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1963 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Series III Serial Number 4329

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Specifications

Make   Ferrari Model   250 GTE 2+2
Year   1963 Serial #   4329
Engine #   4329 VIN   
Engine Type   128E Chassis Type   508E
Build Sequence #    Number Built   954
Body Type   2+2 Body Builder   Pininfarina
First Owner   Gennaro Current Owner   Current Owner
Build Sheet   No Current Location   California

Features

1963 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Series III s/n 4329 GTE. Documented from the day it was built on 15 March, 1963. One owner for thirty years, from 22 July 1982 to today. Still in regular use and in amazingly good original condition. The personal Ferrari of Bill Preston who published the 250 GTE Register from 2001 to 2011. Matching engine and chassis. Service records for the last thirty-four years are detailed below. Runs very nicely, good oil pressure, little smoke. Accident free. Excellent gearbox and syncros, overdrive works, all gauges working. Brake booster just rebuilt. Nice Borrani wire wheels, knockoffs and Pirelli P4000 tires. Ready for a Sunday drive or the next Ferrari club rally. Older light silver metallic paint. Has the original belly pans. The Series III “Big valve” cylinder heads were rebuilt with new valves, valve guides, valve seats and seals only 12k kms (7k miles) ago. Interior shows amazingly well. A study in fifty years of well-preserved Patina.

250 GTE s/n 4329 GTE is an excellent example of why we have specialized in the Enzo-era Ferraris for over thirty five years and exemplifies just how durable, bullet-proof and low maintenance the Enzo-era Ferraris were in the days before engine-out cam-belt services or Italian electronics. Comes with the rare original Ministero Dei Transporti logbook dated 21 May, 1963 in the name of Aurelia De Gennaro and the International Motor Insurance Card booklet in the name of Fabio Angeli dated 19 Oct., 1968. This unrestored late “Big valve” Series III GTE is a good driver or preservation award Enzo-era Ferrari and is too nice and too original to need a restoration. Just completed a very detailed pre-sale inspection with a copy on file.

History

S/n 4329. 250 GTE. 1963 production. Pininfarina body no. 68443. 250 GTE 2+2 Series 3. Engine Numero Interno 1006/62E. Destination: Cherier.

1963, 15 Mar., completed.

1963, 21 Mar., Aurelia De Gennaro, Greco (suburb of Milano), Italy, first owner. Owned the car until 17 July 1967. On Italian plates MI 771621.

1967, 17 July, Clara Sbragia, Milano, Italy. On Italian plates MI 771621. Car with her or Angeli Fabio at the same address until at least 19 Oct. 1968.

1968, 01 Aug., Clara Sbragia, bought a tax permit for a private radio in the car at the Post Office for 7,450 lire for one year. The car has a Becker Europa TR radio with BC/SW/FM. Still on Italian plates MI 771621.

1968, 19 Oct., a Carta Verde (“green card”, an international extension of the insurance coverage, permitting travel outside of Italy) good for one year was purchased by Angeli Fabio.

1969, December, purchased by a U. S. serviceman and imported into the U.S.

1977, November, owned by a Doctor in Omaha, NE.

1977, November, owned by Jim Dorman, West Des Moines, IA.

1978, 15 Mar., serviced by European Motor Works, Inc., 1101 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309. Replaced the clutch plate, disc, throw-out bearing and release fork assembly. Repaired lockout switch on overdrive. Re-wired the headlights, parking lights and headlight switch. Repaired the panel lights in the dash. Made a part for the horn button.

1978, 20 Apr., Iowa state inspection. On Iowa plates 77 FKD 543. 88,950 km.

1978, 24 Apr., European Motor Works, Inc. Installed tie rod ends, removed brake master cylinder and attempted to repair. Bled system and adjusted pedal free play. Removed broken tap in right door striker plate and retapped. Reinstalled and aligned. Removed windshield wiper motor, freed up bushings, cleaned and lubricated. Installed windshield washer bottle and cleaned up pump. Installed speaker and checked-out radio. 88,950 km.

1978, 06 June, owned by George S. Spangler, Dallas, TX.

1981, 11 Oct., Classic BMW-Ferrari Inc. Checked brake fluid leak. “Worked on master cylinder numerous times - no repair - no parts”. Changed engine oil and filters. 93,024 km.

1981, 11 Oct., Texas state inspection.

1978 June–1982, July, owned by George S. Spangler, Dallas, TX. Had Pirelli CN 72 Cinturato HS 185VR15 tires. On Texas plates FFB 877.

1982, July, offered for sale by George S. Spangler, Dallas, TX.

1982, July, purchased by Bill Preston.

1982, 15 July, 93,349km. Battery Charge $3.50.

1982, 16 July, thermal switch for the engine cooling fan (FAF Motorcars, Inc.). $44.80.

1982, 04 Aug., battery cable nuts and bolts and corrosion protectors. $6.86.

1982, 06 Aug., 93,355 km. Water manifold repair (brazing) (Bob Norwood Autocraft). $45.00.

1982, 12 Aug., 93,363 km. Upper and lower cooling system hoses. $15.45.

1982, 18 Aug., 93,372 km. Left stop light bulb. $0.79

1982, 31 Aug., interior light bulbs. $1.68.

1982, 03 Sept., interior light bulbs. $3.02.

1982, 11 Sept., safety support cables, nuts and washers for rear axle (Self). $1.96.

1982, 14 Sept., 93,437 km. Water temperature sender (FAF Motorcars, Inc.). $40.57.

1982, 18 Sept., duct hoses and hardware. $14.12.

1982, 24 Sept., Fram PB50 and PH2815 filters, hood bumpers, etc. FAF). $59.82.

1982, 24 Oct., oil and filter change, antifreeze change (self). $29.63.

1982, 02 Dec., 93,710km. Tie rod ends, rebuild right front wheel cylinder, new overdrive solenoid (Bob Norwood Autocraft). $777.80.

1982, 31 Mar., Talbot 300 side view mirror. $34.95.

1983, 03 Apr., duct hoses. $8.69.

1983, 05 Aug., used aluminum spark plug wire tubes. $200.00.

1983, 05 Aug., three Fram air filters. $13.98.

1983, 17 Aug., re-silvered the inside rear view mirror (Molloy Mirror). $15.00.

1983, 01 Sept., new fan belt. $3.98.

1983, 09 Sept., new 4″ x 6′ vent hose. $11.66.

1983, 13 Sept., new 1-3/4″ x 6′ defroster hose. $8.11.

1983, 18 Oct., exchanged ammeter (Bob Norwood Autocraft). $45.00.

1983, 18 Oct., chrome plated prancing stallion and front license plate bracket (Show & Go Plating) $35.00.

1983, 24 Oct., grille edge rubber, 5mm AF/carb studs (FAF Motorcars, Inc.). $15.70.

1983, 29 Oct., chrome plate grille surround and air cleaner (Show & Go Plating). $106.50.

1983, 23 Dec., modification of spark plug wire tubes, six screws chromed. $32.50.

1984, 21 Feb., new Sears Diehard battery (Sears). $58.29.

1984, 13 May, chrome and glass rear license plate frame (Show & Go Plating). $27.95.

1984, 25 June, replacement window channel, new fuel filter (FAF Motorcars). $36.54.

1984, 11 July, four wheel balancing. $26.24.

1984, 23 July, spark plug wire kit (FAF Motorcars, Inc.). $48.29.

1984, 26 July, 94,126km. Repaired overdrive, leakdown and compression tests, new throwout bearing, checked alternator, installed new Champion plugs, replaced rear transmission seal (Bob Norwood Autocraft). $1,305.00.

1984, 08 Aug., fire extinquisher. $21.19.

1984, 09 Aug., new seat belts. $29.66.

1984, 14 Aug., re-upholstered rear seats (The Tin Lizzie Affair). $300.00.

1984, 16 Aug., new boots for clutch and brake pedals, (Pontiac/GMC). $18.70.

1984, 23 Aug., William Preston. Class K (250 GTE/330 GT 2+2), FOC International Ferrari Concours, Monterey, California. Ref.: Cavalino No. 24, p. 30.

1984, 25 Aug. Bill and Joan Preston drove from Dallas, Texas to Monterey, California. One of eleven 250 GTEs that attended the “Year of Ferrari” FCA Meet at Monterey, California. On Texas plates GTE V-12.

1984, 21 Oct., hose clamps. $1.25.

1984, 29 Oct., fog light bulbs, Oshram 1292B (Maranello Concessionaires). $6.25.

1985, 21 Oct., two new Realistic radio speakers (Radio Shack). $12.68.

1985, 14 Dec., exhaust hangers, aluminum spacers, transaxle shift boot (FAF). $60.20.

1986, 15 Mar., twelve Champion spark plugs. $15.16.

1986, 12 May, replacement radio antenna. $12.00.

1986, 17 June, new alternator brush holder (FAF Motorcars). $26.25.

1986, 19 June, rebuilt alternator and voltage regulator (Rheem Auto Electric). $134.64.

1987, 13 June, new 1963 Texas license plates. $20.00.

1987, 18 June, new exhaust hangers (FAF Motorcars). $44.03.

1987, 23 June, Ansa exhaust system (Lyle Tanner Enterprises). $796.38.

1987, 31 July, exhaust system installation (Ken’s Muffler). $50.00.

1987, 30 Sept., new rear brake pads, rear caliper kit (FAF Motorcars). $23.23.

1987, 10 Oct., 101,768 km. State inspection, oil change. $10.20.

1987, 15 Oct., rear brake caliper kit (FAF Motorcars). $43.02.

1987, 09 Nov., one of the Ferraris at Automobili Italiana I, sponsored by the South Central Region of the FCA. Photo. Ref.: Prancing Horse No. 83, Winter 87, p. 33.

1987, 16 Nov., 101,182 km. Rebuilt rear calipers, replaced rear pads (Ken’s Muffler). $105.00.

1988, 05 Jan., rebuilt heads with new valves and guides. 101,986 km. Vector Industries (Charles Betz and Fred Peters), Orange, California.

1988, 09 Jan., 101,986 km. Dismantled heads, machined for seats, installed guides, reamed guides, ground valves and seats, assembled heads, rebuilt carbs, checked distributors, synchronized distributors, painted intakes, installed stud savers, installed heads, set valves and ignition timing, tuned engine (Vector Industries). $4,099.76.

1988, 15 Jan., 101,986 km. Pulled engine and took it apart for rebuild (Bob Smith Coachworks). $450.42.

1988, 03 Mar., appraised by Bob Smith, Bob Smith’s Coachworks Inc., Gainesville, Texas at $32,000.

1988, 09 Mar., 102,049 km. Bob Smith’s Coachworks Inc., Gainesville, Texas. Rebuilt brake booster, rebuilt equalizer valve sticker for booster, booster cadmium plated, equalizer kit, new brake fluid, new Interstate battery, bled wheel cylinders and checked out. $461.10.

1988, 21 Apr., 102,260 km. Bob Smith’s Coachworks Inc., Gainesville, Texas. Replaced and repaired brakes. Seals, pads and kits. $715.21.

1988, 28 Apr., oil filters (FAF Motorcars, Inc.). $48.00.

1988, 30 Sept., 102,739 km. One Pirelli P5 205/70VR15 tire (NTW, Inwood Road). $134.55.

1988, 01 Oct., 102,739 km. oil and filter change. $24.53.

1988, 21 Oct., four new inner tubes (Remington Tire Distributors, Inc.). $64.20.

1988, 23 Oct., three Pirelli P5 205/70VR15 tires (NTW, Inwood Road). $439.61.

1989, 02 June, Lucas battery disconnect switch. $35.00.

1989, 30 Aug., fuel pump gear failure (Bob Smith Coachworks). $2,254.68.

1990, 12 Mar., 103,031 km. Appraisal (Bob Smith Coachworks). $50.00.

1990, 30 Sept., 103,089 km. State inspection (Hillcrest Village Exxon). $8.50.

1991, 25 Sept., 103,146 km. State inspection (Hillcrest Village Exxon). $10.50.

1991, 29 Sept., 103,149 km. Changed the antifreeze (Self). $10.22.

1991, 30 Sept., 103,149 km. One Pirelli P5 205/70VR15 tire (NTW, Inwood Road). $140.71.

1992, 03 Apr., restoration of one Borrani wire wheel (Valley Wire Wheels). $575.00.

1992, 27 May, 103,153 km. Sears Diehard battery 43228 (Sears). $68.19.

1992, 18 Sept., 103,161 km. State inspection (Hillcrest Village Exxon). $10.50.

1993, 27 Jan., 103,161 km. Restoration of four Borrani wire wheels (Valley Wire Wheels). $1,556.61.

1993, 05 Apr., 103,161 km. Restoration of four knock-off hubs, tire mounting and balancing (Bob Smith Coachworks). $728.11.

1993, 07 June, 103,161 km. Four new reproduction jack plug inserts (FAF Motorcars, Inc.). $100.00.

1993, 18 Sept., 103,231 km. Ceramic coated exhaust manifolds, new brake cable, miscellaneous seals (Shade Tree Enginetrics). $467.30.

1993, 26 Oct., 103,342 km. Oil and oil filter changed, flushed cooling system, new thermostat and top radiator hose, cleaned sediment from all carbs, synchronized carbs, drained gas tank and added fresh fuel, resealed side plate of overdrive, replaced master cylinder and compensator valve, unstuck left rear brake caliper, replaced parking brake cable, replaced steering box gasket, changed rear axle fluid. Transmission fluid looked new (Shade Tree Enginetrics). $893.89.

1993, 27 Oct., 103,462 km. State inspection (Hillcrest Village Exxon). $10.50.

1993, 27 Oct., 103,462 km. Sears Diehard battery 43428 (Sears). $21.40.

1994, 09 Aug., 103,805 km. Reupholstered front seats in black Connelly leather. New red Wilton carpet, new power brake vacuum hose, new pedal boots (Bob Smith Coachworks). $5,364.19.

1994, 18 Aug., 103,966 km. Checked overdrive for leak, new front end bushings, aligned front end straightening steering wheel, balanced front wheels and shaved front tires (Shade Tree Enginetrics). $404.35.

1994, 19 Aug., 104,018 km. Changed spark plugs. 12 new NGK B6ES (Self). $19.45.

1994, 24 Aug., one of the 15 GTEs at The Gathering of GTEs, Concourso Italiana, Quail Lodge, Carmel, California. Bill and Joan drove the car from Dallas, Texas to Monterey for the event. Ref.: Dec 94/Jan 95 Cavallino #84, p. 37-38.

1994, 12 Sept., 109,620 km. Two Pirelli P5 205/70VR15 tires (The Tire Rack, South Bend, IN) $252.46.

1994, 22 Sept., 109,620 km. Replaced main jet in center carburetor which had fallen out, changed sparkplugs to NGK B5ES, replaced six tie rod ends, aligned front end, mounted and balanced two front tires (Bob Smith Coachworks). $1,132.85.

1994, 28 Sept., 109,804 km. Changed engine oil (Quaker State HD30), new Fram PB50 and PH2815 filters, new Prestone antifreeze (Self). $38.42.

1994, 06 Oct., 109,887 km. State inspection (Hillcrest Village Exxon). $10.50.

1995, 12 Apr., 109,915 km. Changed engine oil (Quaker State HD30) (Self). $9.80.

1995, 01 Oct., 111,641 km. Changed engine oil (Quaker State HD30), new Fram PB50 and PH2815 filters (Self). $11.40.

1995, 01 Oct., 111,641 km. Changed the antifreeze, Prestone (Self). $9.87.

1996, 18 July, 111,799 km. Changed plug numbers 1,2,3 & 4, replacing NGK B5ES with Bosch W8CC. Checked plug #10, looked good.

1998, 07 July, 111,907 km. Oil change, Quaker State HD30, new Fram PB50 and PH2815 filters (Self) $25.47.

1998, 01 Aug., 111,907 km. ValueLine Power Plus 27F Battery (Budget Batteries). $69.02.

1999, 22 July, 111,995 km. Changed the antifreeze, Prestone (Self). $11.75.

1999, 01 Sept., 112,234 km. Oil change, Valvoline 30, new Fram PB50 and PH2815 filters (Self) $28.71.

2000, 15 Apr., 112,291 km. Oil Change, Valvoline 30 (8Qts; no filters). $11.92.

2000, 30 Aug., 112,310 km. Groit’s Quick Disconnect Battery Terminal. $16.90.

2001, 22 Feb., 112,310 km. Oil change, Valvoline 30, no new filters (Self). $12.69.

2001, 28 Aug., 112,328 km. Oil change, Valvoline 30, no new filters (Self). $11.20.

2002, 19 June, 112,363 km. New Radiator Cap. $36.85.

2003, 17 July, 112,477 km. Exide 840 75-month 27F Battery (Checker Auto). $67.80.

2004, 31 Dec., 112,552 km. End-of-year mileage.

2005, 12 Sept., 112,559 km. Oil change, Valvoline 30, new Fram PB50 and PH2815 filters (Self). $34.58.

2005, 31 Dec., 112,559 km. End-of-year mileage.

2006, 04 Mar., 112,565 km. Electric fuel pump points (G. T. Car Parts Inc.). $15.00.

2006, 26 Sept., 112,607 km. Oil change, Valvoline 30 (Self). $22.75.

2006, 31 Dec., 112,607 km. End-of-year mileage.

2007, April, discovered the name “Catalett” scratched on the upper surface of the belly pan. Could the name of doctor in Omaha or the serviceman who imported the car have been Catalet?

2007, 07 Oct., 112,652 km. Replaced all 12 plugs with NGK B6ES. $27.17.

2007, 07 Oct., 112,652 km. Replaced 6-6mm bolts, flat & lock washers for heat shields. $2.59.

2007, 15 Nov., 112,882 km. 5 Pirelli P4000 Super Touring 205/70ZR15 tires (Tire Rack). $593.37.

2007, 07 Dec., 112,882 km. Mounting and balancing five tires plus 5 new tubes (Big O Tire). $100.00.

2007, 31 Dec., 112,882 km. End-of-year mileage.

2008, 31 Dec., 112,963 km. End-of-year mileage.

2009, 22 May, 112,963 km. Lower radiator hose, Gates 2525 or Goodyear 52011 (Checker). $12.99.

2009, 25 May, 112,963 km. Radiator repair and test (Stelmach). $75.00.

2009, 22 July, 112,963 km. New fan belt, Gates 7395 or Goodyear 15402 (Checker). $15.16.

2009, 29 July, 112,963 km. Testors Gloss Dk Red 1204 Paint for horns (Michael’s) $4.32.

2009, 14 Aug., 112,963 km. Coolant Hose and Clamps (NAPA). $5.61.

2009, 14 Aug., 112,963 km. 3/4″ Heater Hose (Checker). $1.40.

2009, 28 Aug., 112,963 km. Fabric and Bias Tape for the Hood (WalMart). $4.45.

2009, 31 Aug., 112,963 km. Glue for the Hood (True Value). $11.90.

2009, 31 Dec., 112,963 km. End-of-year mileage.

2010, 31 Dec., 112,983 km. End-of-year mileage.

2011, 31 Dec., 112,983 km. End-of-year mileage.

2012, 04 Jan., 112,983 km. New Interstate Batteries Mega-Tron Plus 85 mo Battery (Self). $124.95.

2012, 05 Jan., 113,009 km. Align Hood (Downtown Paint & Body). 50.00.

Total ownership costs for Bill Preston, from 15 July, 1982 to 05 January, 2012 was a total spent of $26,883.54.

2012, 18 Jan., picked up in Prescott, AZ by BATS for delivery to Mike Sheehan’s Ferraris-online LLC.

2012, 20 Jan., 113,023 km. Pre-sale inspection by Rod Drew’s F.A.I., Costa Mesa, CA, 92627. $500.00. Copy on file.

2012, 01 Feb., 113,034 km. Brake booster rebuilt, front and rear brake “soft line” hoses replaced. $1,931.03.

2012, February, on consignment with Mike Sheehan’s Ferraris-Online.com.

Note: The above vehicle information is complete and accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time it is posted to this website. Corrections or additional information is always appreciated.