A Gioacchino Colombo V12 Engine and Pininfarina Coachwork; the First Ferrari Made for Four
The Ferrari 250 GT/E’s final year of production was 1963. Only 954 were made in total, with just around 500 remaining. Fewer than that still possess their original, intact coachwork from Pininfarina. This particular GT/E was a series two and has a matching chassis and engine, No. 4001GT. It arrived at Luigi Chinetti Motors of New York in December of 1962.
This 4001GT was the 307th of 350 made. Pampered for the whole of its life, the car racked up a mere 53,000 miles. Its extensive restoration — around $80,000 in mechanical work — was performed by the Ferrari experts at Alfa Italia in Burbank, California. Jack B. Smith, Jr., purchased it with a history report from Ferrari historian Marcel Massini.
Bring Your Friends
While this car has the Colombo V12 a collector would expect in a Ferrari, it was also the first to be made to accommodate four, grown adults comfortably.
And His Little Dog, Too
The story goes that Enzo Ferrari wanted a personal car he could enjoy with his wife and their beloved dog while still accommodating his driver. And so the 250 GT was born. Ferrari found the extra room by moving the engine eight inches forward in the chassis to extend the cabin. The 250 GT was a hit and is still Ferrari’s most popular model line of all time.
Not satisfied to settle for more space alone, Ferrari collaborated with the famous Pininfarina design company for the exquisite coachwork deserving of such an elegant car. This 1963 250 GT/E is truly a grand experience.
1963 Ferrari 250 GTE Specs:
- 180.2 cubic inch, V12 engine
- 240 bhp
- Matching engine and chassis (4001GT)
- Four-speed manual transmission
- Four-wheel disc brakes
- Extended cabin space for passengers