If you have more than a passing familiarity with Ferrari, then you have no doubt heard of Pininfarina. Ferrari worked with the design firm for much of its history. But before there was Pininfarina, there was Vignale. Up until the mid-1950s, this firm out of Turin, Italy, designed the majority of Ferrari’s cars. Pininfarina broke into that arrangement with the 250 GT Berlinetta Prototipo. Now, a little piece of that Ferrari history s being auctioned off by Auxietre & Schmidt.
The 1956 vintage of the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Prototipo brought about a few changes for Ferrari, the first of which was the brand’s decision to have Pininfarina build 48 out of the 53 Europa and Europa GTs that it would introduce over the next few years. Drawing heavily from the 410 Superamerica, the car boasts hand-crafted bodywork with a shorter wheelbase chassis. The shorter wheelbase made for better handling, which came in handy with the Colombo-designed 3.0-litre V12 engine that was installed in the GT. The increased demand, however, lead to the production duties being handed off to Boanos as Pininfarina had only just opened up its production facility.
The car being offered is one of only a handful of survivors from this production run. Handcrafted by Pinin Farina, this car boasts a few extra design features as compared to other models. The car has changed hands a few times. It has had a few full-body restorations over the years, but after being reunited with its original rear axle in 2015, the car is completely numbers matching. Done in its original silver colour, the car boasts an exquisite interior and an immaculately clean engine. Auxietre & Schmidt haven’t released information regarding its pricing, but you can bet a car of this calibre will fetch a handsome price.