Cars We Sold

1958 Ferrari 250 GT Ellena Coupe Serial Number 0857 GT


Lead photograph of 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Ellena Coupe Serial Number 0857 GT


Make   Ferrari Model   250 GT Ellena Coupe
Year   1958 Serial #   0857 GT
Engine #   0857 GT VIN   
Engine Type   128 C Chassis Type   508 C
Build Sequence #   39th Number Built   49
Body Type   Coupe Body Builder   Ellena
First Owner   Iowa Current Owner   Current Owner
Build Sheet   No Current Location   California


A great event car with an older restoration. Straight body, excellent older burgundy paint. Excellent tan Connolly leather with leather-bound brown Wilton Wool carpets. Very strong matching–numbers 128C single distributor engine. Restored, from the frame up, by a fanatical owner. The complete body, paint, engine, underhood area, frame, suspension, brakes and chrome work were all originally restored and detailed to Pebble Beach Standards. After sitting for three years, 250 Ellena s/n 0857 GT has had its fuel tank drained and fuel pump rebuilt, the differential disassembled and re–sealed, new pinion bearing installed and the axle seals replaced. The wheel cylinders have been rebuilt and all new brake shoes fitted. The carbs are rebuilt and re–jetted, the accelerator pumps rebuilt and a complete mechanical inspection has just been completed. Eligible for the Colorado Grand, Monterey Historic races, US Ferrari Challenge or the Mille Miglia.


S/n 0857 GT. 250 Ellena, also frequently called High roof Boano coupe. Engine tipo 128 C with correct original Marelli 12–cylinder single distributor, original 508 C gearbox (normal shift pattern, unlike most low–roof Boanos) and rear axle tipo 508 C. 39th of 49 Ellenas built.

Unlike many cars of this era, the history of this Ferrari is traceable back to its original owner.

1958, sold new to owner in Iowa.

1973, 03 May, Arizona title issued. Previous title was #8843376.

1975, May, identified and confirmed as a 250 GT Ellena Coupe.

1975, 19 Feb., purchased by Reed Henry Priebe, Phoenix, AZ. 32,000 miles. Priebe bought this Ellena from the original owner who was from Iowa “several years ago”.

1986, offered by S. J. “John” Reed IV, Atlanta, GA. Red with tan interior. Complete and original. In storage nine years. See the Ferrari Market Letter, issue # 1125.

1987, 03 Feb., sold to Stan Zagorski, New York, New York.

1987, 12 Feb., title transferred to MDR Enterprises, 9815 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA, 90210.

1987, 21 Apr., title transferred to Glen Kalil, Palm City, FL, 33490.

1988, 11 Feb., sold to current owner, Solana Beach, CA, 92075.

1990, listed in the Ferrari Club USA roster as being owned by the current owner, Solana Beach, CA.

1991, restoration started. Chassis disassembly, refinishing and plating of many parts, cleaning and restoration of many sub–assemblies, etc, by a restoration shop in Phoenix. Body and paint done by Stuttgart Southwest, Tempe AZ. Engine machine work new liners, etc, done by Bob Wallace.

1992–1999, further re–assembly and restoration work done by owner–enthusiast, in spare time. Work proceeded at slow pace due to limited time available. Finally, decided to hand it over to Rob Shanahan at Symbolic Motors for the bulk of the work to be performed in a much more timely manner.

1999, engine, gearbox, brakes and suspension, glass and door re–assembly, and a host of additional remaining tasks done by Rob Shanahan, Restoration Shop Manager at Symbolic Motors, and his team of expert technicians.

2000–2003, interior and all upholstery details (including trunk, under hood liner, etc) fastidiously performed to a very high standard by retired Master Upholsterer Kenneth Perry.

2004–2007, 0857 GT Ellena Coupe on display at a private museum collection of a prominent car collector in San Diego.

2007, April – June, fuel tank drained and fuel pump rebuilt, compression and leakdown test done. Differential disassembled and re–sealed, new pinion bearing installed, replace axle seals. Brakes rebuilt, wheel cylinders rebuilt, all new brake shoes fitted. Carbs rebuilt and re–jetted, accelerator pumps rebuilt, new plugs installed, all because of sitting for three years. Work done by Rod Drew’s F.A.I., Costa Mesa, CA.

2007, August, on consignment with Mike Sheehan’s

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