1958 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe

With the 250 engine came a family of cars that turned Ferrari from a small-scale marque to a world-renowned manufacturer. This range was based on a powerful 3-liter V12 engine designed by Gioacchino Colombo. The engine was adaptable to use on the road or the track. After the first examples of the 250 Ellena and 250 GT Europa, the development of this group of cars took off in 1958 with the arrival of the 250 GT PF coupe, designed by Pininfarina, who was also in charge of building it. It became the spearhead model for the marque, with competition versions built at the same time, including the legendary 250 GTO.

Delivered new in Europe, this Ferrari spent a large part of its life in the United States before it was imported into Holland 10 years ago. It had been repainted red but retained its original red interior. The engine had been replaced by a correct 250 GT engine with the improved outside spark plug cylinder heads. The brakes had also been sensibly upgraded to discs all round. The car remained in dry storage for several years before being bought by the current owner in Holland. The bodywork was very sound, but the rubber seals and pipes needed an overhaul, as the car had previously been standing for a long time in a hot climate.

While in the current owner’s hands, the car has been restored to the original configuration. A great deal of work was carried out by the very best workshops — ensuring that the car is presented in a splendid condition today. The V12 engine sounds sublime, and the car changes through the gears beautifully. Here is a stunning example of a great classic. The 250 GT is at the heart of the empire that Ferrari represents today. As such it carries strong historical value — in addition to being a truly outstanding car— providing a wonderful drive and a thrill to look at.

Steve Ahlgrim

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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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