1961 250 GT Pininfarina Cabriolet Series II

The car defines the scene: a little playful, a little romantic, and a serious
reinforcement of privilege

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The 250 GT Cabriolet was conceived by Pininfarina as Ferrari’s semi-luxury touring car and was thus given better interior appointments and more soundproofing than the California Spyder Series.
The cabriolet appearance was also created to look different from the Spyder, relating strongly to the 250 GT Pininfarina coupe, which was also presented as a luxury Grand Touring machine. Mechanically, however, there was little difference between an early California Spyder and the first Pininfarina Cabriolets. Performance, too, was quite comparable. Powered by a 3-liter V12 engine, they were seriously quick, very stylish grand touring Ferraris.
Offered here is a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet custom designed by Pininfarina. This Ferrari was treated to an older restoration, yet still looks quite presentable in its red finish and black interior, while the exceptional mechanical condition of this car attests to proper maintenance and care. The odometer now reads 72,000 miles.
This car is reported as an exceptionally proficient driving car with a very solid four-speed synchromesh transmission with overdrive. The car still has the correct original headlights and retains the black soft top with only minor imperfections. The engine bay and underside of the car are well detailed, while exterior red paint shows well, having been resprayed from green to red some time ago. The interior is all original and shows a very nice patina throughout, without any rips or tears.
Late Series II Cabriolets are truly one of the last undiscovered treasures of the Ferrari convertible world, especially when one considers that nearly identical LWB California Spyders now regularly top the million-
dollar mark. For the collector of V12 Ferraris, this 250 GT PF Cabriolet would make an excellent driver that is eligible for many events around the world.

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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