1959 Ferrari Interim Berlinetta

1959 Ferrari Interim Berlinetta 

Ferrari produced around 100 examples of the 250 GT competition model. The last ones offered a glimpse of the future, boasting a Pinin Farina design, which would be used on the all-new short wheelbase models launched late in 1959. In retrospect, aptly referred to as 'Interim Berlinettas', the seven examples built served to assess the new design on the track. It worked well as this car finished in seventh place at LeMans in 1959.

The new Pinin Farina body was tightly draped over the chassis. It was curvaceous and featured shorter overhangs. The headlights mounted on the edge of the fender were more pronounced than the recessed headlights previously used. Another distinct feature was the much rounder tail.

There were few changes to the chassis and drivetrain. The chassis consisted of a straightforward oval tube frame with additional reinforcements around the engine and at the rear. Suspension was by double wishbones and coil springs at the front and a live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs. The tried and trusted drum brakes were once again fitted.

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