Ferrari 250 GTE Series 1 (RHD) 1961. Uk Supplied example & Ferrari ‘Red Book’ Classiche certification
Chassis 2615gt was 1 of only 14 Rhd Ferrari 250 GTE series 1 ever to be produced and believed to be 1 of only 8 that remain in existence making this an extremely desirable and rare example and is fresh from a total restoration by Uk Ferrari Main Dealer at a cost of over £250K & was supplied new to Sir Alex Moulton, the founder of the Moulton Cycles company.
The Ferrari 250 GTE
The Ferrari 250 GTE, produced in 1961, was one of the early models in Ferrari’s iconic 250 series & is Ferrari’s most successful series of early cars with a production of 950 units, the most successful single model of the brand up to that time which funded Mr Ferrari’s racing dream. It was designed as a 2+2 grand tourer, which means it had two small rear seats suitable for occasional passengers, making it a more practical choice for those who wanted to combine high-performance driving with some level of practicality. The 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE was equipped with a V12 engine, specifically a 3.0-liter Colombo V12 engine. This engine was known for its smooth power delivery and a delightful exhaust note. The engine produced around 240 to 260 horsepower, depending on the specific version and tuning. This provided the car with impressive performance for its time. The 250 GTE typically featured a 4-speed manual transmission, which was common in sports cars of this era and the car featured elegant and timeless Pininfarina-designed bodywork. It had a classic long hood, short deck profile, and beautiful curves, which gave it a striking and desirable appearance. The 250 GTE was capable of reaching a top speed of around 140 mph (225 km/h) and could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in about 8 seconds, which was quite impressive for a car of its time & ç, the most successful single model of the brand up to that time.
Inside, the 250 GTE offered a luxurious and well-appointed interior with leather seats, wood trim, and attention to detail. The rear seats, while small, provided additional passenger space compared to traditional sports cars, this particular car comes with a very rare front centre arm rest which was specifically requested by its first owner Sir Alex Moulton. The Ferrari 250 GTE was produced in limited numbers, with only a few hundred units made. As a result, it has become a sought-after classic car among collectors and enthusiasts.
The history of the Ferrari 250 goes back to 1952 when Ferrari introduced the 250 S. This racing car, powered by the famous 3-litre Colombo V12 was to be the first of a long lineage of cars. Most famous are of course the 250 Testa Rossa, the 250 GTO and the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB.
Under pressure from his customers and the need to bring in enough money to keep the racing department running, Enzo Ferrari decided to have a four-seater Ferrari developed, based on the 250. It was up to Pininfarina to develop the bodywork. Built on the long chassis, just like the 250 GT and Cabriolet, the engine and gearbox were placed slightly forward to make room for four seats. With a recognizable Ferrari front end with the familiar eggcrate grille, Pininfarina gave the car a typical fastback profile. The interior has that typical charm of an Italian car from the sixties.
Only 150 kilograms heavier than the GT and with an even better weight distribution, the GTE (E for Europe) is hardly inferior to its two-seater siblings in terms of driving dynamics. The car was first introduced during the 1960 Paris Motor Show and was built until 1963 in three distinct series. Although a total of around 954 cars were produced, very few remain original, because most GTE’s are converted or used in the restoration or recreation of the more valuable 250’s ranging from £1.5M – £45M
Enzo Ferrari himself used his 250 GTE on a daily basis, and so sure was he of his new road-biased car’s motorsport-bred underpinnings that he decided to debut it not at a motor show, as was the done thing in those days, but at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it would serve as the course car. It was a stroke of marketing genius. An everyday car it might have been pitched as, but GTE was still a Ferrari with timeless Pininfarina styling & Grand Tourer practicality of the 250 GTE 2+2 makes this Ferrari with its outstanding driving characteristics a versatile, reliable touring car perfect for classic car rallies.
Chassis 2615gt was 1 of only 14 Rhd Ferrari 250 GTE series 1 ever to be produced and believed to be 1 of only 8 that remain in existence making this an extremely desirable and rare example & delivered new to Maranello Concessionaires (Uk) in October 1961 to world famous inventor Sir Alex Moulton.
A classic Ferrari is already a beautiful appearance in itself, but the colour scheme of this 250 GTE really makes it great. Finished in the beautiful colour of Blu sera. A dark colour that looks beautiful on the car and makes the chrome stand out. The interior is in a very nice, original condition and is equipped with nero-coloured leather upholstery.
Maranello’s first production-based 2+2 seater was clothed in a handsome Pinin Farina body that impressively preserved the aesthetic beauty and performance of the 250 GT platform, while still providing the comfort requisite of a four-seater touring car. Given the subdued cachet these cars possessed when new, many examples were used beyond the point of collectability, often treated less generously than their two-seater stablemates. To find a lavishly restored GTE Series 1 that has been well documented is very unusual, which is precisely what makes this spectacular example so desirable.
In 2017, this Ferrari was purchased by our Director Mr Marco Ciuffetelli, who then commissioned a full restoration of the well-maintained car. Some of Uk’s finest craftsmen were retained to assist in the refurbishment, with Ferrari Stratstones performing a bulk of the mechanical restoration. The prepared body received a new paint finish in the original colour of Blu Sera by renowned paint specialists at a cost of over £85K by Mr David Warburton of specialised automotive services Lancashire. Completed in early 2024, the three-year restoration was documented with numerous invoices and resulted in an overwhelming renewal to factory-correct standards.
In October 2024, it received certification of the car’s authenticity with a Ferrari Classiche Red Book. Attesting that 2615gt retains its factory-issued chassis, engine, body, brakes, and wheels, the Red Book clarifies the GTE’s impressive originality, this wonderfully documented Ferrari is also accompanied by a copy of the factory build sheet and a reproduction owner’s manual.
In addition to the desirable outside-spark-plug Tipo 128E engine, this car offers sensational cosmetic quality that highlights the 250 GTE’s finest features. Such details range from the elegant front-fender scallops and chromed taillamps to the sumptuous interior of proper Nero leather and carpeting, which is capped by a handsome instrument panel and classic wood-rimmed steering wheel. It is rare to encounter a GTE so meticulously finished and documented, and this outstanding Series I example is now optimally poised display and classic touring enjoyment.
Retailed through Maranello Concessionaires (Uk) in October 1961, chassis no. 2615 GT was purchased new by Sir Alex Moulton & possesses an impressive provenance that clearly accounts for 62 years of ownership.
Following its restoration it was awarded its Ferrari ‘Red Book’ Classiche certification in 2024 which confirms it importantly still retains its original chassis, engine and gearbox.
Spare set of Borrani wire Wheels
Original Tool kit & Jack
Engine number 2615 -N/I 634E
Sir Alex Moulton
Sir Alex Moulton, whose full name was Dr. Alexander Eric Moulton, was a British engineer and inventor known for his pioneering work in the fields of bicycle and automotive design. He was born on April 9, 1920, in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, and passed away on December 9, 2012. Sir Alex Moulton’s contributions to engineering and design are notable, and he received several honors and awards during his lifetime for his innovative work.
Sir Alex Moulton studied engineering at the University of Cambridge, where he earned a degree in mechanical sciences. He continued his education at the University of Birmingham, where he completed a doctorate in engineering. One of his most significant contributions was the development of the Moulton Bicycle which he introduced in the early 1960s and still to this day is an extremely popular and sought after bicycle. This small-wheeled bicycle featured a unique rubber suspension system, known as “Hydrolastic” suspension, which provided a comfortable and efficient ride. The Moulton Bicycle gained recognition for its innovative design and ride quality.
Dr. Moulton was involved in the development of the original Mini car, working on its suspension system. His expertise in rubber technology and suspension design played a crucial role in the success of the Mini, which became an iconic and influential vehicle in the automotive industry. Throughout his career, Sir Alex Moulton made significant advancements in rubber technology, particularly in the development of rubber-based suspension systems. His innovations were not limited to bicycles and cars but also extended to other applications.
In 1993, Sir Alex Moulton was awarded the Prince Philip Designers Prize for his outstanding contributions to design and engineering. In 1996, he was knighted for his services to both bicycle and automotive design. Even in his later years, Sir Alex Moulton remained actively involved in engineering and innovation, continuously working on new bicycle designs and improvements
Sir Alex Moulton’s work left a lasting legacy in the fields of transportation and engineering. His innovative designs for bicycles and suspension systems continue to influence the design of bicycles and small-wheeled vehicles, emphasizing comfort and efficiency.
Sir Alex Moulton’s dedication to improving the quality of transportation through innovative design solutions earned him recognition and respect in both the bicycle and automotive industries. His work has had a lasting impact on the way we think about and design vehicles for a more comfortable and efficient ride.
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