Ferrari News – 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa Custom-Ordered by Italy’s Liquor Mogul Is Headed to Auction
By this point in your life, you’ve probably seen at least a snippet of one of those home-buying reality shows for fixer-uppers. What I see is hours and hours of time in renovations that appear to be endless; others see a labor of love culminating in a home. Some project cars are like that, too, like this never-restored custom 1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT.
There is some rust, yes. The leather is cracked and stippled. On the floor, the carpet appears to be molting and the mats are disintegrating. But you can see that the bones are solid. This rare Ferrari also has an interesting backstory as it’s said to be one of the many vehicles commissioned by Dr. Enrico Wax, a renowned distributor for big names like Johnnie Walker whiskey and Moët & Chandon champagne in Italy.
By all accounts, Dr. Wax never ordered a vehicle in standard trim; each one was custom-made. And since he spent a fair amount of money (because the Genoa-based liquor mogul had plenty of it), the automakers largely capitulated to his wishes. This particular 1955 Ferrari is significant in that it’s one of only 43 of the 250 Europa GTs built, combining coachwork by the legendary Battista “Pinin” Farina with a thundering three-liter V12.
At some point in the late ‘50s or early ‘60s, the Ferrari was acquired by a private collector in California and has been sitting in their collection for decades. It has a few clicks over 21,000 miles on the odometer, and the auction house says it has not been driven since the 1960s. The owner has kept everything intact, including the original Pirelli hoses and a 1959 Automobile Club d’Italia sticker festooned on the side mirror.