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The car in question is the factory test car and the second built. When new it was exported to Luigi Chinetti in the US and soon after finished first in class, second overall, at Sebring’s 12-hour race, driven by Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien.
It is also a former Le Mans, Daytona and Nassau competitor and will be one of five very special Ferraris on show at this socially distanced gathering.
One of the first post-lockdown UK classic car events and the first major concours d’elegance since March, the Concours of Elegance comes to Hampton Court Palace on 4-6 September.
Don’t recognise this Ferrari? It is a 250GT Ellena, the 17th built.
Based on the second-series 250, the cars were bodied by Mario Boana who was assisting Pininfarina, but after 80 cars had been finished, Boana’s son-in-law, Ezio Ellena at Carrozzeria Ellena, took over and 50 Ellenas were built.
The first eight of these were identical to the Boana cars – this one has a high-roof body.
This pair of yellow, Ecurie Francorchamps Ferraris will certainly stand out at Hampton Court.
The second-to-last 250LM will join the line-up next month, a car that achieved a second-place finish at Le Mans with Pierre Dumay and Gustave Gosselin.
The other car started life as a 275 P2, and won the Targa Florio and Nürburgring 1000km in ’65 as a Ferrari works car. It was later campaigned by Ecurie Francorchamps and converted to 365 P3 configuration, which is how it remains today.
Last but not least is a one-of-10 1965 275GTB Competizione Clienti, wearing a lightweight aluminium body and powered by a tweaked engine said to give 290-300bhp.
It should be quite a line-up, and these will be joined at the Concours of Elegance on 4-6 September by McLaren F1 GTRs celebrating 25 years since victory at Le Mans, the inaugural Junior Concours and much more, plus Gooding & Company’s first ever auction outside the US.