Imagine this scenario. You are in an automobile showroom and the dealer offers you the choice of a Ferrari GT California, a Pininfarina Cabriolet, an SWB Berlinetta or a GTE, all for the same price. In addition, for about $1,000 more, you can have a GTO. What do you do? Well, if you are a discerning car buyer in the early 1960's, with $13,000 burning a hole in your pocket, you would probably choose the 250 GT/E Coupe Pininfarina 2+2. In fact, discriminating auto buyers purchased about twice as many GTE's as the other four combined.
So what about today? Even with the record sales prices achieved in recent months, the GTE still sells for a fraction of the cost of the other cars. Yet, you are here; wanting to know more about our favorite car. Why? Probably for the same reason as that buyer in 1963. For a relatively reasonable price, you can get the same vintage Ferrari that Enzo used for his personal car. You get a V-12 engine, complete with that wonderful Ferrari sound. You get the design talents of Colombo, Pininfarina and Enzo himself. And what do you get that those other Ferrari owners didn't get? A roomy interior, a back seat and a trunk that will easily hold enough luggage for a week in Napa Valley. Heck, you can even throw in a couple of cases of wine as well.
The Ferrari 250 GT 2+2 Pininfarina Coupe is a vintage Ferrari that can be maintained without gold plated screwdrivers and driven for weekend getaway's without an entourage of mechanics. The GTE was designed to be driven and meant to be fun. In this, the designers succeeded surprisingly well.
This site is dedicated to all things GTE. In it I hope to research the history of the car, provide resources for other owners and document the restoration of my own GTE. I also invite you to participate by writing your own blog, contributing to our history and sharing your own knowledge and experience. Welcome to the club!
Tom Wilson Tom@ferrari250gte.com
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