Ferrari at Techno Classica 2009
1962 Ferrari 250GT SWB|
6th April, 2009
Ferrari celebrated the 50th anniversary of one its greatest sports
cars, the Ferrari 250 GT short wheelbase, at the world’s largest classic car show, Techno-Classica in Germany,
which boasts more than 2,500 classic cars in 17 exhibition halls at the Essen Showground over recent days.
The Ferrari exhibition, which was organised by the Ferrari Classiche department to display its unique
restoration services and authentication programme, exhibited two versions of the 250 GT Berlinetta passo corto,
in celebration of the 50th anniversary of this model’s unveiling at the 1959 Paris Motor Show, as well as a
Pininfarina-bodied 250 GT and a Superamerica.
Starting in 1959, a total of 166 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinettas were built, of which 92 were road-going, steel
bodied cars and 74 aluminium ‘Competizione’ versions.
The first of the two models on display on the Ferrari stand was a steel bodied car and has been issued with a
Certificate of Authenticity for complying exactly with the original design characteristics of the model.
The second car was a ‘Competizione’ version and an example of the fine restoration work carried out by Ferrari
Classiche. The project involved research before work commenced on restoring the car from the chassis up.
The Pininfarina-bodied 250 GT displayed on the Ferrari stand was shown in Essen two years ago before
undergoing the Ferrari Classiche Authenticity Certification process. It competed in its heyday and is now seen
after restoration of both its front bodywork and chassis. In the course of Ferrari’s research into the car, in
fact, it became clear that the front chassis did not comply with the original designs as it had been repaired
following an accident.
Similarly the car’s nose section was also found to be of a slightly different shape than the original. Using
original photographs, Ferrari Classiche was, however, able to restore the car to its original pristine state and
to redo the paintwork in its original white colour.
The fourth model on display at the stand was a modern Ferrari. However, it still boasts certain unique
characteristics that mean it falls under the competency of Ferrari Classiche. The 2005 Superamerica features the
innovative Revocromico™ roof and was built on the 575M Maranello platform. It is a limited edition model of
which just 559 were ever built. As is the case with other special models, such as the Ferrari Enzo and the 550
Barchetta Pininfarina, Ferrari Classiche can issue a Certificate of Authenticity for the Superamerica.
Furthermore the car is also covered by the new Ferrari Approved Programme developed to guarantee purchasers of
pre-owned Ferrari models complete peace of mind, courtesy of a 190-point pre-sale vehicle check and a 12-month
roadside assistance package.