1959 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series 2


Talacrest is offering this Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series 2 for sale. The 41st of only 201 examples produced between 1959 and 1962. Retains its matching-numbers engine, gearbox, and rear axle. Believed to have been converted to “covered headlights” by Tom Meade. Maintained as part of the Petitjean Collection for 26 years. 

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1959 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet by Pinin Farina

Unveiled to the public at the 1959 Paris Salon, the Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet represented the last evolution of Ferrari’s 250 Spyders and Cabriolets.

Around this time – the 250 TDF and 250 SWB competition models were the fastest and most prestigious road/racecars you could buy and the 250 California and Series I cabriolets were the most desirable dropheads. The Ferrari 250 PF Coupe was the flagship luxury GT and the newly launched Series 11 Cabriolets were to represent a big jump in performance and luxury over their predecessors.

The new Series 11 Cabriolets were fitted with the latest more-powerful Colombo V12 engine with outside plugs, coil valve springs and 12-port cylinder heads, coupled to a four speed with overdrive gearbox, giving a top speed of approaching 150 mph. The fitment of the newly introduced four-wheel Girling disc brakes and the latest Koni shock absorbers also provided the car with handling to match the performance of the engine.

An early car, #1941 left the factory finished in Grigio Conchiglia over a Rosso leather and vinyl interior. Delivered new in June 1960 to John von Neumann’s official dealership, Ferrari Representatives of California, it was sold to its first owner, Mr. Jean Pierre Alvin Overgood of California.

At some stage during the 1960s or early-1970s, #1941GT received a “covered headlight” conversion by Tom Meade, the legendary Ferrari modifier. In 1976, this cabriolet is recorded as being owned by a Mr. Noel Thompson of Morristown, New Jersey, and was next offered for sale in February 1987, by Thomas Barrett of Scottsdale, Arizona. It is understood that #1941GT was sold to Europe and believed to have had its front suspension and engine repaired by Jarls Bilverkstad of Sweden in early 1994.

#1941GT was acquired by Monsieur Petitjean at an auction in Monaco in May 1995, and has been driven by him over the years while on the French Riviera. In 2005 Monsieur Petitjean chose to have the engine fully rebuilt by marque specialists. In 2015 and 2016 1941GT was exhibited at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, for the French Riviera Classic Motor Show. In the autumn of 2017, the Ferrari was shown at the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat held on the Côte d’Azur, where it achieved first prize in the “Moderne” category. Enjoyed by Monsieur Petitjean over many summers on the French Riviera.

A centrepiece of Monsieur Petitjean’s collection for 26 years, 1941GT presents a rare opportunity to acquire an early-production and matching-numbers example of Ferrari’s celebrated 250 GT Series II Cabriolet.

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Talacrest’s Chairman John Collins has had a life-long passion for Ferrari and used to run a Ferrari 246 Dino as his everyday road car as a photo journalist 38 years ago. Today his enthusiasm for Ferrari remains undiminished after selling approximately 1700 + classic Ferrari – and the thrill of conducting the next deal and helping collectors obtain their dream classic Ferrari is the driving force behind the company. The business was established in 1987 and has sold just about every classic Ferrari made – it would be easier to draw up a list of Ferrari NOT sold by Talacrest than those that they have sold. "You should bear in mind that with the volume of Ferrari that we have sold – sometimes we have sold an individual car many times over. A classic example being a Ferrari 275 GTB/2 6 carburettor alloy car that we have sold no less than 6 times!" Customers come back to Talacrest time and again – because buying or selling from the best is a straightforward process – and equally whatever cycle the market is in – the very best cars that we sell are always a good long term investment prospect, as well as an exciting ownership proposition.