Ferrari 250 GT PF Cabriolet Series I ~ 1957-59
From the early 50’s a few lucky customers already had owned Ferrari convertibles. These handmade convertibles created from the 212 Inters, to the Americas and Superamericas chassis were all tailor made and details could vary from one car to the next. It wasn’t until 1957 that Ferrari introduced its proper production series with its chopped off roof, the 250 GT PF Cabriolet Series I from Pinin Farina (PF).
This Ferrari 250 Cabriolet can be distinguished in two very distinct series. The first of that series was built at 36 units only from 1957 to 1959 from a Pininfarina design and coachwork, but was refined by Sergio Scaglietti. Being all hand built and made to order, the first series was created for the lucrative American market.
While they differentiate from one another in details, the first series was the inspiration for the design of the soon to come sublime 250 GT California Spyder. Both designs shared covered headlights, raised rear fender shoulder lines with a rakish single piece windshield encased in a thin and elegant chromed frame. Variations between the PF Cabriolet Series I included just about everything from the interiors, front side fender air vents, overriding bullet bumpers with rubber tips, and extra driving lights; to different fender lines and heights with finned out rear fenders. These design details were intended to appeal mostly to the American buyers.
The chassis was the 2600 mm (102.4 in) wheelbase tubular chassis fitted with the usual independent double wishbone suspension with coil springs at the front. At the back a live rear axle with massive drum brakes all around were fitted behind a set of beautiful Borrani wire wheels.
The engine was the 3 liter (180 cu in) V12 Colombo single-cam unit producing 240 hp at 7000 rpm with the help of three Weber carburetors. The V12 was then linked to an all synchronized four speed gearbox with overdrive, allowing this beautiful Cabriolet to reach 135 mph (220 km/h) and 62 mph from a standstill in 7.1 seconds.
After these now highly prized handmade first series 250 PF Cabriolets were built, Enzo Ferrari needed to standardize the 250 Cabriolet to increase production numbers. Pinin was called in again and this time the choice of chopping up a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT PF Notchback Coupe seemed to make the most sense for a small production run that started in 1959 with the Ferrari 250 GT PF Cabriolet series II.
|Model/Year||Ferrari 250 GT PF Cabriolet Series I / 1957-59|
|Engine Type||All alloy V12 @ 60˚, SOHC. 2V|
|Capacity||2953 cc / 180 cu in|
|Fuel Feed||3 Weber 36 DCZ3 carb.|
|Power||240 hp @ 7000 rpm|
|Torque||195 lb-ft / 264 Nm @ 5000 rpm|
|Transmission||4 speed + OD - RWD|
|Top Speed||137mph - 220 km/h|
|0-62 mph - 0-100 km/h||7,1 sec|
|Chassis||Oval Steel Tubular|
|Weelbase||2600 mm / 102.4 in|
|Front Suspension||2 Wishbones, Coil Springs, Houdaille Shocks. Anti-roll Bar|
|Rear Suspension||Live axle, Semi-elliptic Leave Springs, Houdaille Shocks|
|Front Tires||6 x 16 in|
|Rear Tires||6 x 16 in|
|Steering||Worm & wheel|
|Weight||2866 lb / 1300 kg (depending on coachwork)|
|Country of Origin||Italy|