Like a lot of petrolheads, I always find myself looking up the classifieds at cars for sale. whether it be for cars that are semi-affordable or even the high-end stuff people like me could only dream of owning, I still find myself looking at some wonderful machinery for sale. Now, I’ll freely admit that I don’t tend to look up the super expensive stuff too often and that is only because at this point in time it’s highly unlike that I’d ever be able to afford cars like that so for the time being I find myself looking up semi-affordable stuff a majority of the time. While on the Xbox the other night though while playing with a few friends, I decided to go onto AutoTrader and look up special cars for sale and see what came up and this, of course, led me to one badge in particular – Ferrari. Upon looking at a few for sale I stumbled upon what can only be described as ‘Car Royalty’, I am of course talking about this 1958 Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta!!
Yes, I can’t quite believe it myself, an actual real-life, real deal Ferrari 250 series car is for sale right now on AutoTrader. Even saying those words is something incredible, let alone being able to see pictures of one. This particular example is simply stunning, in black, it simply looks mean and looks as if the owner of said car was always up to no good. If anything could be described as a Mafia car, it’d be this very 250 GT. It reminds me a lot of Chris Evan’s Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB that was on Top Gear a good few years ago.
So what was the Ferrari 250 series cars then? Well, this was possibly Ferrari’s best ever range of cars purely down to their vast range available. They were a series of sports cars & grand tourers built from 1952 to 1964, what made these cars great was the fact that they were designed for both road and race use in the sports car racing series. the engines used in the 250’s was the race-inspired 3.0L Colombo V12 designed by Gioacchino Colombo. It was regarded for its light weight and its impressive output of nearly 300bhp in full race trim. The engine itself was half the weight of the Jaguar XJ straight-6 unit and with that, the V12 propelled the 250 series cars to numerous victories. What made the 250 series cars so good was the ethos of “Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday”, this basically meant that cars like the 250 were pretty much race cars for the road and this gave them fantastic performance and a raw driving feel over their rivals.
Getting back to the car that is for sale, as I mentioned it is black. This is a rare occurrence to see a black Ferrari simply down to the fact that most are red. it also doesn’t have any prancing horses on the front wings neither. There’s also no badges anywhere saying 250 GT anywhere. Apart from the Prancing Horse on the grille, the Ferrari badge on the bonnet and the Ferrari badge on the steering wheel, there is nothing to show that it’s a 250 GT. The car in question has also gone under a full bare metal respray and full interior restoration, on top of that it is Ferrari Classiche certified being one out of 353 built. Being a Ferrari, it is also a matching numbers car making it even more special. Mileage is at a lowly 2,500 miles which is low for a 62-year-old car. All of this can be had for a low price of £500,000 which is nothing for a Ferrari 250 series car, especially considering that a 250 GTO can go up to about 50M at auction and a 250 California SWB is about 10M.
Overall it looks stunning, with its de-badged look, black paint, wire wheels, and its cream interior it is simply gorgeous and as mentioned, I can see this being owned some time in its life by a Mafia-type person, I don’t exactly know why I think that but it definitely has that look about it that is for sure. I am definitely not one to stereotype a car with an owner but it looks like something straight out of the set of ‘Peaky Blinders’ or ‘The Godfather’ films. Pininfarina really did a good job designing the 250 series cars and this shows with this immaculate 250 GT.
Interior wise it is simply immaculate and also gorgeous in its cream colour scheme. As per usual with Italian cars, the ashtray hilariously takes up most of the centre console space because of course, it does. It’s a known thing about both classic Italian cars and Classic Ferrari’s that their ashtrays are overly huge. There are lashings of chrome everywhere and it makes the interior a wonderful place to be in. There is just enough to equipment on board to making driving pleasurable without being distracted by unnecessary gadgets and stuff.
It is currently for sale with ‘Atelier Petworth’ down in Lurgashall, not far south from Guildford and as already mentioned it is up for £500,000. This may seem steep but when compared to the price of other 250’s that sometimes crop up from time to time, this isn’t as expensive as those cars whatsoever. If I had a spare half a million laying around, I’d certainly skip over a new 812 SuperFast or 991 GT2 RS and go for this instead.
I mean, what is there not to love? it has a wonderful 3.0L race-derived V12 engine that just sounds gorgeous, it has a massive boot so could be usable on a long trip if needed, it looks fantastic, to say the least, and with both its history file and its equally stunning interior it represents the best of Italy’s mechanical industries. You drive one of these and you are in the best of the best Italy has to offer, nothing has or ever will come close to a Ferrari 250 series car.
With these cars becoming rarer and rarer every day, it is very rare to see one up for sale so when I came across this I just had to write about it. I fear that this will be the only time I’ll ever get a chance to see one of these for sale on AutoTrader so it is only right that I write about it before it eventually sells.
Hope You Enjoy!
By Alex Jebson