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post #1 of 9 Old 07-16-2012, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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How do you research a cars history?

I am the very proud owner of a ferrari 250 gte and as the car is older than me i am sure it has a few stories to tell! But where do you start? Are there specialists in this field?
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-16-2012, 07:35 AM
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there are a number of "historians" / enthusiasts on this site as well as other sites that record car serial numbers, changes in ownership, photos and other things of inerest about the Ferrari...repost your inquirey with serial numbers and photos here and on other sites, with certainty someone will come forward with information which you can then assemble for your car's history... the internet is a great resource all around the world

easiest is to add the serial number to your post by using the edit function, which will keep it at the top of the thread,

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first, congratulations on your purchase! The GTE is a really great car.

You need to contact Tom Wilson; he is the second person to take over the maintenance of the 250GTE Registry since Len Miller started it many years ago. Tom's email is [email protected]. Odds are good that your car is already in the registry; if so, he will ask you for info on the car - seller, date, and also ask you to check certain stampings - motor/tran, etc.

Can you post pics of your car?

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The other good source for all the Enzo era Ferraris is Marcel Massini. His database is pretty all-inclusive for the early cars.

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Congrats: The 250 GTE would be the one 'old' Ferrari I would go for...then perhaps a 330, mainly due to pocket book.

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Congratulations!

If you get a moment feel free to post pictures and VIN number.

Carbon a member here most likely has it in his database and can give you a full history.
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I am the very proud owner of a ferrari 250 gte and as the car is older than me i am sure it has a few stories to tell! But where do you start? Are there specialists in this field?
Please can you tell us what country you are in?
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Also check with Ferrari Market Letter as they have records that the founder, Gerry Rousch, started.

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post #9 of 9 Old 08-05-2012, 05:01 AM
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Here's some of what I've learned researching my '53.

Contact Ferrari.
Contact Pininfarina.
Contact Marcel Massini.
Contact FML.
Contact the registry for your model.
Contact any broker who has handled your car.
Track down and contact every prior owner you can find and interrogate them!
Contact every other marque expert you can find.
Google, google, google.
Bing, bing, bing.
Sign up for online newspaper archives and search them.
And so on.

Take nothing for granted, even when presented by experts. The history of my car that is online, and was advertised by the broker from whom I purchased the car, has some inaccuracies. I know of the inaccuracies because I have spoken directly to the car's prior owners.

Good luck.

I have found everyone to be very helpful.
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