Thursday, November 7, 2019

1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta by Scaglietti

In 1959, Ferrari introduced a short wheelbase 250 GT Berlinetta that offered quicker, more responsive handling, followed a year later by its California Spyder. The SWB Berlinetta got a newly designed body, with its styling drawn and executed more tautly and sharply over the shorter wheelbase. Four-wheel disc brakes — a first for a Ferrari road car — were fitted to the production cars. Extremely effective in competition, the SWB Berlinetta's results included a win and sweep of the first four places in the GT category at Le Mans in 1960.
Grand Tursimo — or Grand Touring — racing can be traced back to 1955, when GT became a class of endurance racing. This is what the 250 GT was designed for.

A long string of race victories followed the car's introduction, included the Tour de France from 1960 to 1962. The 250 GT SWB quickly became one of the finest dual-purpose GT cars from Ferrari.
The front lawn of every concours event is reserved for Ferrari royalty. That’s where you'll find the 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB.

This example had a high estimate of $10m. It made $9.6m
The SWB was built in a modest quantity of 165 examples, 91 of which were finished in the steel-bodied Lusso street-car configuration and 74 examples wore alloy for racing use.

In 2016 Gooding & Company offered a concours quality 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB with pre-sale estimate of $6m to $8m. It hammered for $7.6m.

Hagerty suggests a concours quality 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta with alloy bodywork is trending around $12m. It should be noted the red-hot market has cooled, very slightly. These cars will always remain a highly desired commodity.