Cars We Sold

1959 Ferrari 250 PF Coupe Serial Number 1281 GT


Lead photograph of 1959 Ferrari 250 PF Coupe Serial Number 1281 GT


Make   Ferrari Model   250 GT
Year   1959 Serial #   1281 GT
Engine #   1281 GT VIN   
Engine Type   Tipo 128 D Chassis Type   Tipo 508 D
Build Sequence #    Number Built   133 of 350 built
Body Type   Coupe Body Builder   Pinin Farina
First Owner   Kauffmann Current Owner   Current Owner
Build Sheet   No Current Location   Florida


Body no. 133. Grigio Conchiglia MM16249. Interior: Plastic and leather rosso 3171. First series car with drum brakes and offset lever four speed transmission.


S/n 1281 GT. 250 PF Coupe. 1959. Body no. 133. Grigio Conchiglia MM16249 (Shell grey). Interior: Plastic and leather rosso 3171 (red). First series car with drum brakes and offset lever four speed transmission. This was the most popular color combination for PF Coupes (51 were painted that way, 89 had rosso interiors).

1959, new to Carlos Kauffmann, Ferrari importer for Venezuela.

1959, to Mr. Bled, Venezuela.

To David Bolton, Pomona, N.Y.

To Chuck Haines, Bethel Park, PA.

To Richard Freed, Northfield, Ill.

To Foreign Cars Italia (Steve Barney), Greensboro, N.C. At some time the car was fitted with a CD ignition system and was repainted red with a black vinyl interior.

1979, traded to Manfred Lampe on a 330 2+2. The body was rough and the car was not worth restoring. Manfred had a top level fabricator take the body off the car, a mockup was done for a 1958 style TR body, but never completed. The car has been sitting in a shop in Florida ever since.

2001, 08 May, as per call from Manfred, the shop in Florida has the complete frame and suspension and all of the taken off parts. Manfred will send me an e–mail with more info later.

2001, 09 May, as per e–mail from Manfred

Subject: 1281 GT.
Michael, was good talking to you. I’ll check with the fabricator by this weekend and I will let you know about next steps on 1281 GT. At the shop in Florida is the frame, shortened by 20cm to a wheelbase of 2400 Engine and 4 speed box are in the frame, rear axle intact, Front suspension (I think) is apart, the Drum brakes are there—I’ll try to find a picture of it in the near future and send it to you by e–mail.

2001, 25 Aug., advertised by Michael Sheehan in the Ferrari Market Letter, Volume 26, Number 17, half page ad on page 23, top, as follows:

1959 250 GT PF Coupe “Donor Car”. Serial Number 1281 GT. Drum brakes. Inside plug engine. In 1979 the frame was professionally shortened by 20 cm to a wheelbase of 2400 and fitted with a wooden buck that is a duplicate of the Phil Hill 1958 Le Mans winning 250 TR. Complete with all mechanical components, gauges, steering wheel, etc. No Body. Priced to sell at $39,500. For more detailed information on this or other Ferraris please contact us or visit our website.

2001, 31 Aug., e–mail from Manfred Lampe.

Hi Michael. A few remarks when you start selling this “thing”: According to my friend in Florida, the car is still as described, but there are no front spindles (they were sent out in Michigan for some rebushing many moons ago, and no longer a trace of the guy), A arms are there… No steering wheel and instruments. In summary from what I can put together we have: * shortened frame * inside plug engine * transmission * rear axle * 4 drum brakes * body buck of Phil Hill’s 1958 LM TR. In the next few days I’ll start scanning all the other pics of the chassis and how the TR buck was replicated. Finally, the title is US, State of Ill.

2001, 24 Sept., received an acceptable offer and submitted it to the owner. Accepted and the car is sold.

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