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Collectors Corner - Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta


Ferrari 250 GT driven to the race, raced and driven back home  ... Dave Nicholas

Ferrari 250 GT driven to the race, raced and driven back home ... Dave Nicholas

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 1539GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 1539GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 1539GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 1539GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 1613GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 1613GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 1613GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 1613GT

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 1773GT ... Dave Nicholas

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 1773GT ... Dave Nicholas

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 1785GT ... Dave Nicholas

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 1785GT ... Dave Nicholas

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 1931GT ... Dave Nicholas

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 1931GT ... Dave Nicholas

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 1931GT ... Dave Nicholas

Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione s/n 1931GT ... Dave Nicholas

 

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.

64 '60 examples were constructed from 1959-1961. 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.

From the early SWB's 46 were Competizione and 18 Stradale types. From 1539GT until 1965GT all were competizione type, 1993GT, 1995GT, 2025GT, 2067GT, 2069GT, 2111GT, 2221GT, 2243GT, 2251GT, 2265GT, 2269GT, 2283GT, 2289GT, 2291GT, 2335GT, 2365GT and 2389GT were type stradale.

1539GT was the Paris Show car, it was raced in 1960 in the 12h Sebring race and in the same year in various US races.

1613GT was the Tunis Show car and it won several races in Angola.

1739GT was the Geneva Show car in March 1960, it is one of 2 Bertone bodied SWB's, it was not raced.

1741GT was the New York Show car, it was raced by Reed in the USA.

1757GT was successfully raced by de Micheli in Italy.

1759GT was raced by Ed Hugus in the USA.

Apparently also 1771GT was displayed at the '60 Geneva Show, in 1960 until '63 it was raced by Riggenberg in many Swiss hill climbs.

1773GT was actively campaigned in the US, by Arnets, Kimberly, Grossman and Hathaway, it finished Sebring 7th OA.

1785GT finished Sebring 4th OA, it was raced by Hugus, Pabst, Grossman, Bucher and Constantine until it was destroyed in an accident.

1791GT was raced in Italy by Lenza and Coco it finished the Targa Florio 3rd IC and won many hill climbs.

1807GT went to Germany and had a long list of 1st IC results with Wolfgang Seidel and started it's carrier witha win in the 500km Spa race.

1811GT was a Garage Francorchamps race car for Jean Blaton, it started in the following races 1000km Nuerburgring, 24h Le Mans, 1000km Paris and it won the Coupes de Paris and later many Belgium races.

1813GT went to Italy and was raced by Pietro Ferraro at least 3 times in the Targa Florio.

1849GT is a SWB Comp. but we have no race history recorded for it.

1875GT was raced in Italy and from 1962 it earned it's laurel in Germany.

1887GT was raced by very well known French racer Jean Guichet.

1905GT was raced in Italy.

1913GT was raced by Arents and Connell in Le Mans and finished 2nd in Class, it was later owned by American female racer Denise McCluaggage and finished with her in the '61 12h Sebring race 1st in Class.

1917GT was raced by it's three German owners, Felder, Noecker and Bitter.

1953GT is an alloy SWB but was raced in Italy.

1965GT was heavily raced in Benelux area and eventually was destroyed.
In 1961/2 Garage Francorchamps wanted to reuse the carnet of 1965GT. 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.)

1993GT and 1995GT are steel cars and were not raced.

1997GT was a successful hill climber in Italy.

1999GT was raced by Carlo Abate and won the Coppa InterEuropa.

For a chance 2001GT went to France was 1st IC in Le Mans and 3rd OA in the Tour de France.

2009GT went to the UK.

2021GT was raced by Pierre Noblet and finished Le Mans 3rd IC in 1965 the car was still raced in hill climbs.

2025GT was raced successfully by "Lualdi" and Conti in Italian hill climbs mainly.

Galuzzi was seen in the Coppa InterEuropa driving 2033GT.

Jaoa Gaspar received 2035GT and it was raced until '64 and it shows an impressive list of 1st only interrupted by one 2nd place driven by Macedo.

2053GT was the car used as GTO study and was later rebodied as a regular SWB Competition Berlinetta, raced by Toselli, in '62 it was sold to Garage Francorchamps and raced by Jacques Swaters himself, Berger, Beurlys, Dernier and others.

2055GT was a never raced steel car, 2067GT and 2069GT as well.

2069GT went to Scuderia Serenissima and finished the 1960 Monza GT race in 1st position driven by Abate.

2095GT was driven in European races by Cacciari, Sala, Plaut, Bitter and others.

2111GT was a never raced steel SWB and now a famous one, 2119GT the dark blue SWB decorated with a white bonnet band was raced by Stirling Moss, Jack Sears and Mike Parkes and won the Goodwood Tourist Trophy and another famous one driven by Pierre Dumas and Jo Schlesser finished in the Tour de Trance 2nd OA, and it is getting better 2129GT was raced by Berger, Mairesse and Wolfgang Berghe von Trips and Bianchi, it won the 1960 Tour de France.

2141GT was raced by Frescobaldi and finished 12th OA in the 1000 km Nuerburgring race and another famous racer appears in a 250 GT SWB, Olivier Gendebien teamed up with Bianchi and won the 1000km Paris Montlhery race in 1960.

Finally one which went to Spinedi which we have seen racing 25 GT LWB Berlinettas, scored many podium places with 2159GT.

2163GT went also to Scuderia Senerissima, Abate and Davis finished the 1000 km Nuerburgring race 1st IC.

2165GT was raced in France by Simon.

2177GT is a steel bodied SWB with Jo Siffert hill climb histrory.

2179GT went to Garage Francorchamps and was raced by Beurlys and Berger and was since the late 70's campaigned by Bart Rosman until "today".

2209GT went to Jo Schlesser and won the Tour de Corse. The RHD steel Berlinetta was the 1960 London Show car.

2231GT was owned by Adrian Conan Doyle well known from the Sherlock Holmes movies, this SWB featured for many years a Chiti nose like we can see them with the 330 TR/LM's.

Bob Grossman and Charlie Hayes raced 2237GT in the States with many over all wins.

2243GT starts a series of steel SWB's, followed by 2251GT, 2265GT, 2269GT, 2283GT, 2289GT, 2325GT, 2347GT, 2365GT and finally 2389GT

In summary one can say the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta was the perfect car for the private racer who drove it to the race, mounted different tires for the race and after the weekend was over drove back home again in the very same car, may be with some dents and the laurel and a trophy in the back or on the roof.

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Production Numbers

Competizione

46

Stradale

18

Total

64

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