A quintessential 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe by Ellena (Est:$575,000 – $675,000) is one of the Italian automotive stars to feature in a forthcoming online auction May 21 2020.
At the 1956 Geneva Salon, the Italian marque took its biggest step towards series production with the introduction of a new 250 GT model. The contract for coupe production was awarded to the eponymous Carrozzeria of Mario Felice Boano, a former Ghia stylist.
Boano built approximately 82 examples of the 250 GT coupe, then moved to a new position at Fiat. Carrozzeria was then transferred to son in law, Ezio Ellena and subsequently renamed ‘Ellena’ who built 50 more cars with a revised design that most significantly saw the roofs raised by two inches to accommodate taller drivers. It is worth noting that of the 50 cars produced by Ellena, fewer than 40 are believed to survive today.
Hand-built at the Ferrari factory with additional features that include special exhaust guards, custom Ferrari emblem and lettering on the front hood, as well as a unique instrument and dashboard configuration that was technically sophisticated makes this 40th of only 50 examples built delightfully intriguing.
This was one of Ferrari’s first experimental developments utilising this highly specialised material which included bonnet and boot being made from fibreglass composites.
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The car was originally sold new to one of the owners of Wax & Vitale SpA in Genoa, the official Johnnie Walker whisky importer for Italy. From there the car changed hands after a brief period and was imported to the United States by Italian racecar driver Luigi Chinetti, who reportedly showed the car at the 1960 Chicago Auto Show.
In 1965, 1007GT was also shown at the very first Ferrari Club of America Annual Meet, held on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.
Restoration photos and invoices and Marcel Massini history report accompany the meticulous prancing horse which also boasts original numbers-matching engine and presented in excellent condition in its original colours of Grigio Conchiglia over Blu Connolly leather.
Full details of this car and auction can be found at RM Sotheby’s via this link.
Images courtesy RM Sothebys.