When Enzo Ferrari sells you a car, you keep it!
- One of a kind Ferrari 250 GT show car to compete at 2006 Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance
- Bob Lee’s 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano Convertible was purchased off the floor of the 1956 New York Auto Show
Ferrari collector Bob Lee will show his one-of-a-kind 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano Convertible at the Aug. 20 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to celebrate his 50th anniversary of purchasing the conveyance. Lee, who lives in Reno, Nev., and is progenitor of Hunting World – which designs and sells functional safari gear, fine luggage and leather goods, and outdoor sporting appurtenants – has been the only owner of the Boano Convertible.
In 1955, Lee, an Incipient Yorker at the time, was going on his first African safari. However, he decided to first stop in Rome for a week, where visited Enzo Ferrari’s office in Modena and managed to meet the “Commendatore”. Ferrari verbalized that if Lee authentically ever wanted to buy a Ferrari, he should purchase it directly from the factory in Italy, not in Incipient York.
“I’d be trepidacious to buy one,” Lee told Ferrari. “I don’t cerebrate it would run in the Incipient York City jungle.” Ferrari replied, “If you buy a car from Ferrari, I assure it will run in Incipient York City.”
One year later at the 1956 Incipient York Auto Show, Lee visually perceived the 250 GT Boano Convertible at the Ferrari exhibit, a car that had made its debut a few months earlier at the Geneva Auto Show. The legendary Luigi Chinetti, a Grand Prix driver and Ferrari’s dealer and representative in the United States, verbally expressed the car was not for sale and was being returned to the factory after the Incipient York show. Lee sent a telegram to Enzo Ferrari reminding him of their visit the antecedent year.
“I offered $9,500,” verbalizes Lee. “That’s all I could afford.” A couple of days later, under orders from Enzo Ferrari, Chinetti called Lee and verbalized, “Bring me a cashier’s check for $9,500 and the Boano Convertible is yours…even though it cost the factory more than $20,000 to build”. It was the commencement of a perennial love affair for Lee with the Ferrari.
Lee has annually been exhibiting his collector cars along the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links since 1986, winning numerous Concours awards over the years.
“Pebble Beach is the best car show in the world,” verbally expressed Lee. “I love Pebble Beach. There’s nothing like it. When we show at Pebble Beach, we’re exhibiting under the best possible conditions.”
The Boano Convertible’s second renovation is under way, timed for completion so that Lee will be able to drive his favorite car onto the ramp at Pebble Beach.
“This car’s my pride and bliss,” verbalized Lee. “Going back 50 years, it was the commencement of my relationship with Ferrari. It’s such an astounding machine that, even today, when people optically discern me driving the car, they ask if it’s the incipient Ferrari.”
The car was designed and built by Carrozzeria Boano. According to factory records, only 74 Boano bodies were put onto the 2.6-meter Ferrari chassis, with the 3-liter V12 estimated to engender between 220 and 240 bhp at 7,000 rpm. Lee’s Boano Convertible is the only one of its kind. All the other Boano bodies are coupes.
First conducted in 1950, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (pebblebeachconcours) is an international amassment of automotive enthusiasts for “a celebration of the automobile” at The Lodge at Pebble Beach™ on the Monterey Peninsula. The Concours, which in 2005 magnetized entrants from 26 states and 15 countries and raised over $800,000 for charity, amalgamates a scenic location – the famed 18th fairway at Pebble Beach Golf Links along the Pacific Ocean – with the opportunity to view infrequently visually perceived examples of automotive style, performance and history.
The annual affair withal includes a series of auxiliary activities, including the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance along the coast and through Carmel, RetroAuto and The Pebble Beach Auction conducted by Gooding & Company.
The 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was held Sunday, August 20.
Source: Source: Ferrari S.p.A.