This Very Special Ferrari 250 GT Barn Find Discovered in Queens Seems Too Cheap
eBay was once the wild west of finding vintage collectibles. However, those days are all but gone, given the popularity of the auction site. That said, a barn find vintage Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Coupe just popped up on the site, and it seems weirdly underpriced. Not only is this a rare vintage Ferrari, but it was also owned by legendary Italian sports car designer Carlo Abarth.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Coupe
The Ferrari 250 series is one of the most legendary runs of European sports cars of all time. These cars were iconic. They set the standard for sports car manufacturing in the late 1950s. According to Silodrome, the Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Coupe debuted at the Paris Motor Show in 1958. As its name suggests, it was designed and built by coachbuilding superstar Pinin Farina.
This little Grand Tourer was powered by the incomparable 3.0 liter Colombo V12 engine. The prominent little V12 made a snappy 240 hp at first. It later got some more attention resulting in more power.
The barn find vintage Ferrari we see here is from 1961. This lands it in the series II cars, which saw notable changes from the first series. The most significant upgrade was the introduction of disc brakes. Other changes included some cosmetic redesigns, like the grille and smaller tail lights.
This vintage Ferrari barn find was owned by Carlo Abarth
Barn finds are cool for two reasons: 1) Finding a rare original car is exciting, and collectors love it. 2) Finding a car stuck in its history is often as exciting as the car itself. In this case, the story is as amazing as the car itself, which is saying something, considering this a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT PF Coupe.
Carlo Abarth famously collaborated with Porsche, Fiat, and more to develop many classic cars. He bought the Ferrari new in 1961 and kept it until 1966 when he sold it to an American buyer and shipped it overseas. Sildrome says the current owner and seller bought the car in 1968. This person parked the car in the garage in 1971, where it was recently found after sitting for 52 years. Because of its unknown dormancy, the car retains all of its major original parts, like the engine, transmission, chassis, and body. This is a Ferrari collector’s dream.
Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Coupe
The owner has listed this car for sale in Astoria, Queens, a neighborhood in NYC, for $367,500. While that might feel like a big number, it kind of isn’t. For one, this car is listed on eBay, a strange choice given the rarity and condition of this vintage Ferrari with so much automotive provenance.
Cars of this magnitude often trade for higher sums. If this car were to go to a proper auction house with more credibility, expertise, and connections to quality buyers, that price tag would surely increase. This means there could be a rare opportunity here to snag a deal on a vintage Ferarri barn find.
You can find the link to the listing here on eBay. Take a look and decide for yourself if there is some meat on that bone or just drool and dream.