1956 Ferrari 250 GT b.Genève Cabriolet
Felice Mario Boano became known for his flamboyant Chrysler designs that were intricate and well made. It should be no surprise then that he didn’t hold back with his first Ferraris.
Such is the case with this ‘B Genéve’, one of three nearly identical cars with this style. It was built at Carrozerria Boano in Brescia while the regular 250 GT was being made in the same city at Boano/Ellena.
The ‘B Genéve’ featured a number of unique design traits that were quite profound and had little influence on future Ferrari design. The most obvious of these were curved tail fins that began on front fender and extended to the end of the car. Both the front and rear featured bumpers had abrupt right angles which were quite risky. Fortunately, the car was also well proportioned and inline with other Ferarri’s of the period.
The car was named after its debut at the 1956 Geneva Show on March 8th. Script on the dashboard read ‘B Genéve’ alonside the Ferrari script and logo.
The car was purchased new by Rob Lee of Nevada who has maintained the car in original order to this day. He showed it at the 2005 FCA Concours and again at the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours.
Sources & Further Reading
1. Anselmi, Angelo et. al. Making a Difference, Le Edizioni Dell Opificio: 2006.
Story by Richard Owen