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Collectors Corner - Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta - '61 style


Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 2417GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 2417GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 2417GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 2417GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 2417GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 2417GT

Ferrari 250 GT PF Berlinetta Prototype s/n 2643GT

Ferrari 250 GT PF Berlinetta Prototype s/n 2643GT

Ferrari 250 GT PF Berlinetta Prototype s/n 2643GT

Ferrari 250 GT PF Berlinetta Prototype s/n 2643GT

Ferrari 250 GT PF Berlinetta Prototype s/n 2643GT

Ferrari 250 GT PF Berlinetta Prototype s/n 2643GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta  Competizione s/n 2689GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 2689GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta  Competizione s/n 2689GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 2689GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta  Competizione s/n 2689GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 2689GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta  Competizione s/n 2689GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 2689GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta  Competizione s/n 2689GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 2689GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta  Competizione s/n 2689GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 2689GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta  Competizione s/n 2689GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 2689GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta  Competizione s/n 2689GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 2689GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta  Competizione s/n 2689GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 2689GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta  Competizione s/n 2689GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 2689GT

 

The 250 GT SWB (Short Wheelbase Berlinetta) was introduced at the Paris Show in October 1959. Built on a shorter, 2400mm wheelbase, chassis than its predecessor, and - for the first time on a production Ferrari model - fitted with four disc brakes. The Ferrari together with Pininfarina and Scaglietti created one of the most beautiful automobiles of all time.

104 '61 examples were constructed from 1961-1963. Scaglietti built both steel and aluminum bodies, often mixing features according to client ’ s wishes and manufacturing expediency.

The 250 GT SWB Berlinetta ’s list of competition successes is so long as to be pointless to recount in detail, but it includes GT category wins at Le Mans, Tour de France wins and of course Stirling Moss ’ s Goodwood Tourist Trophy wins.

2399GT is a Stradale and is displayed since many years in the Museo Pininfarina

2417GT is a Competizione and won the 500km Spa race in ’61, it was raced by the Scuderia Ferrari and driven by Willy Mairesse and when owned by Maranello Concessionaires by Mike Parkes.

2419GT is a steel car.

2429GT is one of the 4 250 GT Speciale.

2439GT is a Competizione raced by Swede Gunnar Anderson winning the ’61 Mille Miglia after an accident in Falkenberg the car was rebuild by Scaglietti.

2443GT is a steel car with competition features. A swiss race driver who had previously owned and raced many Ferraris was killed when 2443GT had an road accident.

2445GT was Competizione owned and raced by Garage Francorchamps. In 1962 the left front was damaged in the 24h Le Mans race and repaired by Drogo.
In 1961/2 Francorchamps wanted to reuse the carnet of 1965GT, which was destroyed. They filled the chassis plate of 2445GT with lead and then put 1965GT over the original number. (The body of 2445GT never left its 1961-type chassis, which is markedly different from the 1960-type of 1965GT.)

2491GT was rebodied by Zagato and called "3Z" is was the ’71 Torino Show Car.

2501GT is a Stradale delivered to del Balso in the USA and later owned by Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

2521GT is another steel which lived in the late ‘90’s in Japan.

2549GT is a steel Berlinetta owned in 2002 by Wal-Mart owner Robson Walton, 2551GT is a steel car and was delivered to Canavese in 2001 it was owned by the late dutch Art-dealer Noortman.

2563GT is a steel which was delivered new to Italy, in ’62 it was hill climb raced in Switzerland by Siebenmann, went for 20 years to the USA and then back home to swiss owners finally the Traber family auctioned the car in their Geneva Sports Car auction after VA by buying a new block by Ferrari Classiche.

2589GT went via Franco-Britannic Auto to famed shipping tycoon Niklos Livanos in the 90’s it went to a multiple short time Ferrari owner Peter Groh – sometimes one is motivated to buy a Ferrari and sell it asap to get the next one.

2595GT is a steel car sold new to Italy and shortly after to Charles Mueller, the swiss raced the Berlinetta and it lives since the mid 70’s in Germany … a Ford dealer was sending out Xmas cards to many Ferrari owners in ’98 indicating that the car was up to sell when he parted with his Ford dealership, it stayed in the same Village when a new kid of the block entered the Ferrari science. 2613GT is a Speciale which was elivered new to Prince Bernard of the Netherlands and lives today in the Bob Lee collection.

2617GT is a steel car and lived all his life in the San Fransisco area.

2639GT is a Stradale which was delivered new to Itally.

2643GT is a Speciale and raced by Suderia Ferrari.

2649GT is a Stradale and was delivered new in Roma, it’s body was heavily modified with overed headlights.

2667GT was delivered to Dr.Marchi in Itally and is a Stradale.

2669GT is a steel SWB delivered to Mariotti in Switzerland.

2687GT was a Competizione it was raced successfully by "Lualdi" in Italian hillclimbs until it was crashed and given up.

2689GT was owned by French racer Pierre Noblet and finished the 24h Le Mans race 3rd OA.

2701GT is a Competizione used by Scuderia Ferrari it was rebuild after an accident in Le Mans.

2725GT is a Competizione entered ’61 in Le Mans but did not finish, it was later raced in the USA.

2729GT is a Competizione was ordered by Ecurie Francorchamps and won the Trophee d’Auvergne, it was driven by Pierre Dumay, Willy Mairesse and Jo Schlesser.

2731GT is an alloy SWB Berlinetta it won Watkins Glen, finished Le Mans in ’61 in 6th position over all, it was raced by Bob Grossman who was joined in Le Mans by Andre Pilette.

2733GT was Competizione delivered new to Count Volpi di Misurata it won 2 hillclimbs and the Rheinland Pfalz Preis at the Nuerburgring famous drivers like Scarfiotti enjoyed this car.

2765GT was a lusso version it was delivered to Recordati in Italy until ’96 the car featured a rear spoiler.

2767GT is a Competizione was raced by female racer Ada Pace achieving many podium finishes.

2787GT is a Competizione the French blue paint already indicates to where it was delivered and raced, it still lives in France.

2807GT is another Competizione which went to France and later to Sweden, finishing 2nd in the Swedish Championship.

2819GT Oliver Gendebien was the 1st owner of this Competizione version and finished the Tour de France 2nd OA together with Lucien Bianchi under Suderia SSS it received Drogo bodywork and soon after it was nicknamed breadvan.

The Austrian actor Gunther Philip and hobby racer was the first owner of 2839GT a Competizione version, later wrecked in a highway accident, receiving a fantasy body, which was replaced in the 80’s by something like a usual Berlinetta body.

Competizione 2845GT went to Scuderia Serenissima Oliver Gendebien finshed the Daytona race 15th OA, it was also raced by Joakim Bonnier and Graham Hill, it later was raced by a Schoenleber in historic racing who crashed "a SWB Berlinetta" many times.

2863GT is a Lusso version which was not period raced.

2909GT was a Lusso version which hit a boar and was written off.

2917GT is a Lusso version and was delivered to Duval in Paris.

2935GT is a Lusso and was delivered to France.

The Competizione 2937GT was delivered to Garage Francorchamps for Willy Mairesse and won the Tour de France in the hands of Willy Mairesse and Jojo Berger since many years it can be seen at Mas du Clos.

Another Tour de France winner is 2973GT a Competizione which was delivered and raced by Andre Simon.

2935GT was sold to Bossa Italy as a LHD lusso version.

2939GT is a Competizione delivered and raced in Switzerland after an excursion to the US and Netherlands it came back to Switzerland in ’88 where it is now a part of a very large collection.

The grey metallic Competizione 3005GT was delivered to Chinetti, the Rodriguez brothers won the 1000km Paris race in Montlhery for the N.A.R.T., the car continued his racing career in the US.

The lusso 3035GT went to Alfredo Ducato of Hillborough who was the first owner of many other Ferraris.

3037GT was the Lusso displayed at the London Earls Court Show in ’61. 3039GT was a "Lusso" and was delivered to Swaters.

The Lusso 3067GT was owned in early 2000 by Eric Clapton it was supplied when new to the UK.

3073GT is a steel version and was delivered end of ’61 to Sweden where it lives again.

The seel version 3087GT was delivered to Italy and since shortly after still lives in the USA.

3107GT is a steel version.

3113GT is a steel version and was delivered and of #61 to the US and found in ’87 a new stable in NJ.

3129GT is a steel version which was once owned by a famous actor Klaus Wildbolz.

3143GT is a steel which is frequently seen with race number 20 and the words World Ferrari on on the wind screen and carrying a blue-white-red stripe over a red body in historic racing.

3169GT is a steel Berlinetta the first delivered in ‘62.

3175GT is the steel SWB used for GTO studies and was sold new to Peru.

3233GT another LHD steel body Berlinetta.

3269GT is the 2nd Bertone bodied SWB.

3281GT is a steel Berlinetta delivered to new to Australia. The steel Berlinetta 3287GT found it’s way in the reverse direction, new delivered to Maranello Concessionaires it way sold in ’94 to the Nelson Ferrari Collection in New Zealand.

The steel Berlinetta 3315GT was sold to Italy and for 10 years displayed in the Geneva Auto Museum.

3327GT is a Competizione was raced in Sebring 12 hour race by Chuck Dietrich, Carl Haas and Charles Hayes.

3331GT Lusso Berlinetta was delivered new to Germany.

The Lusso 3337GT went to Ferrari Representatives of Hollywood.

The next steel one 3359GT went to Italy, 3367GT a steel as well went to Martinelli, 3379GT to Peruchetti, 3401GT to Molgara in Milano, 3409GT to Della Serra, 3425GT to Switzerland and 3431GT to Roma.

3463GT is also a steel Berlinetta with destination unknown.

3469GT is a SWB Speciale Coupe.

3477GT is a standard steel Berlinetta to Germany.

3487GT another LHD steel one today in the UK.

3507GT was once with Dubbini.

After the GTO’s appeared no SWB Comp. Berlinettas were built anymore, 3539GT was delivered new to Harrah.

3351GT steel LHD, 3565GT as well new to France, the steel Berlinetta 3557GT has race history with Baumberger, 3605GT was a RHD and delivered to UK, 3615GT was one of the 4 Speciale, 3639GT new to Italy, 3657GT new to Chinetti, 3695GT to Italy, 3709GT to Italy, 3735GT Chinetti, 3771GT to Melozzi rebuild in ’66 by Nembo as Spyder, 3815GT to Italy, 3829GT to Italy, 3847GT in a nice swiss collection for many many years, 3863GT to Chinetti, 3877GT and 3911GT as well, 3963GT to Italy, 4037GT and 4051GT to USA. The penultimate one went to Italy and the last one was delivered to Burbank California.

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Technical Specifcations

Engine

Front longitudinal 60° V12, light alloy cylinder block and head

Timing gear

2 valves per cylinder, single overhead camshaft per cylinder bank

Bore and stroke

73 x 58.8 mm

Total displacement

2,953.21 cc

Unitary displacement

246.10 cc

Compression ratio

9.2:1

Maximum power

280 bhp at 7,000 rpm

Transmission

Dry, single-plate clutch, 4-speed gearbox + reverse, conventional differential

Chassis

Elliptical section steel tubes

Front suspension

Independent, double wishbones, coil springs

Rear suspension

Live axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs

Wheelbase

2,400 mm

Front track

1,378 mm

Rear track

1,374 mm

Kerb weight

1,020 kg

Fuel tank

90 litres