1964 Ferrari 250 GT Drogo Berlinetta
In 1964, Ferrari GTO 3445GT was rebodied into the design you see here. Before this new body was fitted, the racing career of 3445GT was extensive, competing in the greatest endurance races of the era.
After a long and hard life, the GTO’s body was too tired to consider saving and its owner Ulf Norinder sent the chassis to Carrozzeria Sports Cars in Modena for a new lease on life. At that time, Piero Drogo was in charge of the company with partners Otello Benedetti and Mario Allegretti under the official name Sports Cars di Benedetti & C. (1963 to 1969)
This car followed a string of Ferrari competition cars that were remodeled by Drogo throughout the sixties. By 1965, the GTO had outlasted its usefulness in racing so a more lavish body was drawn up which wasn’t too dissimilar from the GTO.
The new body featured a much wider front grill, sleeker fastback profile, Ferrari 250LM front windscreen (which was much lower), larger side vents and a rear hatch. At the same time, the car retained its original headlamps and doors.
Eventually, the car was damaged in 1976 and subsequently restored back to its 1962 configuration. At some point the Drogo body was either saved or fitted on another chassis.
4769GT was sold at RM Auction’s 2006 Monterey Sports car Auction for $275,000 USD with a replica of the original design. It was described as “a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 with a gorgeous Drogo inspired replica body. The work done by Allegretti was top notch and today the car remains in very nice cosmetic condition with very strong mechanicals.”
Ferrari 250 GT Drogo Berlinetta
This body design is one that was made by Carrozzeria Sports Cars under the direction of Piero Drogo. Giotto Bizzarrini has been attributed to the design which was very similar to the current Ferrari 250 GTO.
Chassis 2735GT started out life as one of the potent SEFAC Hot Rods initially raced under the Rob Walker by greats like Stirling Moss and Graham Hill at Le Mans. After a long string of races in 1961 it was then sold to Laystall then Christopher Kerrison who severaly damaged the car at the 1962 Goodwood Tourist Trophy.
Kerrison sent his car to Piero Drogo’s Carrozzeria Sports Cars to be updated and reflect the performance of the 250 GTO. The car was very distinct with a very low front noise, plexiglas front intake bluge and fashback rear profile. Inside a bespoke interior was fitted. The entire car was so low a regular dashboard couldn’t be fitted, and so the gauges were all mounted on the transmission tunnel.
In this configuration it was raced heavily in 1963 and 1964 in dark metalic green until it was eventually sold off. By 1980, the car had lost original GTO-spec engine, but this didn’t Grand Prix Metalcraft from making a replica SWB body in aluminum to suit that car. Eventually the original specification and livery were fabricated.
The scrap body was then installed on 250 GTE 2+2 chassis 3611GT. John Starkey bought the ‘GTO-ized’ chassis and began to complete the project with help from Christopher Kerrison.
Ferrari 250 GT Drogo Berlinetta Specs & Performance
|released at||1963 Easter Monday Goodwood Meeting|
|built at||Modena, Italy|
|body stylist||Giotto Bizzarrini|
|coachbuilder||Carrozzeria Sports Cars|
|valvetrain||SOHC 2 Valves / Cyl|
|displacement||2953 cc / 180.2 in³|
|bore||72.9 mm / 2.87 in|
|stroke||58.8 mm / 2.31 in|
|power||216.3 kw / 290.1 bhp|
|specific output||98.24 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||283.02 bhp per tonne|
|curb weight||1025 kg / 2260 lbs|
|height||1130 mm / 44.5 in|
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In 2012/2013 the current owner commissioned an extensive mechanical restoration, the body having been restored prior to the Ferrari’s acquisition. Works carried out included a complete overhaul of the engine and brakes; restoration of the wheels by the Borrani factory; and complete restoration of the interior by a specialist. More recently, the overdrive was overhauled, a new clutch installed and the paintwork refreshed. The restoration cost over €40,000 including €28,000 for the engine overhaul. Some 30,000 kilometres have been covered since the restoration and the car is described by the owner as in generally very good condition. Auction Source: 2015 Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
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Enjoying the company of the consignor’s sensational Ferrari collection for the last 10 years, this 250 GTE has been certified as a matching-numbers example by Ferrari Classiche. It is finished in Grigio Notte, the same as when it left the factory, and the interior benefits from a recent retrim in supple black leather. Considering the mammoth growth of 250 GT values in recent years, 3827GT offers an affordable investment into the ranks of 250 ownership that should allow for measurable appreciation in coming years. Auction Source: 2013 Villa d’Erba Auction by RM
1963 Ferrari 250 GTE Series III 4093GT – sold for €218,400. The example presented here was the subject of a comprehensive, professional nut and bolt restoration, during which the body was removed from the chassis. Upon being stripped for paint, it was clear that the body was in excellent condition and showed no signs of previous accident damage. Noted specialists, Touring Garage, performed the outstanding work in 2005, and full records of the restoration accompany the car–as does a proper set of tools. Restored Borrani wheels and new tyres were fitted as well. The current owner acquired the 250 GTE in 2007 and placed it within his 30 car collection, driving it only an approximate 500 km ever since. The car is beautifully presented throughout and remains a highly attractive example of a short-lived yet very drivable series within the greater history of four-seat Ferraris. Auction Source: Monaco 2012 by RM Auctions
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1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 3003GT – sold for $121,000 his elegant white on black example was first sold to official dealer Garage Italauto SA in Lausanne, Switzerland. This is the same dealership that was owned by former Swiss race driver Baron Emmanuel “Toulo” De Graffenried. The car was sold new by Italauto SA to its first owner, a resident in La Chaux-de-Fonds. After a known succession of owners, the car was ultimately sold in December 2008 to its current owner with 22,500 miles.
As presented, the car is ideally suited for driving. It has been restored at some point, but closer inspection might reveal minor cosmetic defects. As with earlier 250 GTEs, this car has three separated taillights as well as flush front light bezels. Its interior was redone in correct pattern, and the black leather looks stunning against the 250’s white body. It is, quite simply, an excellent example of a highly attractive yet short-lived series within the greater history of four-seat Ferraris. Auction Source: 2011 Amelia Island Auction by RM Auctions
1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 3723GT – sold for €190,345. This particular 250 GTE has been delivered new by the Franco Britannic in France to its first owner, M. Roussel, Head of the French famous Pharmaceutical Laboratories Roussel. It has been black with beige interior, a rare and so elegant colour combination. The car is bought by another Laboratory owner, M. Favre, keeping the same registration plate number. We find the car in the next years on Cote d’Azur. It has been bought recently by a Parisian who decided to restore the car by the best professionals in Italy. The interior has been fully refurbished, in beige leather original colour, the carpets are new, the paint job is superb and all the chromes have been redone. Auction Source: 2011 Salon Rétromobile Auction by Artcurial
1963 Ferrari 250 GTE 4217GT – sold for $154,000. The 250 GTE pictured here was completed by the factory in January 1963 and was delivered new to its first owner in Vicenza, Italy two months later, finished in grey with a blue interior. Initially serviced and maintained by the factory in Modena, the car was exported to the United States in 1970 and went through several changes of ownership in California before the engine was rebuilt by Modena Motors in 1989. When the car was finally sold in 2004, it had been in the same ownership since 1979.
The current owner acquired the car out of New York before spending in excess of $60,000 at HESCO in Birmingham, AL to ensure the car was reliable and in perfect mechanical condition. In addition to the extensive mechanical work conducted, there was significant work to the electrical and braking systems as well. Since that time the car has been driven sparingly and stored in a climate controlled garage. HESCO has also indicated to the vendor that the car is a matching numbers example. All of the maintenance records will be available for review in the auction office onsite at Amelia Island.
Overall, this is a particularly nice example of the 250 GTE. As Ferrari’s first four-seater, it also benefits from a sporting GT appearance. It is a highly desirable alternative to the Aston Martin DB6, but is fitted with the all-important twelve-cylinder engine from the masters in Maranello. Auction Source: 2010 RM Automobiles of Amelia Island Auction
1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Coupe – sold for $121,000 The GTE presented here finished in Blu Chiaro (sky blue) with a Pella Rossa (Dark Red) interior is a spectacular rust free example with extremely nice paint and a stunning interior. The car rides on original Borranis recently restored by Dayton and new Michelin XWX tires. Over $20,000 was spent in the last two years on a cosmetic restoration, which was intended to match the GTE’s excellent mechanical condition. No corners were cut as evidenced by the well detailed engine compartment and undercarriage. The engine was rebuilt in Spain, and in addition to an impressive collection of documentation and receipts, the Ferrari comes with a registered Heritage Certificate # 003201.
Certainly one of the finer GTEs to come to market, this sky blue example drives like new and as the first 2+2 to wear the Cavallino Rampante, represents an important turning point in Ferrari’s history. Auction Source: 2009 RM Auctions Sports & Classics of Monterey