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Ferrari 250 SWB/C Alloy

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Ferrari 250 SWB/C Alloy

An incredible example of Ferraris legendary 250 GT SWB. Finished to Competizione specification with an Alloy body.

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One of the most notable GT racers of its time, the 1959 250 GT Berlinetta SWB used a short (2,400 mm (94.5 in)) wheelbase for better handling. Of the 176 examples built, both steel and aluminium bodies were used in various road ("lusso") and racing trims. Engine output ranged from 240 PS (177 kW; 237 hp) to 280 PS (206 kW; 276 hp).


At the Paris Salon of 1959 Ferrari revealed to the public the new 250 GT Berlinetta, riding on its shorter wheelbase. The lightened chassis provided the perfect foundation for the bodywork. Changes were far from simply cosmetic, Dunlop disc brakes featured as standard on all four corners complimented by either Miletto or Koni Shock Absorbers up front.


In the 1960 edition of Sports Car Illustrated one reviewer described the car as "an absolutely unique piece of machinery that knows not a single peer!", proclaiming the Colombo V12 engine to be the greatest automotive engine in existence.


Development of the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta was handled by Giotto Bizzarrini, Carlo Chiti, and young Mauro Forghieri, the same team that later produced the 250 GTO. The combination of low weight, high power, and well-sorted suspension made it competitive. The SWB Berlinetta won Ferrari the GT class of the 1961 Constructor's Championship, as well as following in the footsteps of its predecessor, the TDF, and winning the Tour de France between 1960 and 1962. Success was had in England as well where the SWB also won the RAC Tourist Trophy races at Goodwood in 1960 and 1961.


The example we are offering is one of only 46 alloy-bodied cars ever built and is the 39th of 74 competition spec SWBs, making it amongst the most desirable 250 SWB in existence. The car was delivered to official marque dealer Vincenzo Malago, of Rome, who kept the car for 6 months as a personal car. The car changed hands a number of times before leaving Italy for the UK in 1963. In the 70's the car's engine was replaced with a correct Tipo 168 engine.


In 1983 the car was fully restored before being featured in the January 1985 edition of Thoroughbred & Classic Cars. Later the same year the car made its way back to Italy, in the hands of a new owner and participated in a number od vintage events at the Nurburgring and Silverstone. In 1996 the car once again came back to the UK and received a full engine rebuild and interior re-trim with correct Nero leather and matching carpets. The previous owner purchased the car in 2014 and oversaw a 2016 restoration that included Factory Correct Rosso Chiaro paint, a dashboard re-trim with correct wrinkle finish, a chassis overhaul and a full brake rebuild. The car has recieved Classiche Certification.


There can be no question, this is one of the finest and most well sorted examples of the 250 SWB on the planet - totally ignoring how important and rare the car's specification is. A gem in absolutely any collection imaginable!



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