A handful of the unique Pinin Farina prototypes that inspired the Boano cars have survived, among them the car offered here, chassis 0435GT. They are considered among the most special and influential grand touring Ferraris of their era and seldom ever appear for public sale. Eventhough associated with the 250 GT Boano coupe series, the coachwork of our car was actually entirely handcrafted by Pinin Farina and has several unique design features.
The car was sold new to its original owner, Guido Cantelli, of Novara, Italy, in April 1956. Cantelli was a close friend of Enzo Ferrari and a famous orchestra conductor. Tragically, he died in a plane crash later the same year. Subsequently Ferrari bought the car back from the widow and sold it to Sergio Canara of Parma. Canara and his wife used 0435GT on a cruise for their honeymoon that same year, photos of which are part of the dossier. The 250 was sold later on to Mr Messerli from Switzerland, who owned the car from 1969 until 1980. It was subsequently sold in 1980 to Mr Oberson, also from Switzerland. At this stage the car was repainted red.
In this colour livery the car was displayed by Oberson in April 1990 at the Club Ferrari Suisse’s anniversary meeting in Montreux, Switzerland. A decade later, the car was offered for sale by T. Carugati in Geneva before being sold to Daniel Patrick Brooks in the UK. The following year, 0435GT was sent to garage Cointreau in France for a complete body restoration, at which stage it was re-finished in its striking original tone of silver. The body restoration was completed in March 2008 following which Brooks entered the car at the Tour Auto.
Subsequently, 0435GT was acquired by renowned collector Stanislas de Sadeleer and remained in his collection for 8 years before it was purchased by the current owner in 2015. Since then, the car was reunited with its original rear axle making it entirely matching numbers throughout. The Ferrari Classiche Certification was recently applied for and is now under process. Presented in excellent condition, 0435GT offers to its next owner the opportunity to acquire a very significant motor car in Ferrari’s Grand Touring history, instantly eligible for most major historic rallies and concourses including the Mille Miglia.
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