A ‘legendary’ 1962 Ferrari GTE used by the Rome police in high-speed car chases is now for sale — take a closer look

  • A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 that was used by Rome’s police force from 1963 to 1968 is now on sale with Girardo & Co at an undisclosed asking price.
  • The 250 GTE Polizia has gained a “legendary status” with its a robust history while with the police force, according to Girardo & Co.
  • The build was used during a time of numerous crime-related car chases in Rome.
  • Girardo & Co considers the car “one of, if not the, most valuable Ferrari 250 GTE.”
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

A Ferrari that was used by Rome’s police force from 1963 to 1968 is now on sale.

The Ferrari 250 GTE is considered one of the automaker’s most popular models, ultimately evolving into three different series throughout four years, according to Girardo & Co. But unlike any other Ferrari build, the 250 GTE that’s now on sale with Girardo & Co has a unique history: the Ferrari 250 GTE Polizia was used by Rome’s police force during a time when crime-related car chases were at a high.

Before the arrival of the 250 GTE, the police had been driving an Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600. However, the decision to purchase a Ferrari came after one of the force’s most revered officers, Armando Spatafora, said, “What could be better than a Ferrari?” in response to being asked what he would need to be “complete,” according to Girardo & Co.

This statement then started a series of events that ultimately led to the purchase of the now “legendary” 250 GTE Polizia vehicle.

That exact Ferrari 250 GTE Polizia is now being sold with its robust history file that includes police documentation and Ferrari build sheets. The car dons a body fitted by Pininfarina and a tan leatherette interior that contrasts its black exterior paint. 

Keep scrolling to learn more about its one-of-a-kind history:

Spatafora and three other Rome-based officers attended a high-speed driving lesson in Maranello, Italy, the home of Ferrari …

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1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Polizia.


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… where Spatafora found himself drawn to the 250 GTE and its 3.0-liter V12 engine that could reach speeds of over 155 miles-per-hour.

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1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Polizia.


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Afterwards, two police-optimized 1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 were built. However, the second build was wrecked after several weeks of service.

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1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Polizia.


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The sole 250 GTE Polizia went on to achieve “legendary status” among the police force and public, according to Girardo & Co.

1963 Ferrari 250 GTE Polizia.

1963 Ferrari 250 GTE Polizia.


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Source: Girardo & Co

The car became infamous in the law-offending community as well. Criminals gained prestige if they could beat Spatafora and the Ferrari in a car chase, according to Girardo & Co.

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1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Polizia.


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Source: Girardo & Co

The vehicle was often serviced in Maranello, Italy to ensure it stayed in the best condition possible.

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1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Polizia.


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But in late-1968, the Ferrari 250 GTE Polizia was retired and ultimately auctioned off in 1972 to a man who preserved the vehicle for the next 40 years.

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1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Polizia.


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Despite being sold and retired, the car still remained in the public eye. In 1984, Spatafora was able to drive the 250 GTE Polizia again at the Coppa delle Dolomiti race, finishing with the second-fastest time in the race.

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1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Polizia.


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… and by the early 2000s, the 250 GTE found itself on loan at the Museum of Police Vehicles. The car has also been shown at multiple rallies, shows, and events.

1963 Ferrari 250 GTE Polizia.

1963 Ferrari 250 GTE Polizia.


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There was also a book — the “il Poliziotto con la Ferrari” — created about the Ferrari and its relationship with Armando, written by his daughter.

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1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Polizia.


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It’s now the only privately owned car in Italy that is allowed to be driven with the “Squadra Volante” livery and police sirens and lights.

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1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Polizia.


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In 2015, the car was passed to its current Italy-based owner.

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1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Polizia.


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Girardo & Co — which isn’t making the asking price public — noted to Business Insider that the build “is one of, if not the, most valuable Ferrari 250 GTE.”

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1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Polizia.


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A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Series II and 1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Series III both auctioned off for over $500,000 in 2017 and 2018, respectively, with RM Sotheby’s.

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1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 Polizia.


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Source: RM Sotheby’s (Series II and Series III)

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