MONARCHY HERITAGE Ex-HRH Prince Bertil of Sweden & 39TH FRANKFURT IAA AUTO SHOW, CHASSIS NO. 1471GT FERRARI 250GT 2+2 IN 1959. This Ferrari is a coupe that every Ferrari enthusiast should own and appreciate, as it is the initial production model that every future road going berlinetta produced by the company found inspiration. This Ferrari 250gt coachwork by Pininfarina has true, rare pedigree. Desirable Collector, Ex-HRH Prince Bertil of Sweden and IAA Frankfurt Auto Show, 1 of 335 produced, Matching Numbers, Full Massini Report, Recent Repaint to its original Livery.
This 1959 Ferrari 250GT is documented with all custodianship. A pinnacle of Pininfarina and a great opportunity to invest & enjoy. This Previously Royally Owned Ferrari comes with documentation, binder and history file, owner’s manual and tools.
The 250 Ferrari was the first volume produced model. Enzo Ferrari seen it as vitally important to the company’s future stability. It started with the 250 Europa, built from 1953 to 1954, with an amount fewer than 20. The 250 Europa’s introduction heralded a significant change in Ferrari’s preferred coachbuilder; previously Vignale had been the most popular. Needing series production to stabilize Enzo Ferrari’s company finances, he asked Carrozeria PininFarina to design a simple and classic 250GT coupe. Pinin built a plant in Grugliasco to expand the production and produced the new 250 GT coupe PininFarina. This coupe was introduced at the Milan Show in 1958 and 335 near identical examples were built by 1960.
Offered here by Euro Prestige Imports is a 250GT Series 1 Coupe number 1471GT – arguably one of the most exciting examples of the model, both in terms of prominent ownership, show-car status and factory options. 1471GT started life in May of 1959, when its bare chassis was sent to the Torino facility of Carrozzeria Pinin Farina, to be clothed in their elegant Coupe coachwork. The seventh to last of the first series 128D chassis, 1471GT was factory equipped with four wheel disc brakes, and the offset-lever four-speed overdrive transmission. The craftsmen at Pinin Farina spent most of the summer building the coachwork for the new Ferrari, finishing it in an elegant two-tone livery of Grigio Argento on the top, and a Bianco lower half. A beautifully contrasting red was chosen for the interior.
1471GT was completed in October of 1959, and soon thereafter delivered to the official Ferrari importer and agency of Sweden, Tore Bjurstrom. Mr. Bjurstrom had big plans for the new Ferrari, and soon after taking delivery transported 1471GT to Germany for display at the 1959 International German Auto Show – IAA in Frankfurt. After the show, 1471GT returned to Sweden, where HRH Prince Bertil, the Ferrari’s first owner, took delivery in late 1959. The Duke of Holland, Prince Bertil Gustaf Oskar Carl Eugén was 47 years old when he took delivery of his new Pinin Farina Coupe. A popular public figure in Scandinavia and throughout Europe, Bertil had a great passion for motorcars, and would own several Ferraris during his lifetime.
In 1961, 1471GT was sold on to Langdon ‘Bill’ Proctor, an American playboy residing in Switzerland. Mr. Proctor was known to rub shoulders with the Swiss elite, and surely felt right at home when arriving at exotic destinations in the silver and white Ferrari. 1471GT was registered on Swiss canton Vaud license plate VD 106426, and used often as daily transport by Procter. In November 1964, the Ferrari returned to Maranello, where it was serviced and maintained at Ferrari’s factory Assistenza Clienti service center. This Ferrari is a pinnacle of Pininfarini, more details upon request.
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