivered new in a very attractive colour combination of Bianco over Blu Connolly leather. Its color scheme perfectly suited the car’s personality as a fashionable open-top Ferrari.

First owner John R. Fulp Jr. of Greenville, SC, was a gentleman racer with respectable showings at both Sebring and Le Mans. Fulp kept the car until the fall of 1959, when it was traded back to Luigi Chinetti for a 410 Superamerica.

Chinetti sold the cabriolet to James Harrison, who had it refinished in silver over red with the dashboard revised similarly to that of a 400 Superamerica. When issues with the engine arose, a newer, outside-plug replacement engine was sourced through Chinetti.

Harrison sold the car to Robert Donner Jr., also a noted gentleman racer. Donner owned several significant Ferraris, including a 250 GTO. Donner refinished the car in red over red. Donner drove this car in the Colorado Grand no less than a dozen times.

Following Donner’s passing, the car was purchased by enthusiasts who painted it blue. Its fifth owner took it to Europe, where it was returned to its as-delivered specification of Bianco over Blu, and fitted with a correct Type 128 C engine, sourced from Ferrari Classiche.

With fascinating ownership history, chassis 0791GT is a wonderful grand touring Ferrari in all regards, and would be an astute addition to any collection.

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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