1961 250 GT Cabriolet Series II

 

Location: Ferrari Beverly Hills Collezione

Chassis: 2341 GT

Engine: 3.0L V-12

Transmission: Four-Speed Manual w/ Overdrive

Design: Pininfarina

Coachwork: Pininfarina

Color: Nero | Bordeaux

Production run: 108th of 200

Certificates: Ferrari Classiche Certification Pending

ABOUT THIS CAR

The 108th of 200 Series II Cabriolets was assembled in Maranello and later sent to Pininfarina for the fitment of its luscious body and interior, arriving in Torino on November 30th, 1960. Completed on March 28th of the following year, No. 2341 was finished in Grigio Fumo over a Pelle Beige interior. It was sold through Malago’ & Co, the historic Ferrari distributor in Rome. Interestingly enough, the first owner was American film and television actor Gordon Scott, who was then living in Rome and is perhaps best known for his work as the lead in several Tarzan pictures.

After passing to three more owners in Rome, No. 2341 was exported stateside and imported in the late 1960s. As documented by the Massini report, Tony Scodwell of Las Vegas, registered the Ferrari in Nevada in 1971. Scodwell, a resident musician in Las Vegas, documented his first Ferrari puschase and restoration adventure in an entertaining article published in the 26th issue of Cavallino Magazine (1985).

For the next three decades, the Series II would pass through the hands of several owners in California, Texas and Utah. Ultimately, it would be acquired by the current owner and collector in 2010. Immediately, the car was entrusted to Horsepower Enterprises for an award-winning mechanical and cosmetic restoration.

During the well-documented two-year restoration (with receipts totaling over $200,000), this convertible Ferrari was meticulously repainted in this bold and elegant black and fitted with the striking red leather interior. All chrome work was refurbished, and new rubber trimmed was installed throughout. The entire original drivetrain was rebuilt, together with the brakes and suspension.The quality of this restoration work shined at the 2012 Greenwhich Concours d’Elegance, when No. 2341 was awarded Best Italian GT 1961-1963. In October of the same year, the Americana Manhasset Concours reprised its appearance and correctness by giving it class honors in the Early Ferrari class. Finally, the Ferrari Classiche Certification application has been presented to the Factory and it is currently pending.

THE FERRARI 250 GT SERIES II STORY

Introduced at the 1959 Paris Moto Show, the Series II showcased a number of stylistic and mechanical updates over its predecessor. Visually, these cars featured open headlamps with a slightly more rounded nose and rear fenders with elongated tail-lamp lenses. They were available as both open (with a removable hard top) and closed cars. Space was generous for both passengers and their luggage, making it the perfect car for a Californian week end or a short road trip in the South of France.

The Maranello engineers were most interested in providing improved driving experience and performance. In addition to being fitted with all-wheel disc brakes, Ferrari mounted to the front its latest iteration of the venerable Colombo V-12 engine. The spark plugs were relocated to the outside, and the coil-valve springs were substituted for hairpins. This new architecture allowed for more head studs per cylinder and non-siamesed porting, resulting in a better breathing engine with improved torque and reliability.

FINAL REMARKS

This beautifully restored 250 GT PininFarina Cabriolet Series II is one of just 200 ever built and was factory equipped with the desirable syncromesh transmission with overdrive. The very limited production makes this matching numbers car significantly rarer than most of the more obvious collector Ferraris. With its combination of drivability and stunningly elegant looks, this 250 GT Series II is in many ways the quintessential touring Ferrari.

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