1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB ReplicaSOLD

COYS - Legende et Passion - Monaco - 21st May 2007

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Estimate: €240,000-300,000

Sold €260,478

Since the company's earliest days, the definition between Ferrari's road and racing cars was blurred, the race cars were developed in line with production and vice versa. Until the mid 1960's Ferrari sports racing cars were just that, sports cars that were suitable for road racing as opposed to out and out racing.

Introduced in 1960, the Short wheelbase, though available in street or competition spec. (alloy bodywork on the lighter competition cars) all SWB's were more than capable as road cars, with levels of trim and sound and weather proofing that seem luxurious for their day, especially when viewed against the GTO! So close are the street and Competition cars in specification that many road cars had successful careers in international and national events, often with 'Gentleman' drivers at the wheel.

Much of the development work carried out on the Ferrari GT cars filtered down into the non competition orientated cars in the company's range. Lessons learnt in making the V12 engines last an endurance race distance helped the factory engineers develop the road going engines reliability. Lessons learnt on chassis improvements required on such testing events as the Carrera Pan Americana were fed into all the products of the Maranello firm.

By the early 1960's this tandem development programme was such that cars such as the 250 GTE , aimed at successful business leaders and the rich and famous as a stylish road car, shared the majority of their chassis and mechanical elements with the race bred Ferraris of the day.

As a result, it is relatively simple, on paper, to convert a car such as the GTE or later 300GT to the specification and style of the legendary SWB. As is often the case, 'on Paper', is not as easy as it sounds. To create a car such as this takes skills possessed by precious few artisans, the bodywork being lovingly crafted in the same way as the originals, taking time over the delicate lines of the wings, just as the craftsmen of Scaglietti did when these cars were new. To create what is widely recognised as the most beautiful product of the World's most famous marque, there is no room for compromise. The aim at every stage must be accuracy and attention to detail. This level of care has it's price, both in time and money, but the result is worth any price, a car that looks, drives and feels like the original, one of the most desirable cars in the world.

Re-producing a car such as this is a labour of love for some, a way of creating a dream for less than the cost of the original. The reality is that the resultant car will never be valued at anything like its build costs, but to some who love Ferrari, this is of small concern, the joy of owning such an immaculate piece of automotive art is value enough, and for subsequent owners, the joy of ownership of an icon is a much more viable prospect. A chance to drive the legend.

A Ferrari 250 GTE was supplied by Swiss specialist Siementhal in 1995 to create this 'short wheel base'. The body and interior were constructed by renowned specialist Giordanengo of Turin in the style of one of the 1st series of lightweight racing short wheels bases that were raced so successfully in period .The body of the car has been built in lightweight alloy following the exact specifications of the original car and a correct outside plug V12 engine has been sourced. Mechanically the car has been totally renewed, the engine, gearbox and mechanical ancillaries have been rebuilt with new parts. Potential buyers are advised that this car will require a period of 'running in' of between 1 - 2000 kms as the car has not been used since this work was completed. This car is the result of 5 years worth of painstaking work and is indistinguishable from the real thing. With the value of any short wheel base Ferrari now in the region of 1.5-2.5M Euros this car makes sense and can be enjoyed immediately without the worry associated with owning such a car.

Reference Number 9276

as of 5/7/2007

Car 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Replica
VIN 4283GT 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift