Volume 39 Number 2
January 17, 2014 | By Todd Withrow |
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Page 2 - 8 November 2014 0488 AM. Delivered on New Year’s Eve 1954 to King Leopold II of Belgium, this strikingly beauti- ful Cabriolet is also quite startling when running. It is a magic moment when expect to hear a mild- mannered touring motor but instantly you are transported to the pits at Monza when the belch- ing 340hp is lit up. Repeat Granders John and Heather Mozart brought their Testa Rossa 59/60 Fantuzzi Spyder, S/N 0770 TR, a factory team car, driven by Phil Hill, Olivier Gendebien, Dan Gurney, Tony Brooks, Wolfgang Von Trips, Richie Ginther, and Pedro Ro- driguez. In it, Hill set the fastest lap at the Nür- burgring in 1960 (the long course). 1960 it nished second overall in the 1960 Buenos Aires, 1000 km with Von Trips and Ginther at the wheel. Longtime Granders Michael and Katharina Leventhal brought their 1956 250 GT LWB Alloy Berlinetta, S/N 0555 GT. Notable races include seventh overall in the 1957 Mille Miglia and fth overall in the 1957 Trieste Opicinia Hillclimb. It would enjoy considerable success at Italian hill climbs and races from 1958 to 1961, including the 1959 Targa Florio, where it garnered a ninth over- all and rst in the GT class. Another rare sight was Lee Harrington’s 1958 250 GT Speciale, S/N 0853 GT. Finished in Swed- ish Blue by Pinin Farina for Prince Bertil of Swe- den, is one of ve Ferrari-built stunning bespoke 250 PF Coupe Speciales; this nal one is consid - ered to be the PF Coupe prototype. There are numerous unique features including the ¾ glass window treatment and rear taillight treatment. Lee, a perennial concours participant, chose the Colorado Grand for his touring debut. Additional 250 GT’s included Hugh Ruthven’s 250 GT Drogo, S/N 0977 GT that completed its 25th Colorado Grand and Robert Kauffman’s 250 GT Boano Coupe, S/N 0609 GT, the 14th of 18 low- roof alloy-bodied coupes. There were two 250 GT Series II PF Cabriolets brought by Parker Hall with S/N 2703 GT and S/N 2099 GT brought by Chris Marsico. Finally, we had ve 250 GT SWBs, including three early alloy cars; Joshua Feiber’s 1960 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Alloy, S/N 1813 GT, a repeat Tar- ga Florio entrant from 1960-1962, and a third in class at the 1960 Trieste-Opicina Hillclimb; Chris Andrews’ 1960 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Alloy, S/N 2033 GT, the 30th of 167 such cars constructed, raced in Italy by its rst owner in 1960 and 1961 before being sold in 1962 to race-car driver Loren- zo Bandini; and Jerry Lynch’s 1960 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Alloy, S/N 2095 GT. Jerry’s SWB had an extensive racing career beginning a week after de- livery primarily in enduros, nishing third overall at the 1961 Mille Miglia and second overall at the 1961 Coppa Sant’Ambroeus. Long events such as the Coppa Intereuropa, Targa Florio, Nürbur- gring and Spa were its specialty. Jerry bought the 250 Testa Rossa TR 59 S/N 0770 250 GT Pininfarina Cabriolet Series II, S/N 2703 GT 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, S/N 3695 GT 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, S/N 2095 GT
Page 2 - 25 October 2014 was Edward Walson’s 2010 P540 Superfast Aperta S/N 169010 – the original Fantuzzi Golden Spyder is a 330 LMB S/N 4381 SA. These cars were followed by a 212 Inter S/N 0253 EU and 250 Europa S/N 0313 EU, a Europa GT S/N 0419 GT, a Zagato-bodied 250 TdF S/N 0515 GT, the last of 12 375 America’s ever built S/N 0355 AL, a 340 America S/N 0148 A, a 342 America S/N 0248 AL, and a Series I PF Cabriolet S/N 0913 GT. That was just the beginning. As I walked further down the street, my eyes feast- ed on the Daytona Berlinetta Speciale S/N 12925, an F50 GT S/N 001, and the Vignale-bodied 340/375 MM Spyder S/N 0286 AM that Phil Hill drove to second place in the 1954 Carrera Panamericana after Alberto Ascari used it to win the 1,000 KM at the Nürburgring a year earlier. Then came the 250 LM S/N 5893, one of only three Competizione Speciale 275 GTBs S/N 6885, and Jon Shirley’s yellow NART Spyder S/N 9751. The other side of the street was host to newer road and race cars spanning the last four decades. They in- cluded the Penske/Sunoco 512 M S/N 1040, a Gelles brothers-raced 512 BB/LM S/N 29511, and my person- al favorite, S/N 0892, a 312 P that sat next to a 333 SP S/N 019, but the 312 sounds so much better. Ferrari’s presence in cinema and television was also represented with the white Testarossa used in “Miami Vice” S/N 63259, one of the 308s used in “Mag- num, P.I.” S/N 38527, and the Mondial t Valeo Cabrio- let S/N 92837 driven by a “blind” Al Pacino in “Scent of a Woman.” It was an incredible sight to behold. Ferraris not just through the decades – but practically from year to year, lined up and down Rodeo Drive, parked on roof- top parking lots, and driving down neighboring streets. The people who attended the event only made it better. Like Ted Rutland, who traveled all the way from Georgia; John and Alicia Barnes of the Cavallino Classic and Cavallino magazine; and Phil and Martha Bachman journeyed all the way from Tennessee to dis- play their FXX. After all, without any of the people, Ferrari wouldn’t have any anniversary in America, let alone a 60th.…or a 65th. But I guess it depends on who you ask. In all the excitement of such an incredible event, I took at face value Ferrari’s claim that 2014 marks 60 years since Ferrari rst forayed into America. A claim that is unfortunately …untrue. The problem lies mired in undoc- umented history and widespread misinformation. If you Google “Ferrari 60th” you’ll nd any number of sites that provided details on this event – all with their own spin on why this year is Ferrari’s 60th anni- versary in the U.S. Autoweek.com suggests that in April 1954, Luigi Chinetti became the ofcial importer of Fer - raris into the United States. But Chinetti was importing Ferraris way before 1954. In fact, before Luigi Chinetti Motors opened in Greenwich, Conn., Chinetti had two garages in New York City. His rst garage was on 49th Street, opened in 1949, and was only open for a short time. Chinetti’s second garage, also opened in 1949, was in lower Man- hattan, under the West Side Highway, on 19th Street. Luigi Chinetti imported many Ferraris to the U.S. Some were his, many were for other clients, and a consid- erable amount of those cars hit U.S. shores before 1954. As per Hillary Raab’s “Ferrari Serial Numbers Part I, Second Edition,” a 1952 Pininfarina-bodied RHD 212 Inter 2 2 Coupe, S/N 0229 EL, was imported new to Chinetti. Built in October 1952, S/N 0257 EU, a Vignale-bod - ied 212 Inter 2 2 Coupe, was shipped to the U.S. and delivered, by Chinetti Motors, to its rst owner, Robert C. Wilke. Now there is some confusion with this car as it wasn’t delivered to Wilke until after it was displayed at the San Remo Concours d’Elegance …in 1954. What was this car doing for two years?