1962 250 GT Cabriolet Series II

 

Location: Ferrari Beverly Hills Collezione

Chassis: 2587 GT

Engine: 3.0L V-12

Transmission: Four-Speed Manual w/ Overdrive

Design: Pininfarina

Coachwork: Pininfarina

Color: Grigio Fumo 16672M | Pelle Beige VM 3218

Production run: One of 25 Series II originally produced in Grigio Fumo, 8 of which with Pelle Beige interior

Certifications: Ferrari Classiche Red Book

ABOUT THIS CAR

This Ferrari was shipped new directly to California, and has spent most of its life in the Golden State.  During its former ownership, No.2587 received an exterior color change to Rosso Corsa. However, under current ownership, no expense was spared to bring this 250 GT Series II back to its original, not only stunning, but also rare Grigio Fumo exterior. In expert hands, the car was completely disassembled and taken down to bare metal and everything was done to restore it to its original factory appearance. The interior leather upholstery and interior fabrics were also completely renovated in Pelle Beige material, the elegant factory specification it was born with.

Mechanically, No. 2587 has a matching numbers engine which was fully disassembled and rebuilt to ensure perfection. The engine sounds great, pulls strongly and displays excellent oil pressure and no smoke. The front and rear suspension systems of the car were also disassembled and inspected. Where necessary, components were substituted to ensure sublime handling and stability. The electrical components have been checked and parts such as the generator and the dynamo were rebuilt. The transmission was resealed and the underbody of the Ferrari was given a new undercoating.

Not only the car is cosmetically and mechanically flawless, but is also fine-tuned superbly and is ready to give future drivers the same emotions felt when it was delivered new in 1961.  This world-class restoration was completed in August of 2017 and brought No. 2587 to concourse condition.

In addition, No. 2587 is complete with records, spare parts, pictures, a superb reproduction tool roll with tools.

PROVENANCE

This 250 GT Series II left the Pininfarina plant after final assembly in July of 1961 and was sold as a direct sale from the factory to Mr. Daniel Balozian, a Frenchman residing in California.  The car was factory-fitted with the desirable overdrive transmission mechanism and finished in Grigio Fumo with Pelle Beige interior, the same exact combination it has now been restored to.

Mr. Balozian enjoyed the ownership of the car for over 27 years, while servicing it in Santa Monica, CA and kept it rust-free in its original appearance.

After 1987, No. 2587 went on to see a few owners that casually showed the car, as well as restoring it with marque specialists in the US. In 1998 the Series II was purchased by Robert Weis of Pittsburgh, PA. This Ferrari enthusiast would go on to show No. 2587 extensively at Ferrari Club of America events until 2002. They achieved platinum honors at the 2000 Cavallino Ferrari Classic and won a Coppa Bella Macchina and Coppa Strada GT.

From 2004 to 2008, this 250 GT Series II was under the careful ownership of Gary Lilienthal of Boston, MA who passionately displayed the automobile and was awarded “Best in Show” at the 2008 Boston Tutto Italiano

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 Cabriolet Series II is one of just 200 built (many have been lost) 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. Having received Ferrari Classiche certification and with its combination of drivability and beautiful looks, this 250 GT Series II is in many ways the quintessential touring Ferrari. This Ferrari is ready to be enjoyed on the open road, at your favorite Concours, or simply owned as a great investment.

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