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1957 Ferrari 250-GT Boano

Body Coupe
Fuel type Petrol
Engine 3.0 Litre V12
Transmission Manual
Exterior Color Green metallic
Interior Color Brown
Upholstery Leather
Steering Lhd
VIN 0645 GT
By the mid-1950s, Ferrari’s focus was not only on racing. The famous Maranello company was also interested in selling road cars in more than ones and twos to the world’s wealthiest, the way it had done in the past.

A prototype of a new 250 GT Coupé, bearing the immortal Colombo 3.0-litre Tipo 128 V12 and using the classic 2,600mm wheelbase, was in development at Pinin Farina’s Turin plant in September 1955. Intended for limited-series production, the delicate, yet masculine design was shown at the March 1956 Geneva Salon. In the fashion of the day, it bore no name.

Although this was a model intended to be built in numbers, however limited, Pinin Farina could not manufacture the bodies at its new Grugliasco plant. It was not yet ready, and the 30,000sq mt factory was geared up to producing 1,000s of cars for Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and others.

So production was outsourced to ex-Ghia employees Mario-Felice Boano and Luciano Pollo whose company, Carrozzeria Boano, had been formed in 1953. Later, Mario-Felice Boano went to Fiat to run its central styling office and management reverted to Pollo, joined by his son-in-law Ezio Ellena. As a result, the 250 GTs made during this time, though mechanically similar, are referred to as either ‘Boano’ or ‘Ellena’ cars.

The Boanos are distinguished by their elegant ‘low roof’, and 68 cars were built before production switched to the ‘high roof’ Ellena, of which some 50 were made. Although small changes in transmission, braking and steering came in as production went on, the cars’ performance was identical: 220-240bhp at 7,000rpm; ca. 125mph maximum; standing ¼ mile of 16 seconds.

The interiors were better finished than the Scaglietti-built, pared down berlinettas, but each one was still ‘classic Ferrari’ – a cockpit that meant serious driving for two.

Inevitably, several were raced and rallied, scoring creditable results on the Mille Miglia, the Tour de France Automobile and serious long-distance events.

At least one car was entered for the world-famous Monte Carlo Rally – the car illustrated.

* Unrestored and largely unseen since 1958
* With period competition history
* Matching numbers, Ferrari Classiche certified, FIVA A2 passport

* Swiss registered and never before offered for public sale
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