1962 Ferrari 250GT PF Cabriolet Series II

The 250 engine paved the way for a large family of cars that helped Ferrari expand their limited output into series-produced sports cars. The new range was based on the 3-liter V12 engine designed by Gioacchino Colombo. The engine was powerful, smooth and adaptable to both touring and racing. The trend continued with the arrival of the Cabriolet 250 GT PF in 1957 — the last two letters standing for Pinin Farina (then still written as two words), who oversaw the design and the manufacture of the coachwork

At the 1959 Paris Motor Show, Ferrari presented the Cabriolet 250 GT Series II. The appeal of its sophisticated mechanics was complemented by the relaxed pleasure of driving with the top down. This cabriolet was one of the most glamorous models of the 1960s — if not in the history of car-making.

The current owner of 3499GT used to take his Alfa Romeo 1750 Coupé Bertone for servicing at Garage André in Marseille. Mr. Paulet, the original owner of 3499GT, used to bring the Ferrari to the same garage and it was here that the two men met. Mr. Paulet was so impressed by the young man’s passion that he promised him first refusal if he ever decided to sell. Five years later, Madame Paulet called to fulfill her late husband’s wishes. Our enthusiast had no hesitation in selling his Alfa Romeo and with the proceeds, plus another 500,000 French francs, secured the Ferrari.

The car is in an unheard-of original state: Everything — down to the screws — is in virtually original condition. The owner guarantees that the Ferrari’s mileage is indeed 15,000 km (9,320 miles). The car is equipped with its very rare hard top and original Ferrari leather wallet.

In its original gray livery, its leather granted a handsome patina by time, it resembles a Sleeping Beauty that has just awoken from a lengthy slumber. To have survived for nearly 50 years in this condition is almost miraculous. This cabriolet must be one of the most authentic and original currently known.

John Apen

John Apen - SCM Contributor

John holds degrees in engineering and operations research from the University of California-Berkeley, New York University, and Johns Hopkins. He vintage raced a Ferrari TdF for 13 years and has been restoring old cars for nearly 50 years. He owned the Atlanta Ferrari-Maserati dealership, FAF, for 17 years. He’s always had an affinity for obscure American cars, and in high school, he drove a 1936 Packard convertible coupe, followed by a 1949 Olds Holiday hardtop that got him through college. Today his garage includes 11 cars, including a Top Flight 1960 Corvette he’s owned since day one, a 1957 T-Bird, and several vintage Ferraris. His automotive library contains over 5,000 magazines and books and 1,800 auction catalogs. He has contributed to SCM since 1996.

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