Mario Boano left Ghia in 1953 and in the following year founded his own company together with his son, Gianpaolo, and Luciano Pollo. Starting with an Alfa Romeo they used a variety of chassis' for their cars, including Ferrari and American models. Building cars for famous names, including Henry Ford Jr. and President Peron of Argentina gained them fame rapidly. In 1957 both father and son moved to Fiat to establish an internal style centre for that company. The Carrozzeria Boano was refounded as Carrozzeria Ellena by Ezio Ellena (son-in-law of Boano) and Pollo and continued to make Ferrari's, Fiat's (including a 600 Multipla pick-up and a 1500 Coupe) and others until 1966 when they ceased business. Source
250 GT Boano and Ellena
Pinin Farina introduced a 250-based prototype at the 1956 Geneva Motor Show which came to be called the 250 GT Boano. Intended as a styling exercise and inspiration to 250 GT Europa customers, demand soon called for construction of a series of the car.
Unable to meet demand, Pinin Farina asked Mario Boano, formerly of Ghia, to handle the construction. When Fiat recruited Boano, he handed production duties of the Ferrari to his son-in-law Ezio Ellena. With partner Luciano Pollo, Carrozzeria Ellena would produce the Ferrari for another few years. Ellena revised the car, raising the roof and removing the vent windows from the doors.
Carrozzeria Boano built 74 250 GTs on the long wheelbase chassis.
All but one were coupes. The the single convertible, 0461 GT, was sold to New York collector, Bob Lee, off the stand at the 1956 New York Auto Show. At the direction of Enzo Ferrari, Lee bought the car for $9,500, far below cost. He still owns it, making it one of the oldest Ferraris still in the hands of the original purchaser.
Boano Abarth 207A Spider
1955 Chrysler Special Corvair II bodied by Boano
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