On Auction: 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet

The 250 GT Series I Cabriolet, chassis 1475 GT, is the very last example built. As such, this is a virtually unique example in terms of its coachwork and mechanical specification. Given its late build, this body displays clear evidence of the transition from the ornate designs of the late 1950s to the clean, modern styling that characterized Pinin Farina coachwork in the early 1960s. As with nearly all late-production Cabriolets, 1475 GT features full-width bumpers, and its flanks are unadorned with vents, emphasizing the long, elegant lines of the front wings. Additionally, this Series I Cabriolet is one of only four examples built with the open headlamp treatment, and one of only two that features the tall vertical tail lights that were later incorporated into Pinin Farina's 250 GT Coupe and Series II Cabriolet.

Amazingly, since it was delivered to its first owner in fall 1959, this Pinin Farina Cabriolet has covered just over 42,000 miles. Today, this Ferrari remains in outstanding condition throughout and is finished in a very attractive color combination of Amaranto Bull Lea, a rich metallic dark red, with Crema Connolly leather upholstery. While all Series I Pinin Farina Cabriolets are among the top tier of collector cars, 1475 GT is surely a star among the best of them. It's estimated to sell for $4,500,000-6,000,000 when it goes up for the Pebble Beach Auction August 16-17. Price:$TBD