50-Year Dream

A half-century after he fell for the model, David Wheeler found this 250 GTE.

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August 31, 2023

An early experience, encounter, or meeting can have such a strong impact that it remains with a person for life. That

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S/n 2713 (in foreground) at the N

Wheeler later married again, and this time a couple of Ferrari 400s and a Testarossa

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Fred Wheeler, the current owner’s father, purchased the 250 GTE in 2011.

In 2011, Wheeler

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S/N 2713 HAD CLEARLY led a full life; it was no pampered pet. Wheeler, who has been a member of the 250 Register since 2002 and editor of the 250 GTE Newsletter since 2014, researched its full history, which makes for very interesting reading.

The 250 GTE was first road-registered in September 1961 as MO 69170 by Ferrari itself; at the time, it was painted Beige Classico with a beige interior. In 1962 the car was photographed in the race paddock at the N

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Current owner David Wheeler.

Powers sold the Ferrari to Fantasy Junction in California in 2007. For the next four years, the car, seemingly a little unloved, bounced around the trade before ending up at New Forest Classic Cars.

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Wheeler displayed s/n 2713 at 2020 Cavallino Classic

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