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Ferrari 250 GT Europa
Ferrari 250 GT Europa

Ferrari 250 GT Europa - Ex-Olivier Gendebien - Ferrari Works Driver

  • Extremely rare and historic example of a 1955 250 GT Europa
  • Ex-Ferrari Works Driver Olivier Gendebien – 2nd owner
  • Podium Finish in the 1956 Rome Liege Rome Rally
  • Matching Numbers
  • Engine rebuilt by marque specialist Terry Hoyle
  • Excellent mechanical condition and superb patina
  • Eligible for FIA HTP and historic events worldwide

Period History

Ex-Garage Francorchamps Belgium
Ex-Olivier Gendebien (2nd owner)
Ex-Verbois Hill Climb 1957 Gendebien
Ex-Liege Rome Liege 1956 3rd place driven by Gendebien/Stasse
Ex-Cote de la Roche 1955 Gendebien 2nd in Class

History

This car is one of 24 Pinin Farina Berlinettas, bodied in this style. With the shorter chassis, prettier body (than the Series I Europas) and with the Columbo engine the Series II cars are considered the first of the Ferrari 250 GT family, which went on to include the TdF; SWB, GTO and finally concluded with the Lusso.

Only two Europas competed in period, this car being one. The second owner was Ferrari Works Driver Olivier Gendebien (who purchased the car from his cousin Phillippe Washer, whose brother Jacques was often his co-driver) and he drove it to third place in the 1956 Liege Rome Liege Rally.

Gendebien also drove the ‘sister’ car to third place in the Tour de France. That car still actively competes in historic competition today, and was on the same grid as our Europa at the Goodwood Revival in 2015.

Olivier Gendebien was one of Ferrari’s most successful team drivers, winning Le Mans four times, and he secured a podium finish for Scuderia Ferrari in the 1957 Millie Miglia as depicted in the 2023 film Ferrari.

As such the car has excellent and well documented historic provenance, but it was to enjoy a second incarnation as a competition car when, in the late 1990s, it was modified by the then owner to compete in events like the Carrera PanAmericana, in which it won its class two years in succession. It also competed in the Mille Miglia; Tour Auto, and Liege Retrospective during this time. As a result of these modifications this is a much better driving car than the standard Europa. It has a fully rebuilt matching numbers engine, improved suspension, and full roll cage, while retaining period features like the distinctive Liege stone guards.

In recent years the car has undergone work to return it to original spec with the fitting of drum brakes; and the acquisition of a genuine Europa 250 GT gearbox and the rebuilding of the engine, and it was invited to participate in the all 50s Ferrari ‘Lavent Cup’ at the Goodwood Revival in 2015 and in 2016 it completed the Mille Milgia and competed in the Chateau Impney Hill Climb.

Modern Historics

2018 Goodwood Revival
2016 Mille Miglia
2016 Chateau Impney
2015 Goodwood Revival
2000 Carrera PanAmericana (1st in class in 2 successive years)
1999 Mille Miglia
1999 Tour Auto
1999 Liege Rome Liege Retrospective

In addition the car is eligible for, and welcome at, all the major international historic events, worldwide including Goodwood; Targa Florio , Mille Miglia and Tour Auto to name but a few.

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