Italian Flag Ferrari 250 GT PF Series II Coupe (Notchback) ~ 1958-60

In 1958, Pinin Farina’s new factory in Grugliasco Italy was finally completed, and with this the Boano/Ellena’s subcontract for the first series of 250 GT ended. A new Ferrari 250 GT Coupe replaced the 1956 Ferrari 250 GT design. This new 250 GT Coupe was still penned by Pinin Farina but unlike the Boano/Ellena’s 250 series, it also was built by Pinin Farina in his new factory, thus the name, 250 GT “PF”.

Ferrari 250 GT PF Series II 2 CoupeThe 2600 mm (102.4 in) short chassis had the same tubular ladder layout adopted by every Ferrari so far. It was fitted with the independent double wishbone front suspension with coil springs replacing the antiquated front leave springs setup. At the back a live rear axle was also the norm for that era, while Borrani wire wheels were fitted all around housing large drum brakes.

The new steel body style was simpler than the Boano/Ellena series without the fastback treatment. The 250 PF actually looked more like it had a welded hard-top on without rear quarter side windows, making it more resemble a notchback. Our new 250 GT PF looked more bland than the previous 250 GTs with its flatter front-end and again exposed headlights. The rear fenders were slightly finned out with a pair of vertically slanted taillights. This rear design layout was going to be Pinin Farina’s rear 60’s trademark seen on Peugeot’s 404 coupe and convertible, Fiats 1800… and inspired later on the MGB (not a Pinin design).

The engine was the famous 3 liter V12 Colombo unit (180 cu in), giving now 240 hp at 7000 rpm. Customers were able to choose between two all synchronized transmissions, both were four speeders but one had an overdrive giving it longer legs for high speed cruising. The top speed achieved was 143 mph (230 km/h) and the 0-60 mph acceleration was 7 seconds.Ferrari 250 GT PF Series II 2 Coupe

The color coded dashboard received the usual three branch wooden Nardi steering wheel with behind it two main Veglia dials, and four smaller gauges laid on a dice pattern on the right side of the binnacle. The interior trim and leather appointment was also more abundant than usual with a leather covered dashboard and center console.

The only major change came in 1960 with the adoption of disc brakes all around. These early disc brakes weren’t as efficient as the latest drum brake technology seen earlier on the 250 GT, but Ferrari needed to keep up with this new technology, especially after the 1951 Le Mans Victory by Jaguar in a C type fitted with disc brakes, succeeding over the more powerful Ferraris.

The 250 GT made by Pinin Farina was produced at 351 units, giving Ferrari and Pinin Farina their first alliance in the “mass” production of exotic sports cars.

JJP.

Ferrari 250 GT PF Series II Coupe
Model/Year Ferrari 250 GT PF Series II / 1958-60
Designer Pinin Farina
Engine Type All alloy V12 @ 60˚, SOHC. 2V
Capacity 2953 cc / 180 cu in
Fuel Feed 3 Weber 36 DCZ carb.
Power 240 hp @ 7000 rpm
Torque 195 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm
Transmission 4 speed w/ or w/out OD- RWD
Top Speed 143 mph - 230 km/h
"0-60" mph - 0-100 km/h 7 sec
Chassis Oval Steel Tubular
Weelbase 2600 mm / 102.4 in
Front Suspension 2 Wishbones, Coil Springs, Tube Shocks. Anti-roll Bar
Rear Suspension Live Axle, Semi-elliptic leave springs
Brakes Drums - 1960 Disc all around
Front Tires  
Rear Tires  
Steering  
Weight 2425 lb / 1100 kg (depending on coachwork)
Country of Origin Italy
Production Num. 351
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Ferrari 250 GT PF II Coupe - Very comfortable
and straight driving position with
plenty of all around visibility.
Ferrari 250 GT PF II Coupe - Very
straightforward and readable dashboard
with Veglia dials and Nardi steering wheel.
Ferrari 250 GT PF II Coupe - Beautiful little rear fins
like the ones later seen on the 250 California Spyder.
Ferrari 250 GT PF II Coupe - Sitting on Borrani wire
wheels the PF Coupe's simple and mature lines
are just plain business for the grown-ups.
Ferrari 250 GT PF II Cabriolet - The Cabriolet version
not only received its mandatory soft-top but it
also came with a raised rear fender shoulder line.