The king of Morocco had a jewel from the house of Modena. One of the most iconic Ferraris ever was auctioned off for a staggering sum.
There are no cheap Ferraris on the used market. All the supercars created by Enzo’s genius have impressive prices, but only a few models reach mind-blowing prices. Drake has always strived for maximum exclusivity. and in the case of the 250 GT Pininfarina, only 4 copies were produced, one of which ended up in the possession of the king of Morocco.
Though not in perfect condition, the King’s Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina is one of the most iconic cars in history. There has always been a fairly close connection between heads of state and luxury brands. Royal families demand maximum efficiency and elegance. In the private garages of the most important real cores, there are RRs, Aston Martins, Ferraris and many other jewels of the most important car manufacturers in the world.
The convertible is special because there were very few Ferrari convertibles in the 1950s. The commander from Modena did not allow himself to be carried away by open-top cars, and very rare examples were produced to satisfy the needs of very special customers. The Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina was conceptually very close to the 410 Superamerica.However, it had a shorter wheelbase (2600 mm instead of 2800 mm) and an excess of elegance.
The car did not have spectacular side air intakes and had a streamlined and sinuous body. Under the hood beat the legendary V12 designed by Eng. Colombo instead of the one created by Lampredi. Four examples were decorated with odd chassis numbers. sequentially starting from 0463GT. This example was the last of four produced on the 0469GT chassis and finished in light blue.
The history of the real Ferrari
After independence The 250 GT Pininfarina has arrived in the garage of the King of Morocco. It was designed by Pininfarina. This first series of convertibles was produced in 1957 and 1958. Like the 250 GT Coupé, it had a V12 engine, chassis, suspension, brakes, gearbox, transmission and steering. The maximum output power was 220 hp. in the first series and 240 in the second at 7000 rpm.
The car in the Autoevolution2020 video above was driven by Mohammed V. The latter was Sultan of Morocco from 1927 to 1953. After his exile between 1953 and 1955, he returned to be recognized as Sultan in his homeland and King of Morocco from 1957 to 1961.
In 1962, American records show that a Ferrari arrived in the US in the hands of an American named Walter Medlin. There were no other changes to the owner of the car. It was almost forgotten in the garage until the heirs auctioned it on August 18 at the next RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey.
According to expert analysis a very exclusive Ferrari should cost between 1.5 and 2.1 million euros. The proposal could also come from the grandson of Mohammed V, recalling his grandfather’s car tastes.