See New Pricing!!! Solid Older Restoration with Covered Headlights
1960 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Cabriolet Series II
s/n 2137GT engine no. 2137GT
Rosso Corsa with Tan Leather Interior
Introduced in 1960, the Series II 250GT Pinin Farina represented Ferrari`s increasing tendency towards production road cars, both to showcase the technology tested in racing, and to provide income to support racing. The cars were elegant, understated, and luxurious, and were available as both open and closed cars. Fitted with the venerable 3-litre V-12, the 250 GT is in many ways the quintessential classic Ferrari, and the cabriolets, with retractable top, generous space for both passengers and luggage, were and continue to be excellent touring cars.
The mechanical components of the Series II PF Cabriolet were shared with the PF Coupe of which 350 were built. These were the first Ferrari production cars to use the new V12 developed in the racing division, the 128F engine. The major innovation was a revised cylinder head design with outside spark plugs allowing 12 port heads and producing 240 hp in street form. In contrast to the Series I Cabriolets, the Series II had discs in place of drum brakes, and a new four-speed gearbox with overdrive.
Completed in October of 1960 and destined for the European market, this particular car was fitted early in its life with covered headlights similar to seven 250 Series II PF Cabriolets which were supplied with a covered headlamp treatment from the factory. This car has also been fitted with louvered side vents furthering the visually similarities between this PF Cabriolet and the multi-million dollar California Spyders of the era.
By the mid-1960s this example found its way to California where it has remained for much of its life, competing in the California Mille on several occasions with subsequent owners. The car appears to have been restored in the mid-1990s and has logged approximately 8,000 miles since. According to historical documentation, the restoration work included an engine rebuild, although specific notes on this work do not accompany the car.
Today the car is best described as a solid example, with older restoration cosmetics and very fit mechanicals. A combination makes this car an ideal candidate for tour and road rally events.
The body is solid and straight with very good hood, door, and trunk gaps. The paint work displays moderate age and wear, but makes a strong impression from ten feet. The chrome is generally good, with just light hazing since restoration. The car sits on nice Borrani wire wheels with modern Michelin tires.
The interior is in good `driver` condition. The bulk of the upholstery looks to have been redone at the time of the restoration. There is some definite wear to the carpets, and some age evident to the door panels and console. The gauges, which are all correct factory items, are slightly yellowed, but are still very readable. The car is fitted with a black canvas top with is evidently just a few years old, but is not exceedingly easy to operate. The trunk has been more recently reupholstered, and has a fresh look to it.
The engine bay and underside, while not overly detailed, demonstrate the `solid bones` nature of this car. Correct yellow fuel lines are fitted, as is the correct brake booster and battery hold down. There is no evidence of major damage or rust repairs when viewed from below.
Mechanically the car is quite fit. The Brakes have recently been serviced as necessary with new hoses and pads. All the gauges and switches appear to operate as designed. The engine starts easily and runs strong with great power and a wonderful exhaust note. As is common for these cars, second gear syncro is not as fresh as third or fourth, but will not require the immediate rebuild of the transmission.
With the car comes the matching spare Borrani wire wheel with good tire, and historical notes about this cars history.
As prices for long and short wheel base California Spyders soar into the multi-millions, Series II 250 Pinninfarina Cabriolets (built concurrently alongside the California Spyder) have become the last financially accessible open 250 series Ferrari. With just 200 examples built between 1959 and 1962, these open two-seaters are of very limited production and are highly sought after, and will prove to be excellent investment pieces accordingly.
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