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Ferrari 250 SWB

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Ferrari 250 SWB

A hyper rare RHD, steel SWB - unbelievably well documented and finished in the stunning Verde Tevere.

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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 aluminum 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).

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. Disc brakes were a first on a Ferrari GT, and the combination of low weight, high power, and well-sorted suspension made it competitive. It was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October and quickly began selling and racing. The SWB Berlinetta won Ferrari the GT class of the 1961 Constructor's Championship.

The example we're offering is a steel bodied car that has the honour of being the final RHD SWB ever produced, having been completed in September of 1962 - of the 90 Road Going versions of the SWB only 11 were RHD, of these 11 only 6 were of the steel bodied persuasion. Not only was this RHD car delivered new to the USA, but it was the only SWB ever produced that wasn't delivered to Maranello in the UK.

In the mid-80's the car made its way to Switzerland where it received a significant restoration of the bodywork, engine, gearbox, axle and suspension - however the money ran out before the car could be painted and re-assembled at which point it was purchased by DK engineering on behalf of a German customer. The car was completed in the mid-90's finished in a rich Blue over Light Tan Connolly interior.

The car passed hands a number of times between this restoration and 2002, at which point DK engineering carried out a full engine rebuild as well as bodywork corrections to fix slight errors from the Switzerland restoration. In 2005 the car also benefitted from another rear axle overhaul.

The car received Classiche Certification from Ferrari - verifying the car to be entirely matching numbers - in 2011. 2013 saw an engine rebuild that featured uprated cams, as well as a fresh axle rebuild. Finally, the car was returned to its original colour of Verde Tevere, arguably one of the finest colours ever to feature on a SWB!

A chance to own a SWB is a rare one, a chance to own a RHD car even rarer. A chance to own a RHD SWB, in such unique colour that has been so well documented, maintained and cared for is unheard of.



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