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1956 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Prototipo

Pinin Farina was commissioned to make Ferraris first Cabriolet and started with chassis 0655GT for the 1957 Geneva Motor Show. It was a prototype that was well decorated for the 1957 Geneva Auto Show and it also sketched the basic outline for 39 more copies.

0655GT included traits that would later be included on Series I body style such as long hood, covered headlights, kicked up rear fenders, wind-up windows, recessed rear taillights and a simple raked windshield without vent windows.

The rear bodywork of the prototype was much different than the later production versions. It had much more prominent rear tail fins and lights at the end of the peaks. The whole design was smoothed out for the production versions.

Intended for the 1957 Geneva Auto Show, 0655GT was also well decorated for the 1957 Geneva Auto Show. It was one of the first cars to use Dunlop disc brakes. Unique details include a driver’s side cut-down door, a sculpted front grill, full-size rear bumper and a hood scoop with prominent chrome accents. The car has been part of the Robert Lee Trust for some time.

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1956 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Prototipo

In Detail

type Series Production Car
released at 1957 Geneva Motor Show
built at Cambiano, Italy
body stylist Sergio Pininfarina
coachbuilder Pininfarina
production 1
succeccesor 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series I
engine Type 128B 60º V12
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
block material Aluminum Alloy
valvetrain SOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed 3 Weber 36 DCZ3 Carburettors
displacement 2953 cc / 165.7 in³
bore 73 mm / 2.87 in
stroke 58.8 mm / 2.31 in
compression 8.5:1
power 179.0 kw / 240 bhp @ 7000 rpm
specific output 81.27 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 185.19 bhp per tonne
torque 264.4 nm / 195 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm
body / frame Steel Body over Steel Tube Frame
driven wheels RWD
wheel type Borrani Wires
front tires 6.00-16
rear tires 6.00-16
front brakes Drums
rear brakes Drums
steering Worm & Wheel
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Houdaille Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Live Axle w/Twin Trailing Arms, Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs, Houdaille Shock Absorbers
curb weight 1296 kg / 2855 lbs
wheelbase 2600 mm / 102.4 in
front track 1354 mm / 53.3 in
rear track 1349 mm / 53.1 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
final drive 3.66:1
top speed ~239.74 kph / 149 mph
0 – 60 mph ~7.1 seconds