1960 Ferrari 250 GT

Road car production moved from being a necessity for Ferrari to an essential part of the company's ongoing stability. The earliest series-production Ferrari automobiles, the 250 Europa, were built from 1953 to 1954 totaling twenty cars. The Europa was followed by the 250 GT in 1954, which brought a more compact and lighter Colombo-designed 3-liter V12 in place of the predecessor's Lampredi unit. By this point, these were still batch-produced specialty cars with cosmetic features and mechanical attributes which often varied from on example to the next. This was true of the first series cabriolets which was been designed and built by Pinin Farina at their specialty shop rather than the Grugliasco factory, which was still under construction.

As the 1960s came into view, Ferrari was perfecting their production model line-up. Ferrari recognized that there had been many external similarities between the road going cabriolets and the Scaglietti-built California Spider for customers to easily understand the difference. Ferrari corrected this with the introduction of Pinin Farina's second-series 250 GT Cabriolet prototype on chassis number 1213 GT in late 1959. The Series II was visually different from the California Spiders, wearing a more rounded nose and faired-in headlamps. It had improved interior space for the occupants as well as additional room in the trunk. It offered a greater level of luxury along with grand touring readability.

Mechanical improvements included all-wheel disc brakes and the latest iteration of the classic Colombo V-12 engine, coded as the Tipo 128F. The engine, first appearing in one of the aluminum-bodied California Spiders of 1959, had its spark plugs relocated to the V-12's outside surfaced, and the coil-valve springs were substituted for hairpins. These changes allowed the engine to breathe better and improved reliability and torque.

The new cabriolet made its debut in 1959 at the Paris Motor Show and approximately 200 examples of the second-series Pinin Farina Cabriolet were produced through mid-1962.


by Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2018
1960 Ferrari 250 GT vehicle information

Cabriolet
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 2039 GT
Engine Num: 2039GT

In 1957 Ferrari produced its first real convertible model for the road, the 250 Gran Turismo Cabriolet, bodied by Pinin Farina. Only 40 of these first series soft top Ferraris were built before being replaced with the updated Series II in September o....[continue reading]

1960 Ferrari 250 GT vehicle information

Cabriolet
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 1803GT
Engine Num: 1803GT

As the company's most successful early line of vehicles, the Ferrari 250 was produced for over a decade from 1953 to 1964 and resulted in several variants. The Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II was launched at the Paris Salon of 1959. The Series II ....[continue reading]

1960 Ferrari 250 GT vehicle information

Coupe

The Geneva Motor Show of March 1956 represented a milestone for Ferrari, as the Italian company debuted the seminal 250 GT, regarded by many automotive historians as the first true series-produced model to emerge from Maranello. Although the Geneva p....[continue reading]

1960 Ferrari 250 GT vehicle information

Cabriolet
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 2079 GT
Engine Num: 2079 GT

In 1957 Ferrari produced the 250 Granturismo Cabriolet bodied by Pinin Farina. Only 40 of these first-series soft-top Ferraris were built before being replaced with the updated Series II, launched at the Paris Auto Show in 1959. ....[continue reading]

1960 Ferrari 250 GT vehicle information

Cabriolet
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 1805 GT
Engine Num: 1805 GT

As racing costs continued to increase for Ferrari during the mid- to late-1950s, Ferrari needed to sell more road-going models to help pay for its extensive racing program. Ferrari had offered road-going models in the past, but they were essentially ....[continue reading]

1960 Ferrari 250 GT vehicle information

Cabriolet
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 2145 GT

Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Cabriolet Series II with chassis number 2145GT is a left hand drive vehicle. The car has had only a few owners since new. During the early 1990s it was shown but its owner, Robert Nuzzo of the US, at the Colorado Grand. It....[continue reading]

1960 Ferrari 250 GT vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 1671

1960 was the last year for the Pinin Farina Coupe with 353 built from 1958. The Coupe looked much like a Series 2 250 PF Cabriolet although with a hardtop. Both Cabriolet and Coupe had that somewhat understated PF styling prevalent in the period. Und....[continue reading]

1960 Ferrari 250 GT vehicle information

Cabriolet
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 1817 GT

There were just 200 examples of the Series II Pinin Farina Cabriolet produced between 1959 and 1962. The asking price of 5,800,000 lire nearly guaranteed its exclusivity. This particular Series II Cabriolet was completed at the factory in May of 1960....[continue reading]

1960 Ferrari 250 GT vehicle information

Cabriolet
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 1981GT
Engine Num: 1981GT

The Ferrari 250 GT provided the company with much needed financial stability and was Ferrari's first volume-produced model. Production began with the 250 Europa, constructed from 1953 to 1954 (with fewer than twenty cars), before being superseded by ....[continue reading]

1960 Ferrari 250 GT vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 2017GT

This 250 GT Pinin Farina Coupe with serial number 2017GT is one of the last 250 GT coupes built. With the standard 3-liter V12 engine, the 2+2 is fitted with disc brakes, electronic overdrive and is shown in the Ferrari color of Grigio Conchiglia, o....[continue reading]

1960 Ferrari 250 GT vehicle information

Cabriolet
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 2143GT

This vehicle is a Cabriolet Series II with chassis number 2143GT.....[continue reading]

1960 Ferrari 250 GT vehicle information

Cabriolet
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 1939 GT

This car was originally delivered in pale green Grigio Conchiglia over a tan leather and vinyl interior to its original owner in Milan. By 1974, the car had been exported to America and disassembled. It was sold around 1980, still apart, before being....[continue reading]

1960 Ferrari 250 GT vehicle information

Cabriolet
Designer: Pininfarina

This is a series 2 Pininfarina Cabriolet on the 250 long wheelbase frame - some 202 were made between 1959 and 1962; it followed the Series 1 from 1957 to 1959 of which some 40 were made. Between 1958 and 1960 Ferrari also made 353 similar cars to th....[continue reading]

1960 Ferrari 250 GT vehicle information

Cabriolet
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 1695 GT
Engine Num: 1695 GT

It is estimated that 200 examples of the 250 GT Pinin Farina Cabriolet were built. This particular example, chassis number 1695 GT, has a rather extensive list of ownership history. It entered the Pinin Farina plant for coachwork on December 1st of 1....[continue reading]

1960 Ferrari 250 GT vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 1745 GT
Engine Num: 1745 GT

This Ferrari 250 GT Coupe by Pinin Farina is the 291st of the 353 250 GT Coupes built. It was completed by Pinin Farina on March 16th of 1960 and supplied new to the first owner S.Q.V.I.B. S.p.A. of Milan later that same month. The car was then sold ....[continue reading]

1960 Ferrari 250 GT vehicle information

Cabriolet
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 2007 GT
Engine Num: 2007 GT

The Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II by Pinin Farina was a true gentleman's high-speed touring car. They were well appointed luxury cars exquisitely trimmed and appointed to meet Ferrari's demanding and discerning clientele. The trunk provided adeq....[continue reading]

1960 Ferrari 250 GT vehicle information

Cabriolet
Designer: Pininfarina

This Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet was special-ordered as presented and displayed at the 1960 Rassegna Internazionale dell'Automobile, prior to delivery.....[continue reading]

1960 Ferrari 250 GT vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 2081 GT
Engine Num: 2081 GT

The Ferrari 250 GT with coachwork by Pinin Farina made its debut at the 1958 Paris motor show. Known as the Pinin Farina Coupe, 353 examples were built through 1960. This particular Coupe is a Series II variant equipped with Dunlop disc brakes, overd....[continue reading]

Cabriolet
Chassis #: 2039 GT 
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 1803GT 
Coupe
 
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 2079 GT 
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 1805 GT 
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 2145 GT 
Coupe
Chassis #: 1671 
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 1817 GT 
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 1981GT 
Coupe
Chassis #: 2017GT 
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 2143GT 
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 1939 GT 
Cabriolet
 
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 1695 GT 
Coupe
Chassis #: 1745 GT 
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 2007 GT 
Cabriolet
 
Coupe
Chassis #: 2081 GT 

Related Reading : Ferrari 250 GT History

Production of the 250 Series began in 1954 and continued on through the early part of the 1960s. There were numerous variations of the 250 and would ultimately become Ferraris most successful line of vehicles to date. The 250 is also recognized as the first Ferrari to ever receive disc brakes. This did not take place until the end of the 1950s. Also, the 250 was the first four-seater. Ferraris....
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