Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta

The 250 GT SWB Berlinetta was the last true dual purpose grand turismo built in quantity by Ferrari and was in all respects a fitting milestone to mark the end of a legendary age. It was immediately successful in racing and remained so until its place at the head of the GT pack was gradually assumed by its successor, the illustrious 250 GTO. In fact, its list of competition successes is so long as to be pointless to recount in detail. Suffice to say, however, that it includes GT category wins at Le Mans in 1960 and 1961, Tour de France wins in 1960, 1961 and 1962 and, of course, Stirling Moss’ pair of Goodwood Tourist Trophy wins in 1960 and 1961.

To this day, Ferraristi the world over consider it one of Maranello’s finest and most desirable GT cars to date, not only because of its extraordinary racing potential, but also its achingly beautiful design. The Pininfarina body, as executed by Scaglietti on the 2,400 mm short wheelbase chassis, excels in all aspects. It is unmistakably Ferrari, executed in a very restrained way with a purity of shape that is not compromised by unnecessary trim or faux scoops. The driver’s visibility from the ample greenhouse is also excellent, while the corners of the car are tightly wrapped around the wheels and its gently rounded masses speak unambiguously of potency and power.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.

240 bhp, 2,953 cc single overhead-camshaft V12 engine, three Weber 36/40 DCL6 carburettors, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with parallel A-arms and coil springs, solid rear axle with semi elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,400 mm (94.5")

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Wood

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