1. 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Ellena

  2. 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Ellena

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Coachwork by Carrozzeria Ellena
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Ellena
The Pacific Grove Auction

ESTIMATE: $700,000 - $800,000
• The last of just 50 250 GT Ellena coupes produced
• Numbers-matching engine; History compiled by Marcel Massini
• Not offered for public sale since 1976
• Exciting discovery and offering of an unrestored 1950s coachbuilt Ferrari
• Retaining the Rhode Island temporary permit issued 1976

2,953 cc SOHC V-12 engine, triple Weber twin-choke carburetors, 240 HP at 7,000 RPM , four-speed synchromesh manual gearbox, independent front suspension with wishbones and coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and parallel trailing arms, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 2,600 mm (102.36”)

During the early 1950s, Ferrari’s low-production road models were in essence thinly disguised racing chassis cloaked in a bewildering array of body styles by Italy’s top coach builders including Allemano, Ghia, Stabilimenti Farina, Touring, and Vignale, with no two cars truly alike. While the design house of Battista “Pinin” Farina had bodied only a handful of Ferrari road-car chassis through 1952, the Turinese firm enjoyed virtual exclusivity from 1953 forward with the advent of the 375 America and 250 Europa, with the latter refined into the 250 Europa GT by 1955, powered by the “short-block” V-12 engine derived from the Gioacchino Colombo design. The March 1956 Geneva Salon was a truly important event as the debut venue for the next Ferrari ‘250’ road model – bodied by Pinin Farina, which took pride of place there as the first example of the very first “true,” series-built Ferrari Grand Touring car.

The exquisite design of Pinin Farina’s new 250 Granturismo (GT for short) included such soon-to-become iconic features as an oval “egg-crate” grille with a large single fog lamp flanking each outer edge, thin chrome bumpers, smoothly unadorned bodysides, and a straight upper fender line running straight through the doors to the squared-off rear fenders mounting a single vertical tail lamp. The softly flowing roofline, distinctive “B” pillar, and wraparound rear window provided a modern sporting counterpoint to the new Ferrari’s overall theme of understated elegance. While the new ‘250’ project was important to Pinin Farina’s growth and future as a company, its existing facilities were already quite crowded, necessitating expansion. Since construction was not anticipated to be complete until late 1957, Pinin Farina entrusted production of the new 250 GT coupes to Carrozzeria Boano, also of Turin, which produced some 68 to 80 examples. Following the departure of Mario Boano at the end of 1957 to head Fiat’s styling department, son-in-law Ezio Ellena took over with longtime partner Luciano Pollo. Renamed Carrozzeria Ellena, the enterprise built a mere 50 Ferrari 250 GTs, now referred to as “Ellena” coupes, featuring a two-inch raised roofline that improved headroom and, arguably, overall proportions. Welcome mechanical improvements applied to the Ellena-bodied 250 GTs enhancing the driving experience included a standard-style gearbox shift pattern for the four-speed manual gearbox, along with larger brakes, a ZF steering system, and a single ignition distributor.

A January 1958 Sports Car Illustrated test of the Ellena-bodied 250 GT quoted top speed at 125 mph, with 157 mph theoretically possible depending upon the final-drive ratio selected. Acceleration of the road-test car was 5.9 seconds for the 0–60 dash. Interior aspects, including the steering wheel, instrument panel, gauges, and door hardware were identical to its 250 GT stablemates. Sadly, the fate of many Ellena-bodied 250 GTs was not good, with some later re-bodied to resemble a TdF or Spider, and some lost their engines to power racing cars. Only a fraction of the 50 Ellenas produced survive intact today with their original bodies and engines, making this 1958 Ferrari 250 GT (s/n 0887 GT), documented as the last of the series produced, an exciting discovery which should continue to be preserved or would make an excellent candidate for future restoration.

Listed as the last Ellena-bodied 250 GT produced in Hilary A. Raab’s “Ferrari Serial Numbers Part I,” 0887 GT is a numbers-matching example with well-documented ownership history compiled by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini. Its original chassis type 508C is shared with that of the 250 GT California Spider, 250 GT Series I Cabriolet, 250 GT Speciales, and 250 Tour de France, to name only a few. As was the original Tipo 128C “inside plug” V-12 Colombo engine. Designated as “The Last Ellena,” 0887GT’s chassis was sent to Carrozzeria Ellena in Torino, Italy in February 1958. Its engine assembly was completed in May 1958. The final factory completion of 0887 GT was in June that same year and the car was shipped to the United States and delivered new to Luigi Chinetti Motors, Inc. in New York. From there, Chinetti would sell it later that year to a wealthy Italian family in the construction business and living in Rhode Island, who had 0887 GT regularly serviced by Gaston “Gus” Andrey of Framingham, Massachusetts through 1969, when the Ferrari offered for sale by a dealer in Waltham, Massachusetts. It was later sold to Paul Annunziata of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, who soon wound up selling it back to the dealer. In late 1975, 0887 GT was sold to Foreign Car World, a dealer located in Johnstown, Rhode Island. Interestingly, 0887 GT was advertised for sale by Foreign Car World in the very first edition of Ferrari Market Letter (Volume 1, Number 1) published on January 3, 1976, advertised as red with tan interior – at the princely asking price of $4,500. On January 31, 1976, 0887 GT was sold by Foreign Car World to B. Byrd Wilson of Fairport, New York, who at the time also owned a Ferrari 275 GTS and two 250 GTE 2+2s. Mr. Wilson relocated to Wisconsin with all his cars in 1985 and retained 0887 GT until June 2006, when he sold it to Scott Kelly of Oxford, Michigan, who would keep the Ellena until May 2018. With only two owners from 1976 to 2018, 0887 GT was largely unknown to Ferrari collectors and for many of those years, it quietly resided, hidden from sight, in a horse stable.

While the old respay to red is now flaking in many areas, revealing the original body metal, the original exterior paint remains in places including the inner door jamb covers. The fuel tank was cleaned out and the clutch serviced, allowing the Ellena to run and move under its own power; nonetheless, a thorough check and servicing is recommended prior to road use. Inside, the tan upholstery remains original and has aged quite gracefully over the past 60 years. A number of formerly missing items were sourced, including the rear-view mirror and original Marelli ignition coils. The incorrect headers were replaced by correct-type slip-on headers and mated to a correct exhaust. In addition, the original Rhode Island trip permit dated 4-23-76 is mounted at the rear of the vehicle. As offered, 0887 GT offers many possibilities for an astute new owner to either service and preserve it as presented as the ultimate nostalgic Grand Tourer, or to commission a concours-worthy total restoration to as-new condition. Perhaps the most loved Ferrari's, the 250 GT in its several forms has captured the hearts of automobile enthusiasts around the world, and for very good reason. Offered here today is one of those reasons, 0887GT. It is a very low production example with a known history and presents as a numbers matching and highly original grand touring car in pure form. It marks a very rare and sought after discovery indeed.

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