The world’s only police Ferrari put up for auctionApril 26, 2020
The auction house Girardo & Co is looking for a new owner for the unique sports car Ferrari 250 GTE 2 + 2 Polizia, made in 1962 for the police of Rome.
In the 60s, the technical capabilities of Alfa Romeo police were no longer enough to deal with the scorchers. When the famous Roman policeman Armando Spatafora was asked what he lacked to resist the offenders, he, without thinking twice, answered: “Ferrari!”. “Well, Ferrari will be yours,” the management replied.
Spathafora was one of four Roman police officers selected to take special Ferrari high-speed driving courses in Maranello. After all, he had to drive a powerful and fast Ferrari c 3-liter V12 and a top speed of 250 km / h. After completing the course, Spatafora arrived at the Ferrari factory and saw his new car – the 250 GTE 2 + 2 Series II with the 3999 GT chassis.
The body for the car was made by Pininfarina at the end of August 1962, and the final assembly was completed in November. The coupe was painted black and had faux leather trim.
In total, two such 250 GTE Polizia were made, but the second “lived” in just a few weeks. Fortunately, the remaining copy faithfully served Spathafora and his colleagues for 6 years, becoming a legend.
Among the reckless, it was considered a special honor to enter into confrontation with Spathafora and his Ferrari. But the experience, craftsmanship and technical capabilities of the machine did not leave any speed-breakers.
In 1968, the car retired, and in 1972 it was sold at a public auction. It was acquired by Alberto Cappelli, who knew exactly what he was buying. Thanks to him, the car was carefully guarded for 40 years.
Cappelli and his two sons took part in various retro events and traveled extensively in Italy and Europe. In 1984, Armando Spatafora again drove the car, taking part in the retro rally Coppa delle Dolomiti. And years later, this duet showed itself perfectly, setting the second time in the overall standings.
In the early 2000s, the legendary car was put on display at the Museum of Police Cars organized in Rome. And this is the only private car in Italy that has official permission to use all the attributes of a real police car: sirens, a blue flashing light and the Squadra Volante police livery.
In 2009, the car took part in the presentation of the biographical book “Policeman on a Ferrari”, written by Carmen, daughter of Armando Spatafora. Over the next 6 years, this car participated in celebrations organized by police throughout Italy.
In 2016, the prize of the famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance beauty contest appeared in the collection of machine awards. Now it’s time for the legend to find its new owner.
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