In 1957 Boano left his company for a job of chief designer at Fiat. The Boano coachbuilding company was taken over by his son-in-law, Ezio Ellena and Boano's former partner Luciano Pollo. The new company name became 'Carrozzeria Ellena'. Ellena continued production of the Boano Ferrari 250 GT.
Designed by Pinin Farina, the Boano/Ellena Grand Touring cars are generally considered to be Ferrari's first series-built production cars. They were not exactly mass-produced by today's standards since only about 50 Ellena Coupes were built, but nevertheless it was the first time Ferrari made this many cars of similar configuration.
Pinin Farina's design theme of simple elegant lines with minimal brightwork, a long hood and the signature oval radiator opening, had secured "Principal Ferrari Design House" status for the Turin firm by the mid-1950s. However, since Pinin Farina's new factory was not ready, the coachwork was contracted to Boano and later to Carrozzeria Ellena.
The 250 GT Ellena's improvements over the previous Boano model included a two-inch raised roof-line for better head room, except for the first eight with serial numbers 0679 to 0697, which continued on Boano's low roofline.
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