1961 FERRARI 250 GT CABRIOLET SERIES II BY PININFARINA
- The 127th of 200 Series II Cabriolets produced
- Presented in factory-correct Grigio Conchiglia over Pelle Blu with matching cloth top; accompanied by hardtop
- Benefits from a complete restoration circa 2013
- Certified by Ferrari Classiche April 2013; retains numbers-matching engine, gearbox and rear differential
THE GT SERIES II CABRIOLETS
As the 250 GT model line continued to develop at the twilight of 1959, Ferrari introduced a second generation of its Pininfarina-bodied luxury cabriolets, essentially a grand touring version of the concurrent competition-derived 250 California Spider. Featuring four-wheel disc brakes and the outside-plug engine developed during the Testa Rossa campaigns, the new cabriolet was the most tractably powerful 250 GT to date, claiming both fine road manners and strong performance.
Only 200 examples of the second-series cabriolets were built, lending the model equal parts rarity and elegance. These mid-production 250 GTs offer the best of both ends of the spectrum, as their striking open coachwork envelops more modern chassis components in a combination that today's collectors can particularly enjoy on vintage touring events. Officially, the 250 GT Cabriolets were designated by the GTF prefix affixed to their chassis plate.
250 GTF CHASSIS 2533
2533 earned certification from Ferrari Classiche in April 2013, thereby confirming the presence of all major factory-provided components. Shortly thereafter, the car was sold to a California-based collector, exported from Italy, and treated to a complete restoration from which 2533 still benefits today. During this extensive restoration, the car was returned to its factory-correct color combination of Grigio Conchiglia over a stunning Pelle Blu leather with matching cloth top. For ultimate all-weather touring capability, look no further than the matching Series II hard top which accompanies 2533.
Perched upon a fresh set of Michelin Defender tires and Borrani wire wheels cast in July 1961, 2533 is quite the sight. A single Talbot-style mirror frames the driver's side door, while a period-correct Autovox radio works in tandem with a trunk-mounted Hirschmann automatic antenna to ensure optimal cabin audio-when not listening to the open-air soundtrack of the sonorous V-12 engine. The only noted safety update is the addition of an additional brake light affixed to the rear bumper.
This attractive and meticulously restored 250 GT Cabriolet is now accompanied by its Classiche Red Book, previous Italian registrations, tool roll, spare wheel, and manuals.
A true gentleman's Ferrari, 2533 would be a prime candidate to be exhibited at international concours, FCA events, or would simply be a wonderful cabriolet for the driving enthusiast looking to experience Ferrari performance and luxury at its finest.
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