1958 Ferrari 250 GT Ellena

The production of the 250 GT began in 1954 and continued into the early 1960's. A variety of body styles, engines, and coachbuilders were used. Keeping with the tradition of Ferrari, the coachbuilders were Italian. Ferrari provided the chassis and the engines, the coachbuilders provided the body and the styling. Most of the production of these vehicles were done by Pinin Farina. In 1957, however, production was taken over by Scaglietti.

The construction of the 250 GT bodywork was at the facility located in Grugliasco. In 1957 the firm's name was changed to Ellena. This transpired because of Mario Boano's move to FIAT where he became the head of their styling department. Since Ferrari supplied the chassis and engine, the Ellena version did not change in those areas. The bodywork, however, saw a higher roofline which provided more headroom for the passenger and driver. This change is hardly noticeable. Production of the Ellena versions ended in the middle of 1958 to make room for the 250 GT Pinin Farina 'Notchback.' During the 'Ellena era' which lasted a little over 11 months, about 47 versions were produced.

Many of the early models of the 250 GT were 2+2 styled. They had tiny back seats which double as luggage space. The later versions were 2 seaters with a luggage shelf behind the seats.

The Ferrari 250 GT used a 60-degree single-overhead-cam, 'vee' type 12-cylinder. The engine had aluminum alloy block and heads with cast-iron cylinder liners. Colombo was the producer of this engine. The horsepower produced was in the neighborhood of 220-260.


by Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2008

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1958 Ferrari 250 GT Ellena vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 0875GT

At the 1956 Geneva Auto Show, Pinin Farina (which became Pininfarina in 1961) presented a prototype Ferrari 250GT coupe, while Mario Boano displayed a 250GT cabriolet prototype. The production coupe was built by Boano, although to Pinin Farina's des....[continue reading]

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Ellena vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 0857 GT

Ferrari showed two prototypes of its 250GT at the 1956 Geneva Auto Show - the coupe was presented by Pinin Farina and the cabriolet by Mario Boano. Both featured a wheelbase of 102 inches and each was powered by a Columbo-designed 3-litre V-12 mated ....[continue reading]

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Ellena vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 0861 GT

The 'Boano' and 'Ellena' Berlinettas are generally considered to be Ferrari's first series-built grand touring cars. Pinin Farina had designed their first Ferrari as early as 1952 and by the mid-1950s, had established the Ferrari design, as exemplifi....[continue reading]

Coupe
Chassis #: 0875GT 
Coupe
Chassis #: 0857 GT 
Coupe
Chassis #: 0861 GT 

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