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What does the E in 250GTE stand for?

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  1. TerryG!

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    Marcel - I haven't seen those documents before, so thank you for posting the images. They don't seem to answer the OP's question but I found them very interesting.
     
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  2. T308

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    I thought the /E referenced the Tipo 508E chassis.
     
  3. lancia

    lancia Formula Junior

    Jan 18, 2004
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    I believe T308 is correct, the 'E' is a reference to chassis Tipo 508E. The other speculative interpretations are interesting and amusing, but Ferrari designations in period are relatively direct and reading historian Prunet's "The Road Cars", there is no mention of any unusual association other than the chassis tipo. I think Gerald Roush published an expanded FML treatise on the GTE years ago, but no longer have it to check that source. (Note the Lampredi-engined 250 Europa had a chassis number suffix EU, not E.)
     
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  4. Marcel Massini

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    Sorry for the potential hair splitting here but a chassis number suffix is something totally different than a general TYPE designation such as GT/E etc.

    A chassis number suffix could be "GT" or "LM", etc.
    Here's a quick incomplete overview for some chassis number suffixes:

    A = America.
    AL = America Lungo.
    AM = America.
    AT = America Tubolare.
    C = Corsa.
    CM = Carrera Messicana.
    E = Export.
    ED = Export Tubolare.
    EL = Export Lungo.
    ES = Export Sport.
    ET = Export Tubolare.
    EU = Europa.
    EX = Export or Experimentale.
    F = Formula.
    FL = Formula Libre.
    GT = Gran Turismo.
    GTB = Gran Turismo Berlinetta.
    GTC = Gran Turismo Competizione.
    I = Inter.
    LM = Le Mans.
    M = Mille Miglia or Monza.
    MD = Mondial.
    MDTR = Mondial Testa Rossa.
    MI = Monza Indianapolis.
    MM = Mille Miglia.
    MT = Monza Tubolare.
    S = Sport.
    SA = Superamerica.
    SF = Superfast.
    T = Tuboscocca.
    TF = Targa Florio.
    TR = Testa Rossa.

    Marcel Massini
     
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  5. TTR

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    Do I understand correctly that the “E” in GTE (or GT/E) does not indicate or mean “Export” ?
     
  6. lancia

    lancia Formula Junior

    Jan 18, 2004
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    Marcel, Thanks, understood. My main point was referring to the chassis tipo 508E not the individual chassis number. My other side point was relative to suggestions the E may mean Europe, just noting the nuance of how the 250 Europa individual chassis suffix was tagged EU, not E.
     
  7. Marcel Massini

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    Yes. The "E" in GTE is not Export and it also is not a chassis number suffix but a model type designation. Two totally different things.

    Marcel Massini
     
  8. TTR

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    Thank you.
     
  9. bertdeboer340

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  10. Serobson

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    Maybe GT Endurance?
     

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