Although several special-order 2+2s had been produced in the 1950s, the 250 GTE was Ferrari’s first true production 2+2, and it enabled them to widen their potential market and compete directly with Aston Martin, Maserati and Facel Vega. The new 2+2 would bring for the first time wide-scale production, with 953 examples in total, across three model variants, being produced between 1960 and 1963. It is widely recognized that fewer than half of the original GTE models have survived, as so many were adapted to re-create the California Spyder and 250 SWB.
The 250 GTE was built on the same chassis used for the other 250 series coupés with the engine moved forward by eight inches to provide room for the rear seats. Interior space would accommodate two adults and two children. The model was powered by the famous Colombo-designed 3-liter V12. Styling was by Pininfarina. The 250 GTE succeeded in enhancing Ferrari’s reputation, as film stars, business tycoons and celebrities such as Frank Sinatra were proud owners.
Chassis number 3823GT was completed by the Ferrari factory in 1962 to be presented at the 1962 Paris Motor Show. The car is featured in the 1962 Ferrari Year Book with pictures in the history file of it gleaming on the show stand. The original build sheet showed this car was finished in Celeste with a beige hide interior, and it retains this same color combination today with faithfully matched specifications. Full Ferrari Classiche certification confirms the originality of all the mechanical components.
Between 2007 and 2013, the engine and transmission were rebuilt. Additional work included a rear axle rebuild, refurbishment of the Borrani wheels, and a new Orbisoud stainless-steel exhaust system.
The current vendor commissioned a cosmetic restoration, stripping the car to bare metal and refinishing it in the original color. The interior hides are hand-finished Connolly leather. Most of the chrome work was replated and polished to a very high standard.
Offered with a fascinating Paris motor show history and all aforementioned paperwork documenting its originality, this 250 GTE offers its next owner the same iconic Ferrari 250 Colombo-engined ownership at a fraction of the cost of the other 250 variants.