The 250 GT cabriolet, introduced at the Geneva International Auto Salon in 1957, was conceived as Ferrari’s semi-luxury touring car and was, thus, given better interior appointments and more soundproofing than the 250 California Spyder. Its chassis and drivetrain may have been strikingly similar to Ferrari’s racing cars, but the high standard of fit and finish, as well as the car’s complete instrumentation, luxurious leather interior, and other passenger amenities, set it apart. The cabriolet was based upon the 250 GT coupe, which was also presented as a luxury touring machine, with its body produced by Pininfarina.
Unveiled to the public at the 1959 Paris Salon, the new series II cabriolet appeared one year after the handsome 250 GT coupe and replaced the low-production first series cabriolet. In fact, the second series remains notable as the first commercially successful, production-based convertible model ever offered by Ferrari. While the cabriolet appeared to be somewhat longer than the coupe, thanks to a stylish “kick-up” just behind the doors and the elegant rear fenders, the cabriolet and coupe shared nearly identical overall dimensions. Production lasted part way through 1962 and roughly 200 examples were built, far outselling the initial series of 250 GT cabriolets.
The car we are pleased to offer for sale is the 84th Series II Cabriolet built. It was delivered in October, 1960 and was a direct sale from the Ferrari Factory to a Mr. Raymond Doumith in Baghdad, Iraq. It features a 3.0 litre Colombo front engine V12 with three Weber carburettors, 4 speed synchromesh gearbox, disc brakes on all 4 corners, and Borrani wire wheels with knock-off hubs. It is finished in its original and stunning shade of Blu Tornado and features a Beige leather hide interior and Dark Blue convertible top.
The car was purchased by its current owner, a renowned Ferrari collector in 2018 and registered in the U.K. It has been used sparingly since and was awarded Classiche Certification from the Ferrari Factory in 2021, confirming its original delivery date and colours as well as its matching numbers engine and gearbox. It has been documented by Marcel Massini and retains a copy of its original build sheets. A true gentleman’s Ferrari, this example would be a wonderful cabriolet for the driving enthusiast looking to experience Ferrari performance and luxury at its finest. Contact us now for more information or to arrange a viewing.