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I arrived at Fantasy Junction in Emeryville and found the 1958 Ferrari 250 GT ready to inspect on a dedicated car lift. I started with an underbody chassis inspection first, since it was already up on the lift and noticed almost all the fastening hardware looked near new. The car underbody was rust free and almost looked new with black corrosion paint covering underbody components. The engine block along with several under body items did have what looked like engine oil dripping from them, noted in my pictures. I observed drips of oil on the oil drain screw along with the oil pan. Their was some oil drips stains found on the concrete below the chassis. The tires along with shocks and the updated front disc brakes all looked brand new along with the exhaust system. No evidence of rust or corrosion was found at all on the underbody, chassis, frame or components.

The exterior showed deep black paint cosmetically in very good condition, surprisingly no scratch was found on its near very clean body. However I did notice scratches on the front window, probably from a worn windshield wiper blade. Also some minor scratches on the back window is noted with pictures. The car was inspected without windshield wipers installed. Spencer from Fantasy Junction commented that he has the wiper blades but they will not synchronize correctly when installed, with windshield wiper motors. The body paint was brilliant and polished with no bubbling or cracking found. The bumpers and all chrome pieces looked to be in excellent condition and brilliantly shined as seen in the photos. I took special attention to inspect all body panel lines which was straight and parallel. However, I did notice slight body linear driver's side lower door mismatch, very minimal but visibly noticeable. This is shown in corresponding pictures. The sales team at Fantasy motors was extremely accommodating and courteous throughout the whole inspection process. I did verify the engine number and VIN plate, unfortunately the transmission gear box requires disassembly of interior, so its not available at this time.

The interior was remarkably clean and in good condition, however not original but tastefully restored definitely by a professional with correct time period materials. The seats looked near new with little to no wear and at some point, had been recovered in a fine quality leather professionally. I noticed that most of the gauges worked except the clock.

The test drive took place in town on city streets and consisted of about 5 mile drive. Again Spencer, from Fantasy Junction was accommodating driving the car at first for about 3 miles. I then drove this classic back to the showroom without any regrets as the Ferrari's twelve cylinder engine started promptly and idled with out any engine misses. The car's drive-train shifted smooth throughout the test drive. Weather was beautiful and sunny about 70 degrees. I was very happy with the test drive as this classic drove really nice as expected with no unusual noises, or engine sounds. Operationally the car exceeded my expectations, accelerating and stopping just like it was designed. The engine and engine bay was extremely clean. Additionally the engine looked brand new with several new hardware fasteners was observed on most engine components. Please see photos and below for more info.

Vehicle Info

Year 1958
Make Ferrari
Model 250 GT
Mileage 05462
Transmission Manual
VIN Number 0861 GT
Stock Number FJ2369
Interior Leather
Interior Color Teal
Body Color Black
Engine 12 Cylinder
Drive Type Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel Type Gas
Engine Number 0861 GT
Transmission Number NA


Wiper Blades
Not seen installed with the car.
Windshield Washer
Body Alignment
Paint Condition
Exterior Lights
Side Moldings
Frame Damage
Small scratches was observed on both the front and rear windshield
Body Seals
Body Filler?
Quarter Panels


Steering Wheel
Seat Condition
Heated Seats
Seat Belts
Clock The clock does not work.
Inner Door Panels
Window Function
Center Console
Sun Visors
Dash Lights
Dash Gauges
Floor Mats
Unusual Odors
Blower Motor
Interior Trim
Inner Trunk


Air Filter
Battery Condition
Charging System
Cooling Fan Condition
Radiator Cap Sealing Properly
Engine Coolant
Coolant Leaks
Power Steering
Steering Fluid
Engine Oil
Engine Fluid Leaks
Observed some oil dripping from what appeared to be the engine oil pan, and drain plug. The engine should be pressure washed off and rechecked to verify source of the leak or all leaks.
Transmission Fluid
Transmission Leaks
The transmission is leaking fluid to a drip from the underside. This area should be cleaned off to determine the source of the leak.
Brake System
Brake Fluid Leaks
Differential leaks
The rear differential is leaking fluid.
Muffler System
CV Joints and Axles
Shocks and bushings
Ball Joints and Tie Rods

Road Test

Road Test Yes
Engine Performance
Transmission performance
Clutch Performance
Differential Performance
Wheel Bearing Performance
Braking Performance
Suspension Performance
Steering Performance
Engine Starting


Driver FrontExcelsiorExcelsiorPassenger Front
Driver RearExcelsiorExcelsiorPassenger Rear


Driver Front650/16650/16Passenger Front
Driver Rear650/16650/16Passenger Rear

Axle Count

Tire Condition

Driver FrontNo IssuesNo IssuesPassenger Front
Driver RearNo IssuesNo IssuesPassenger Rear

Wheel Condition

Driver FrontNo IssuesNo IssuesPassenger Front
Driver RearNo IssuesNo IssuesPassenger Rear

Tire Tread

Driver Front7/327/32Passenger Front
Driver Rear7/327/32Passenger Rear
Spare Tire
Spare tireYes

Tire Tread Explanation

10/32 or more

Tires have plenty of tread!


8/32 or more

Tires have plenty of tread!

(low profile)

5/32 to 7/32

Tires will need replacement soon!

4/32 or less

Tires need replacement!

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