In order to keep up with rival marques such as Aston Martin and Maserati, Ferrari’s answer was the Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2. Shown for the first time at the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans, serving as a course car. The car was build on Ferrari’s popular 250 platform and was designed with an attractive coupe shape styled by Pininfarina. It became the first four-seater Prancing Horse produced on a larger scale.
Sharing the same celebrated 3.0 litre V12 Colombo engine as the 250 GT Berlinetta the powertrain was positioned slightly further forward and with a wider track, giving the car excellent handling. This altered configuration allowed for a light, spacious cabin with plenty of space for luggage, reinforcing the car’s reputation as a sought-after grand tourer. The 250 GTE also featured an independent front suspension, and all-round disc brakes could be found behind the Borrani wire wheels. Spanning three series, 954 examples of the GTE were produced between 1960 to 1963, including 299 units of the Series I, and Enzo Ferrari himself was said to have favoured the model for his own personal transport.