Barn Find: 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT

Photos: Gooding & Company

Ferrari has been making GT cars seemingly forever, but there was a first Ferrari GT — and this is it. Ferrari’s first real grand tourer and the first of the prancing horse’s cars to sport a “GT” moniker, the 250 Europa GT was manufactured in extremely limited numbers in 1954 and 1955. Just 43 of the cars were ever made, and one of them is now heading to auction.

This 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT is completely unmodified and unrestored, appearing almost exactly as it did when it rolled out of the factory over 65 years ago. The 250 Europa GT was essentially a roadgoing version of Ferrari’s 250 MM race car, with bodywork by Pinin Farina and a 3.0L Colombo V12. This example was initially built for an early Ferrari VIP customer, Dr. Enrico Wax, who was the official Italian distributor of Moët & Chandon. A few years later, the car was sold to a collector in the U.S., where it lived as a stagnant part of a private collection since the mid-’60s. Now, this time capsule Ferrari — which hasn’t been seen in public in six decades — is being auctioned off for the first time by Gooding & Company. The auction kicks off this May, and we’re guessing this find will fetch a pretty penny.

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