A one-off custom built 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale by Pinin Farina heads to auction for $11,000,000 – $13,000,000.
The Italian thoroughbred was displayed at the Ferrari 50th Anniversary meet, Cavallino Classic, and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where the crowd were said to be ‘in awe’ of its beauty.
Retaining its matching numbers, engine and gearbox, this particular Ferrari was built exclusively for Lilian, Princess of Réthy, the royal lady of Belgium.
Fit For A Princess
Given a comprehensive restoration in 1997, Chassis no. 0751 GT was indeed for for a Princess, or in this case Princess of Réthy. Arriving in early September, the type 508 C chassis arrived at Pinin Farina’s workshop, and the coachbuilder proceeded to craft the most elegant of body styling, whilst staying true to Ferrari design principles.
Boasting a rather long-nose, the Speciale’s boisterous looks gave the Italian Coupe a presence second to none. Encapsulated headlamps, much like the 250 GT Tour de France racing berlinettas of the time, work in synergy with chrome louvered vents that stand out of the generic crowd.
Bonnet scoop, bumperettes and other variations driven sympathetically from Series I cabriolets, with proportional values in keeping with what would be witnessed on the series-based 250 GT Pinin Farina coupes that went into production by the year’s end.
Grigio Fumo Max Meyer
RM Sotheby’s describe the car as being finished in Grigio Fumo Max Meyer and trimmed with naturale Connolly Vaumol leather, the one-off coupe was delivered to the Princess de Réthy at her Waterloo home in January 1958, and registered with Belgian diplomatic tags. Nearly 10 years later the Princess ordered a third coachbuilt Ferrari based on a 330 GTC, and in consequence she sought to bequeath the 250 GT Speciale to a worthy successor.
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Offered for the first time in 2 years, this truly stunning 250 GT Coupe Speciale has the feel and looks of the most royal of Ferrari’s. Featured in numerous motoring books including Angelo Tito Anselmi’s Le Ferrari di Pininfarina, Stanley Nowak’s Ferrari – Forty Years on the Road, Antoine Prunet’s Ferrari Legend – the Road Cars, Gianni Rogliatti’s Ferrari Ecurie Garage Francorchamps, Keith Bluemel’s Ferrari – The Road Cars, and individual issues of Forza and Prancing Horse magazines.
The auction and full details of the illustrious car can be found here.