1961 Ferrari 250 GTE Series 1 2+2 Coupe

“Pininfarina and Enzo Ferrari have collaborated to make a most desirable motor car: expensive, fast and luxuriously comfortable, with a large luggage compartment. All this adds up to a Gran Turismo, with the accent on the ‘Gran,’ par excellence. If you want to go road racing look to the Berlinetta, but for touring in the grand style, ‘Two plus Two’ equals near perfection.” — so says Sports Cars Illustrated.

Intended to extend Ferrari’s appeal to a sector of the market already contested by rivals Aston Martin and Maserati, the 250 GTE 2+2 debuted in the summer of 1960. The GTE featured a light, compact Colombo-designed 3.0-liter V12. The 250 GT chassis was a multi-tubular frame tied together by oval main tubes and an independent coil spring front suspension. Introduced with a 4-speed gearbox and drum brakes, late GTEs were updated with disc brakes and an overdrive gearbox.

Pininfarina’s brief had been to produce a 2+2 without sacrificing elegant good looks or sporting demeanor. Moving the engine, gearbox and steering gear forward — and the fuel tank back — accomplished the task without altering the 250 GT’s wheelbase. The Tipo 128E outside-plug engine’s 240 horsepower ensured that performance was crisp. A highly profitable car for Ferrari, the 250 GTE evolved through three series, remaining in production until 1963.

This barn-find 250 GTE 2+2 is an estate sale. It was sold new in Rome, Italy, and was once owned by Agostino “Dino” De Laurentiis, who produced the film “Serpico,” among many others.

The car still carries an expired 1976 tax disc and its last MoT certificate. This well-preserved barn find represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire an original and untouched early Ferrari 250 GTE, ripe for sympathetic restoration by a fortunate new owner.

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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