Even through the 250 Europa was designed predominately as a road car, several lightweight competition Berlinettas were fabricated by Pinin Farina. These cars were leading up to the 250 GT Berlinetta of 1956 and were made with slightly different specification.
Late into Europa GT production, Ferrari fitted several cars with the with the new Tipo 508 chassis, but they retained the leaf spring front suspension. Using an updated version of the 250 MM engine called the Tipo 112, the 250 Europa GT Berlinetta became a direct predecessor of the 250 GT ‘Tour de France.’ Bodywork was done similar in style to the 250 MM with a fastback profile and curved rear window.
Only a few Berlinettas were constructed on chassis 0369GT, 0385GT and 0415GT. 0393GT was made as a Berlinetta Speciale show car and displayed at the 1955 Paris Motor Show. Despite having hallmarks of a successful Ferrari race car, none of these cars achieved any major outright victories. 0383GT led a particularly active role in the Tour de France and Sebring 12 Hours.
The fact that these cars were made underlined the competition pedigree of Tipo 508 Europa GT and Tipo 112 60º V12 engine. This specification wasn’t far off the Ferrari 250 GT ‘Tour de France’ (TDF) which was first released in 1956. In fact, some consider these Berlinettas as the TDF prototypes.
Ferrari 250 Europa GT Berlinetta Specs & Performance
Tipo 112 60º V12
SOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
2953 cc / 180.20 in³
73 mm / 2.9 in
58.8 mm / 2.3 in
body / frame
Aluminum over Tipo 508 Steel Tube Chassis
Borrani RW3077 Wires
F 40.6 x 12.7 cm / 16 x 5 in
R 40.6 x 12.7 cm / 16 x 5 in
Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs
Rigid Axle w/Longitudinal Half-Elliptic Springs, Lower Rods
Ferrari 250 Europa GT Berlinetta Auction Sales History
1955 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione 0415GT – sold for $7,150,000. One of the First 250 GT Competition Cars. Exceptionally Attractive Pinin Farina Coachwork. Delivered New to Legendary Racing Driver Alfonso de Portago. Raced at the 1955 Nassau Speed Week. Known, Continuous Chain of Ownership. Participated in the Mille Miglia Storica 15 Times Between 1984 and 2013. Completely Restored and Certified by the Ferrari Classiche Department. Presented in Original, As-Delivered Color Scheme. Accompanied by Matching-Numbers Engine Block. Documented by Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini. Auction Source: Gooding & Company’s 10th Anniversary 2013 Pebble Beach Auction