Ferrari – 250 GT Zagato (1956)
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- David Sydorick (US)
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Ferrari created a model series with the 250 Series models which gained a reputation that extended over generations. The first Ferrari 250 was created in 1952, already equipped with a three litre V12 engine. This endowed the series with its name by virtue of the volume of its cylinders amounting to 250 cubic centimetres. Alongside the 250 GT bodied in the customary Scaglietti cloak, others including Zagato also built a number of bodies for this extremely athletic platform, which had won the hugely challenging Tour de France in 1956 – the year when this example was manufactured. They are inimitable.
The typical characteristics are manifested in the flattened, lightweight roof styled in the renowned Double Bubble form, and the fragile C-pillar with exuberantly shaped rear windscreen. These are the result of the idiosyncratic signature of Zagato manufacture. In the first two years of its existence, this vehicle competed in numerous races including the Mille Miglia, the Giro di Calabria and a number of hillclimb sprints. After stays in the United States, Switzerland and Mexico, the car found its way to
Southern California in 1999 and is now in the hands of the current owner.