Monterey, Jet Center
12 August 2004
The ex-Skeets Dunn
1960 FERRARI 250 GT 'SERIES II' CABRIOLET WITH HARD TOP
COACHWORK BY PININFARINA
Chassis No. 1869 GT
Engine No. 1869 GT
Pozzi blue with tan leather interior
Engine: V12, single overhead camshaft, 2,953cc, 220bhp at 7,000rpm; Gearbox: four-speed manual with overdrive; Suspension: front, independent with helicoidal springs, rear, semi-elliptic springs; Brakes: four wheel disc. Left hand drive.
The new Pininfarina-styled 250 GT coupe was first seen at the 1958 Paris Salon having been built in the mold of a semi-luxury grand touring car. This coincided with the new Farina factory at Grugliasco. The coupe had a low waistline, increased window area and large rectangular front grill with the first Series II cabriolet delivered in early 1959. This followed a first Series of 40 cabriolets built on the 250 GT platform. The Series II was supremely elegant and provided generous space for both driver and passenger and also a large trunk area. With the roof of the cabriolet up, opening side vent windows provided extra ventilation when necessary. Mechanically the Series II cars utilized disc brakes all round. Other features included telescopic shock absorbers, contributing to make the car more pleasant to drive.
Changing ownership in the late 1980s from the prominent Ferrari collector Skeets Dunn, 1869 GT then traveled to an important collection in Japan. The car returned to the United States when the current owner purchased it in 2002. Earlier this year,1869 GT received a complete engine rebuild, performed by an authorized dealer Ferrari of Orange County, which is supported by a full set of receipts. This superb example of the Series II cabriolet features near flawless solid blue paintwork with full tan leather interior trim. Along with the factory original hardtop, the car has polished aluminum Borrani wire wheels and new Michelin tires. On a recent test drive the car started and ran as if new.
This is an opportunity to acquire one of the most elegant Ferrari grand touring cabriolets, in excellent all-round condition. Having been away from the concours and rally scene for many years, this would be a most welcome entrant worldwide. Open bodied Ferraris are always much sought after and because so few were built, they always cause a stir. This is truly a beautiful car to be enjoyed on the open road, top down, engine singing and the miles flashing past.
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