Ferrari 250GT Prototype EW Bertone interior (1960)
“1739 GT was fitted with a brushed stainless steel roof, rockers and front and rear valances. It also had a one-off wire mesh grille, headlight covers and Ferrari’s first ever rear window defroster. Additionally, the hood and fenders could be flipped forward to expose the entire engine and front chassis – a configuration referred to as a “clam shell”. The interior featured rolled, pleated and fully adjustable folding seats, an unique “pistol grip” gear lever, electric windows and full fitted luggage. A particularly unique interior design feature is the central placement of the speedometer and tachometer, which predated the similar design found in the 250 GT Lusso by three years!
An oversize Ferrari emblem graced the hood and the side of the car was badged with Enrico Wax’s initials “Prototype E.W.” 1739 GT was also the first Ferrari to be fitted with Campagnolo cast magnesium wheels. This car significantly influenced later Ferraris, particularly the 250 GT Lusso. Battista ‘”Pinin” Farina was unrestrained in expressing his admiration for the design of this car and acknowledged borrowing liberally from it for future creations.”