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Lot 133

1960 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II by Pinin Farina

  • Chassis no. 2125 GT
  • Engine no. 2125 GT
  • Gearbox no. 244F
  • Axle no. 293F

Sold for €1.568.000


240 bhp, 2,953 cc SOHC 60-degree V-12 with three Weber 36 DCS carburettors, four-speed synchromesh manual transmission with overdrive, independent front suspension with unequal length upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, an anti-roll bar, and Koni hydraulic shocks, solid rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, trailing arms, and Koni hydraulic shocks, and four-wheel Dunlop hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,600 mm

  • Purchased new by Pierre Schlumberger, of Schlumberger Limited
  • The 89th of 201 Series II Cabriolets built
  • Fully matching numbers; includes its original tool kit
  • Submitted for Ferrari Classiche certification


When the Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet was introduced in 1959, it fit into the Ferrari model range as an elegant and subtle cabriolet for the motorist who was looking for a refined top-down driving experience rather than the fastest possible lap times. It was designed by Pinin Farina, and its lines were instantly classic, sophisticated, and stylish, tantalising onlookers with a hint at the performance of the wonderful Colombo V-12 that was hiding under the bonnet.

For the sophisticate looking to travel in style, there was no better car to have. With a decent amount of space in the boot, the Series II Cabriolet could easily hold a couple’s luggage for a weekend, and it was also practical enough to be used on a daily basis, if its owner so desired. This was a car that offered its well-heeled owners equal parts luxury, style, and performance—a true gentleman’s Ferrari.

This Ferrari, chassis number 2125 GT, was built by the factory in October 1960 and originally finished in Blu Sera (16439 MM) over a Nero vinyl and leather interior (VM 8500). It was sold new to French billionaire Pierre Schlumberger, of Schlumberger Limited, one of the world’s largest oil-field-services companies. For such a high-society individual, there was perhaps no better motor car to own.

After purchasing the Ferrari, Schlumberger married Maria da Conceição Schroder Diniz, who also went by the name São. Together, they were known for their incredibly extravagant lifestyle amongst high society in both North America and Europe. They were also known for their collection of fine art, which included a variety of works, ranging from impressionists such as Monet and Degas to contemporary artists Andy Warhol, Ad Reinhardt, and Mark Rothko. São even commissioned Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol to paint portraits of her. Obviously the couple considered their Series II Cabriolet to be a functional and reliable work of automotive art, as it often accompanied them on their travels around the world.

Shortly after getting married, the Schlumbergers moved to Houston, Texas, where Schlumberger Limited was based, and their Ferrari Cabriolet travelled there with them. When Pierre was ousted as President and CEO in 1965, they moved to New York and took the car with them once more. Following another move back to Paris, the Schlumbergers purchased a lavish 100-acre estate called Quinta do Vinagre, near Estoril in São’s native Portugal. The estate was used for extravagant parties, including the La Dolce Vita ball in 1968, which hosted 1,500 guests, including Audrey Hepburn and Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida. Chassis number 2125 GT would continue to call Quinta do Vinagre its home, and it was registered there on Portuguese license plates DC-57-07.

It is not clear how long this 250 GT Cabriolet stayed in Schlumberger’s ownership, but the car did remain in Portugal after his passing in 1985, through to the turn of the 21st century, and it remained registered on the same license plates. By 2002, it had gained a tan interior, yet it still retained its correct blue paintwork. By this time, it was owned by Carlos Monjardino, a successful Portuguese entrepreneur and politician.

The car left Carlos Monjardino’s ownership in 2008 and was sold to a new owner in France, where it resides to this day. The car, still finished in blue over beige leather upholstery, is highly mechanically original, and it retains many of its original components, including the engine, gearbox, and axle. It has clearly never been taken apart for a full restoration and has been maintained as needed throughout its life. Following nearly €45,000 of mechanical work, which included new brakes and shock absorbers, it is reported that the car remains in excellent mechanical condition, and it continues to drive as one would expect.

It is easy to see why a couple such as Pierre and São Schlumberger owned and enjoyed their Series II Cabriolet for so long. As it travelled with them from Europe to the United States and back again, the car’s style and sense of fashion remained timeless, just like that of its owners. Following their ownership, the car has been lovingly preserved and maintained, and it remains in remarkable condition. To this day, the 250 GT Cabriolet is highly prized by Ferrari enthusiasts for its overall driving experience, especially with its four-wheel disc brakes and overdrive gearbox, which its sister, the LWB California Spider, does not offer.

This beautiful Ferrari will surely make a stunning driver for the individual looking for a stylish means of transportation, just as it did for the Schlumbergers.



240 cv, motore V-12 a 60° da 2.953 cc con tre carburatori Weber 36 DCS, trasmissione a quattro velocità con rapporti sincronizzati, sospensioni anteriori indipendenti con triangoli deformabili di diversa lunghezza, molle elicoidali, barra antirollio e ammortizzatori idraulici Koni, posteriori a ponte rigido con balestre semi ellittiche e barre di torsione e ammortizzatori idraulici Koni e freni a disco Dunlop su tutte e quattro le ruote. Passo: 2.600 mm

• Acquistata nuova da Pierre Schlumberger della Schlumberger Limited
• L'89esima prodotta sul totale di 201 Cabriolet 2a serie prodotte
• Numeri corrispondenti; incluso il set di attrezzi originale
• Sottoposta alla certificazione Ferrari Classiche

Quando la Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet fu introdotta nel 1959, dovette ricoprire il ruolo nella gamma Ferrari destinato alle auto scoperte ed eleganti destinate al motorista che cercava più il piacere raffinato della guida all'aria aperta che i tempi veloci sul giro. Il disegno fu di Pinin Farina e le sue linee risultarono sin da subito classiche, sofisticate ed erano eleganti testimoni che lasciavano intendere le prestazioni del meraviglioso motore Colombo V-12 che si celava sotto il cofano.

Per gli individui sofisticati che desideravano viaggiare con stile, non c'era auto migliore da avere. Con un buona capacità di carico nel baule la Cabriolet 2a Serie poteva trasportare facilmente i bagagli di due persone per un fine settimana fuori porta ed era sufficientemente pratica per essere usata come auto di tutti i giorni, se il suo proprietario lo avesse desiderato. Questa era un'automobile che offriva ai facoltosi proprietari lusso, stile e prestazioni in egual misura: una vera Ferrari per gentiluomini.

Questa Ferrari, telaio numero 2125 GT, fu ultimata dalla Fabbrica nell'ottobre 1960 e originariamente rifinita in Blu Sera (16439 MM) con l'interno nero in pelle e vinile (VM 8500). Fu venduta nuova al miliardario francese Pierre Schlumberger della Schumberger Limited, una delle più importanti compagnie di servizi petroliferi al mondo. Per un individuo dell'alta società non c'era forse auto migliore da possedere.

Dopo aver acquistato la Ferrari, Schlumberger sposò Maria de Conceição Schroder Diniz, conosciuta anche semplicemente con il nome São. La coppia era nota nell'alta società sia in Nord America che in Europa per il loro stile di vita incredibilmente stravagante Inoltre erano conosciuti per la loro collezione d'arte, la quale comprendeva una molteplicità di opere che partiva dagli impressionisti come Monet e Degas agli artisti contemporanei Andy Warhol, Ad Reinhardt e Mark Rothko. São commissionò persino dei suoi ritratti a Salvador Dalì ed Andy Warhol. Ovviamente la coppia considerava la loro Cabriolet 2a Serie come un pezzo funzionale ed affidabile di arte automobilistica, che gli accompagnò spesso nei loro viaggi in tutto il mondo.

Poco dopo essersi sposati, gli Schlumberger si trasferirono ad Huston, Texas, dove c'era la sede della Schlumberer Limited e la loro Ferrari Cabriolet li seguì. Quando Pierre fu spodestato dalla posizione di Presidente e CEO nel 1965, si trasferirono a New York dove portarono l'auto con sé ancora una volta. In seguito ad un altro trasloco aParigi, gli Schlumberger acquistarono un sontuoso maniero da 100 acri chiamato Quinta do Vinagre, vicino ad Estoril nel natio Portogallo di São. Questa residenza fu usata per feste stravaganti, incluso il ballo La Dolce Vita nel 1968, che vide 1500 invitati, inclusi Audrey Hepburn e l'attrice italiana Gina Lollobrigida. Il numero di telaio 2125 GT continuò a risiedere a Quinta do Vinagre, e fu ivi immatricolata con la targa portoghese DC-57-07.

Non è chiaro per quanto tempo questa 250 GT Cabriolet rimase nella proprietà del Sig. Schlumberger, ma si sa che rimase in Portogallo dopo la sua morte, avvenuta nel 1985 fino all'inizio del 21 secolo, mantenendo le stesse targhe. Nel 2002 la macchina aveva ricevuto interni marrone chiaro ma si presentava ancora nel suo originale colore blu. All'epoca era nelle mani di Carlos Monjardino, un imprenditore e politico portoghese di successo.

L'auto lasciò la proprietà del Sig.Monjardino nel 2008 per andare in Francia dal suo nuovo proprietario, luogo dove risiede tutt'ora. La macchina, sempre fornita della verniciatura blu con interno in pelle beige è completamente originale nella meccanica ed è caratterizzata da molti dei suoi componenti originali, come il motore, trasmissione e semiassi. Non è mai stata restaurata ed è stata ben mantenuta nel corso della sua vita. In seguito ad un intervento dal valore di circa 45.000 € sulla meccanica, che comprese l'installazione di nuovi freni ed ammortizzatori, la macchina ha mantenuto le sue eccellenti condizioni meccaniche ed un eccezionale comportamento in strada.

Non è difficile comprendere perchè una coppia come Pierre e São Schlumberger possedettoro e apprezzarono una Cabriolet 2a Serie per così tanto tempo. Essendo un'auto che ha viaggiato dall'Europa agli Stati Uniti e vice versa, il suo fascino ed eleganza rimangono senza tempo, proprio come quello dei suoi proprietari. Anche oggi, la 250 GT Cabriolet è una delle Ferrari più apprezzate dagli appassionati Ferrari per l'esperienza di guida unica che offre, soprattutto per cvia dei quattro freni a disco e la trasmissione con overdrive, particolarità che la sua sorella, la LWB California Spider non offre.

Questa bellissima Ferrari sarà un grande automobile per colui che cerca un modo elegante di spostarsi, proprio come fecero gli Schlumberger.

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