1961 Ferrari 250 GT

Series II Cabriolet, body by Pininfarina
RM Sotheby's Amelia Island 2021
Saturday, 22 May 2021
Sale Price
$1,200,000 - $1,400,000
Est. Range
22 May 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Older restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 2533; Engine no. 2533. Grigio Conchiglia over blue leather. 2953/240hp, 5-speed, hard and soft tops, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Michelin Defender tires, Autovox radio, power antenna, grille-mounted fog lights, Marchal headlights, tool roll, spare, manuals.

Evaluation: Restored in the 2010s in its original colors. Ferrari Classiche Red Book certified. Very good repaint and interior other than small scrapes on the seat back piping and a tarnished ashtray cover. Scuffed windshield frame chrome. Clean older restored chassis and underbody. The engine compartment is orderly and done to reasonable standards without being made into jewelry. The hood stands high on the right rear corner.

Bottom Line: A buyer at Brooks Gstaad auction in 1998 picked up this Ferrari (then in Resale Red) for $130,336 (SFr 212,500 at the time, about $236,500 at today’s exchange rate.) It’s had much attention since then and is an exceptionally handsome and well-preserved older restoration today that makes a statement in its original colors and brought a healthy but realistic price.

by Rick Carey
29 May 2021
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Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
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Parts car.
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