Attempting to show Ferrari what it could do with the 250 series sports car, Pinin Farina embarked on a conceptual styling exercise that rapidly generated so much fanfare Ferrari decided to produce a run of these dual purpose race/ GT cars.
Since the fabled design house could not produce them in any significant numbers, Mario Boano was contracted to craft the coachwork. This was a very common practice in Italy at the time. Mario Boano built 74 of these amazing Boano cars at his facility, but relinquished the duties to his son-in-law Ezio Ellena, who would revise some of body design and produce the Ellena 250 GT for a few more years.
Production numbers for the Boano 250 GT are believed to be 74, and production numbers for the Ellena 250 GT are recorded as 50.
This 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Competition Boano is chassis number 0525 GT and has a pretty remarkable history. This Boano started out life as chassis number 0441 GT and was the sixth Pinin Farina 250GT “Boano” produced, and the first to sport an aluminum body, of only 14 total alloy-bodied Boano 250s produced.
This 250 GT was sold new to Luciano Marenghi, who ran it in the third round of the World Championship back in 1956. Signor Franco Marenghi and Franco Concari raced this car very successfully to a 10th place finish in the GT category, and a respectable 33rd overall finish. This was 2 hours and 13 minutes behind the winner who was driving a Ferrari 290 MM.
Chassis number 0441 was delivered in January of 1956 but factory records show that Signor Marenghi had chassis 0441 GT back at the factory to have some major work completed. Records also show the engine was moved back 3 inches, and lowered, and received a new 4-speed competition type Tour de France transmission. 3 larger Weber 40 DCL/6 carburetors, a larger fuel tank, and competition camshafts were also installed to make this alloy-bodied Boano a true dual-purpose road and track hot rod.
At some point while this Ferrari received upgrades, the Ferrari factory admits to changing the chassis number. We have factory records of this change. The frame has been stamped s/n 0525 GT, and the engine was also stamped 0525 GT.
After running in the Mille Miglia, chassis number 0525 then was brought to the United States where it ran in many small races in the North East. Most notably, it placed second at Lime Rock Park in June of 1957, piloted by Walt Luftman.
Sometime in the early 60’s chassis number 0525 was sent to Bob Norwood at Autocraft in Dallas for a mechanical restoration. In 1989 Epifani Restorations completed a ten month complete restoration of the electrical, mechanical, and cosmetics to the original 1956 Mille Miglia specifications. The coachwork was completed by Don Nickol, and the paintwork was done by Crockett Auto body in Martinez CA.
After changing hands a few more times and a brief stint in Anchorage AK, records show that that the current owner sent chassis number 0525 to Peter Markowski’s restoration shop RPM in Vergennes VT for some significant brake, suspension, rear end, exhaust, clutch, and engine work.
Since the year 2000 this Boano Competition coupe has successfully run the Colorado Grand, and the Mille Miglia a total of 4 times! In March of 2003 records show that Wide World of Cars in Spring Valley NY completed a new engine build up for entry into the 2003 Mille Miglia.In order to gain more horsepower, a new block from a 250 PF series car was obtained, and a brand new engine was built up from that starting point. The original block plus all other internal components were saved and will be included in the sale. Records also show regular routine services and thorough check overs were completed annually by Wide World of Cars.
This is your chance to own an alloy bodied Ferrari Competition car, with race history that will absolutely be eligible for the Mille Miglia, Colorado Grand, CA Mille, Tour Auto, or any concours d’ elegance, for a sensible price compared to the alloy or steel bodied 250 SWBs, 250 TDFs, and certainly 250 GTOs.