Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October 1959, the Ferrari 250 GT SWB made its mark, both on and off the track, as one of the undisputed highlights in the history of the first Ferrari GT equipped with disc brakes. Its shortened wheelbase introduced the acronym SWB (short wheelbase) into the history books, while giving it a better grip on the road to be able to exploit the 280 horsepower of its 3-litre V12 engine.Originally designed for competition, it quickly built up a remarkable list of successes. In addition to three consecutive wins at the Tour de France Automobile from 1960 to 1962, two with Olivier Gendebien and one with Willy Mairesse at the wheel, the 250 GT SWB scored a great result in the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans, filling the fourth to seventh places in the general classification. The following year, a 250 GT SWB driven by Jean Guichet and Pierre Noblet finished third in the Sarthe.The subtle balance of the 250 GT SWB’s taut and curved lines has contributed significantly to consolidating Ferrari’s position on the market for high-class grand touring sports cars. Like the previous models, the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB was designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti. The rounded shapes of the bodywork do however reveal the work of engineers Carlo Chiti and Giotto Bizzarrini with regard to aerodynamics. Believed to be one of the most beautiful car models in history, if not the most beautiful, the 250 GT SWB is considered remarkable for marrying aesthetics and efficiency.The car presented here (3487GT) is a steel model from the second, most advanced series. It has been restored to a high standard in its original colour. It has a Ferrari Classiche certification attesting that all its mechanical elements are original Ferrari elements.It joined Breitt Gallery in 2019.
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Maximum speed: 250 km/h
Transmission: 4-speed gearbox
167 copies built