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No one wants to get stopped by the police. But when the police car is a Ferrari 250GTE, you might be prepared to make an exception.
Yes, you read that right. Between 1963 and 1968, a 1962 Ferrari 250GTE 2+2 Series II was used by the police in Rome.
And if a V12-powered classic cop car sounds like your cup of tea, the good news is it’s for sale now, with Girardo & Co.
In response to criminals’ cars getting ever faster, Rome’s police needed to upgrade its fleet, the Alfa Romeo 1900s replaced by Giulia 1600 saloons, before a pair of 250GTE 2+2s came along, at the request of respected officer Armando Spatafora.
Indeed, these were the only two examples of the 250GTE Polizia built by Ferrari and this is the sole remaining one, because its sister car was destroyed in service after just a few weeks.
However this car, chassis 3999, remained on duty for six years and doubtless became a popular choice among the police, and a familiar sight on the streets of the Italian capital.
It was also used for emergency high-speed blood deliveries to Naples.
From day one, this was a police car, as stated on its Ferrari build sheets.
Pininfarina fitted its bodywork in August 1962 before it returned to Maranello, the car completed in November of that year.
Finished in black with a tan leatherette interior, it regularly went back to Maranello for servicing, to keep it in tip-top condition – and it must have worked, because the car, along with Spatafora, had an enviable success rate.
The Ferrari retired from service in late 1968.
In 1972 it was sold by auction to Alberto Cappelli, who over the next four decades preserved it carefully, maintaining its good condition and originality.
Cappelli and his sons enjoyed taking it on tours and to shows right across Europe.
And in 1984, at the Coppa delle Dolomiti race, it was reunited with Spatafora, where the retired policeman achieved the second fastest time!
The 250GTE changed hands again in 2015, and now this Ferrari Classiche certified, matching numbers classic, with all its original features, is for sale.
What’s more, it is the only private car in Italy that has special permission to be driven with a siren, blue light and ‘Squadra Volante’ livery.
Chassis 3999 is one very special Ferrari.
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