Sometimes known as the Pinin Farina Speciales, these unique cars combined the sporting heritage of the 250 GT chassis with the luxurious refinement usually reserved for the Superamera line. Only two such examples were made, 0725GT and 0751GT.
A Ferrari 250 GT for Royalty
The story of the 250 Pinin Farina Speciale begin with HRH Price Bernard of the Netherlands. His appreciation of the Ferrari brand began with a 212 series of which he owned two. As the prince maintained a personal relationship with Enzo Ferrari, when it came to ordering a new 250GT, custom appointments and specification were a must.
The Prince’s car was built on a type 508C chassis that supported a special type 128MMC engine which was a revision of the type 128C having a larger bore of 75mm. This larger bore increased the engine capacity to 3117cc with power ranging somewhere between 240 to 260 hp.
During the fifties, Pinin Farina was becoming increasingly confident making custom bodies for the 400 Superamerica and 410 Superamerica. These large displacement Ferraris were produced in strictly limited edition for important clientele. No surprise, when a 250 was ordered for the Dutch Royalty, it received the high level of attention that was usually reserved for the Superamerica.
Finished in mid-1957, 0725GT was distinct in detail but shared much with earlier Pinin Farina designs. As an example, the 250 Cabriolet Series I and a single 410 Superamerica shared the same front end with 0725GT, complete with independent front bumperettes.
Later in 1957, another chassis, #0751, was ordered for Princess Lilane de Rethy of Belgium. This chassis became a sister car to #0725GT made earlier for the Dutch Prince. In many regards, especially in styling, chassis #0725GT and #0751GT received similar treatment from Pinin Farina.
Pebble Beach Reunion
Both chassis 0725GT and 0751GT are seen above at the 2001 Pebble Beach Concours. The darker car is chassis #0725GT which still retains its original Dutch AA13 royal plate. The lighter car is chassis 0751GT which was Princess Lilane’s personal transport.
Specification listed is for chassis 0725GT with the Tipo 128MMC engine.