Italian Flag Ferrari 250 GT Boano / Ellena ~ 1956-58

After the Ferrari 250 GT Europa, sales started to flow, and Enzo Ferrari asked Pinin Farina, who not only designed cars, but also built them from a rolling chassis, to increase its production for a new up-coming model based on the Europa. With this in mind Pinin Farina was building a new factory, but when it wasn’t ready on time, he subcontracted the coachwork to Mario Boano, a former Ghia employee. So after only 19 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe “Series I” were assembled by Pinin Farina, the Carrozzeria Boano started producing the 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano.ferrari 250 gt boano ellena

The Ferrari 250 GT design came to maturity with rounded front fenders, and exposed vertical headlights with extra driving lamps at each corner of the smaller egg-crate grill. The roofline was low and the rear fender’s shoulder lines were now aligned to the belt line to help facilitate the production. At the back the little rear fender fins were preserved making it the only “wild” part with the front fender side air vents found on some models.

The short wheelbase tubular ladder chassis of 2600 mm (102.4 in) was used with the usual independent double wishbone suspension with coil springs at the front, and a live rear axle at the back. Massive drum brakes all around could be found behind a beautiful set of Borrani wire wheels. Most of the panels were in steel except for the aluminum hood and trunk lid.

The interior remained all 50’s with a metal dashboard matching the body paint color, two main Veglia dials in front of the driver, a Nardi steering wheel and push/pull buttons finished this simple but elegant interior.

The engine was the single-cam V12 Colombo 3 liter (180 cu in), developing 220 hp at first, then later on 240 hp at 7000 rpm. The V12 was then mated to an all synchronized four-speed gearbox as usual for that period. Performance was of the first order with the 0-60 mph reached in 7.2 seconds, while a 140 mph (225 km/h) top speed was achievable.

ferrari 250 gt boano ellenaAfter accepting Fiat’s “head of design” job offer, Mario Boano sold his business to his son-in-law, Ezio Ellena. In 1957 the Ellena family took over production of the 250 GT Boano and with a few alterations it evolved into the Ferrari 250 GT Ellena. The evolution began with a barely noticeable higher roofline, making the interior more livable as with the more oval dashboard binnacle. The drum brakes were upgraded, the side windows lost their vents, and was now a one piece unit. And last but not least, the rear suspension was tweaked for better road manners.

After 143 Ferrari 250 GT Boanos and Ellenas were produced it was obvious that Ferrari was on a roll and just affirmed the Ferrari/Pinin Farina union was growing stronger with each Ferrari model introduced.

JJP.

Ferrari 250 GT Boano / Ellena
Model/Year Ferrari 250 GT Boano/ 1956-57 Ferrari 250 GT Ellena / 1957-58
Designer Pinin Farina  
Engine Type All alloy V12 @ 60˚, SOHC. 2V  
Capacity 2953 cc / 180 cu in  
Fuel Feed 3 Weber 36 DCF carb.  
Power 220 then 240 hp @ 7000 rpm  
Torque 195 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm  
Transmission 4 speed (all synch) - RWD  
Top Speed 140 mph - 225 km/h  
"0-60" mph - 0-100 km/h 7.2 sec  
Chassis Oval Steel Tubular  
Weelbase 2600 mm / 102.4 in  
Front Suspension 2 Wishbones, leaf Springs, Houdaille friction dampers  
Rear Suspension Live axle, Semi-elliptical leaf springs, Houdaille friction dampers  
Brakes Drums Bigger drums
Front Tires 6 x 16 in  
Rear Tires 6 x 16 in  
Steering    
Weight 2425 lb / 1100 kg (depending on coachwork)  
Country of Origin Italy  
Production Num. 75 Boano + 19 PininFarina (94 Boano - 143 Total) 49 Ellena - (143 Total)
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Ferrari 250 GT Boano - Great color
coded metal dashboard & big dials.
Ferrari 250 GT Boano - Small fins and
small tail lights are a pure 50's design joy.
Ferrari 250 GT Boano - Almost a straight
shoulder line for this early Pinin Farina design.
Ferrari 250 GT Boano - Panoramic rear
window gives plenty of visibility.
Ferrari 250 GT Boano - Protuberant grill with driving lights.