250 Europa GT Alloy

1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT Alloy by Pinin Farina

Offered by Bonhams | Scottsdale, Arizona | January 15, 2015

Photo - Bonhams

Photo – Bonhams

The Ferrari 250 is one of Ferraris most iconic models. The line was in production, with a number of different models, from 1953 through 1964. The Europa name was first used in 1953 on the 250 Europa. Confusingly, the 250 Europa GT would debut in 1954. It was the first road car to use Ferrari’s Colombo V-12.

That V-12 is of 3.0-liter capacity and makes 240 horsepower in this car. The difference between the Europa and Europa GT was slight, visually. The real change was the engine. The GT also had a slightly shorter wheelbase, less weight, a revised suspension and a higher top speed.

This car is one of only two Europa GTs that were bodied with Pinin Farina’s legendary design in lightweight aluminium alloy. It is a competition spec car, prepared by the Ferrari factory for the Mille Miglia – a race it would never end up entering (until the 1999 classic version, that is).

This is one of only 27 Pinin Farina-bodied Europa GTs and one of only two bodied in aluminium. And as it was originally built with competition in mind, it would make for a great car for historic tours. You can buy it for between $2,800,000-$3,400,000. Click here for more info and here for more from this sale.

Update: Not sold.

Update II: Sold, Bonhams Amelia Island 2017, $2,227,500.

Custom-Bodied 250 Europa GT

1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT Coupe by Pinin Farina

Offered by RM Auctions | New York, New York | November 21, 2013

1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT Coupe by Pinin Farina

The 250 is one of Ferrari’s best-known classic model lines and also one of the longest lasting. The 250 started as a race car in 1952. A road-going version came a year later and the famous 250 GT series of cars started with the 250 Europa GT in 1954.

The Europa GT was the first road car to use the 3.0-liter Colombo V-12 engine. It made 217 horsepower in its introductory form. This model was also (for the most part) the last of the coachbuilt 250 GT cars. After this, nearly every 250 GT shared more of a standardized design, based on which model it was, of course.

This is number six of eight custom-bodied Europa GTs. It is definitely unique with that long sloping nose and a very alien looking grille with the big prancing horse in the center. The interior is orange (why not?) and was tailored by Parisian luxury designer Hermès.

Sold new in Rome, this car soon found its way to Seattle where it raced competitively (only once, although it did win its class). The restoration was completed in 2006 and it has won awards at the Cavallino Classic and Amelia Island Concours. This is the 26th Europa GT built of a total of 43 and it is the only one with this custom Pinin Farina coachwork. It is expected to sell for between $2,250,000-$2,750,000. Click here for more info and here for the rest of RM’s lineup.

Update: Sold $2,420,000.