British Ferrari shines again

A 250 GT Berlinetta (short wheelbase) that raced at Le Mans in 1960 has been fully restored

A 250 GT Berlinetta (short wheelbase), which mainly competed in the UK, is about to return to its owner after a full restoration.  


The car was bought in early 1960 by the British driver Graham Whitehead, who won many national prizes during his career and also had a taste of Formula One. This Ferrari made its debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's most challenging race.

The 250 GT Berlinetta has an excellent racing pedigree

Seven aluminium 250 GT Berlinettas built for competition lined up at the start. Whitehead's, shared with countryman Henry Taylor, was forced to retire while among the leading pack. In that same year, Whitehead came fifth in the Tourist Trophy and the 1000km of Paris. He also won the Angola GP at Nova Lisboa, now Huambo. In 1961, the Briton notched up two second places in the Ferrari at Snetterton and finished third at the Grand Prix de Spa in Belgium.

The car has been fully restored by the Ferrari Classiche department

At the end of the year, Whitehead gave the Ferrari to Geoff Richardson, who came third at Snetterton in 1962 before retiring it from competition. The car had been repainted in red and black and was sold to a collector. It returned to Italy in 1985, when the new owner entrusted it to the care of Michelotto Automobili of Padua. In 1991 it was one of the stars at the Nürbürgring auction, changing hands for over 1.2 million euros. For a few years it starred at events such as Tutte le Ferrari in Pista (All the Ferraris on track) at Mugello in 1995, and a number of stages of the Ferrari Historic Challenge.

In 2010, the car was sold to a British enthusiast who later asked the Ferrari Classiche department to restore it to its original state from the days when Whitehead first drove it on track. The Ferrari, which is about to be returned to its owner, is back in Scaglietti metallic light blue and again displays race no. 15, the one it was given for its debut at the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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