Amelia Island

10-11 March 2017

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta by Scaglietti

  • Chassis no. 2639
  • Engine no. 2639
  • Gearbox no. 114

By 1959, Ferrari had established its dominance in sports car racing on a global scale. Those cars adorned with the Prancing Horse were handily taking home trophies at races around the globe and at the highest levels of motorsport. Enzo Ferrari was looking to keep his cars at the top of the podium for the next decade and to continue to do battle with the likes of Aston Martin and Jaguar. In the GT category, Ferrari was truly second to none, and its 250 GT long-wheelbase Berlinetta was regarded as the finest dual-purpose GT car money could buy. It was versatile enough to be driven on public roads to an event, raced to victory, and driven back home all in the same day. Of course, with a design by Pininfarina and coachwork by Scaglietti, these cars looked just as good standing still as they did at speed. Ownership of a 250 GT Berlinetta was the dream of any motoring enthusiast.

The newest competition-ready Berlinetta took the reins from the aging LWB “Tour de France” and was introduced in 1959 at the Paris Salon. This new car boasted bodywork similar to the outgoing TdF and “interim” Berlinetta, but its new chassis had a wheelbase 200 millimeters shorter than its predecessor, leading the cars to be differentiated by enthusiasts as passo lungo, or LWB, for the long-wheelbase examples, and passo corto, or SWB, for the new short-wheelbase Berlinettas. The 250 GT SWB went on to become one of the most successful racing Berlinettas in Ferrari history, achieving nearly 250 class and overall wins, including two class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans as well as two overall wins in the Tour de France.

This SWB, chassis number 2639, was completed by the Factory in 1961, where it was outfitted as a street version though with several competition-specification features, including an aluminum hood, doors, and deck lid, as well as roll-up windows and fender and roof vents. Further upgrades include, amongst others, larger Weber 40 DCL 6 carburetors, an alloy ribbed gearbox, front brake ducts, and the elimination of the front and rear bumpers.

Sold new to Marion Dall’Orso of Genoa, Italy, the SWB was soon thereafter exported to the United States. The Ferrari spent much of its early life in California and Texas, eventually making its way back to Europe in the 1980s. Ultimately, this SWB was acquired by the consignor in 2011, and he promptly commissioned the renowned Ferrari specialists at Motion Products of Neenah, Wisconsin, to conduct a comprehensive restoration. Following the completion of the restoration in 2015, chassis number 2639 has won numerous accolades, including Best of Show at Concorso Italiano, as well as earning Platinum Awards at the Ferrari Club of America International and the XXV Cavallino Classic Concours d’Elegance. Most notably, this 250 GT SWB was presented with the prestigious Ferrari Classiche Cup, which is awarded by Ferrari Classiche to the finest restored and certified Ferrari.

With its Red Book certification, this 250 GT SWB is eligible for virtually every important motoring event on the planet and will outperform nearly everything in its class with ease at the hands of a skilled driver. Sensational looks coupled with unsurpassed driving dynamics makes chassis 2639 one of those rare opportunities to acquire a car that is both a pleasure to invest in as well as a pleasure to drive.

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