Ferrari's 250 GT chassis is a legend in the world of extreme high-end collecting. Racing examples draw most of the attention, and the latest is no exception, with the Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Pininfarina chassis number 0419 GT taking top honors for the Best Restoration at the 2009 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

Other top Ferraris have raked in millions at auction, including a Pontoon-fender Testarossa and another 250 GTO which set a record price of £15.7 million at auction.

The 250 GT Coupe Pinin Farina that won at the Villa d'Este, however, was an earlier example, built and originally exhibited at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1956, then delivered to the Ecurie Francorchamps race team later that year. The team ran it in many races, including a hillclimb at the hands of Olivier Gendebien. It spent the 1960s and 1970s in a collection in Holland, moving to Italy in the 1980s.

The jury that chose the Ferrari as the winner from the strong group at the event included political and industry giants such as Patrick le Quement, Lord Charles March and Hiedo Kodama.


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