1960 Ferrari 250 SWB
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•One of 46 alloy-bodied examples built in 1960 and the 39th of 74 competition SWBs
•Engine rebuilt in the early 2010s by DK Engineering
•Cosmetically restored in factory-original colour combination
•Documented with factory build sheets, service invoices, magazine articles and history by marque expert Marcel Massini
•Featured in the 15 March 1969 issue of The Motor, and the January 1985 issue of Thoroughbred & Classic Cars
•A beautifully maintained and well-sorted example of Ferrari's highly celebrated dual-purpose berlinetta
•Ferrari Classiche certified
Benefiting from recent cosmetic measures that have bolstered a prior engine rebuild, this beautifully presented 250 GT SWB is an outstanding example of the rare and celebrated berlinetta. Chassis no. 2163 GT is approximately the 39th of 74 alloy-bodied competizione examples, and the 45th of 165 total SWB examples built. Undergoing much of its build process during October 1960, the 250 GT was clothed in aluminium alloy coachwork by Scaglietti and finished in rosso chiaro paint, while the interior was trimmed with nero leather (a colour combination the car faithfully retains today).
After a certificate of origin was issued on 8 August 1961, the SWB was sold on 22 August to its first owner, Vincenzo Malago, an official marque dealer in Rome who kept the berlinetta as a personal car for six months. In February 1962, the Ferrari was purchased by Bruno Zanetti of Casavatore, and he sold the car 10 months later to Aldo Camnasio of Lissone (outside of Monza).
In February 1963, the 250 GT was acquired by English enthusiast Robert McIntyre, commencing a chain of British ownership that continued in 1969 with Oliver Harris of Surrey. During the 1970s the berlinetta was fitted with a correct Tipo 168 engine originally used in chassis no. 1615 GT, a 250 GT LWB California Spider Alloy Competizione. Passing through the collections of David Walker and Roy Pearse in 1983, the car was fully restored by Hall & Fowler Engineering in Lincolnshire. The restored SWB was then featured in the January 1985 issue of Thoroughbred & Classic Cars before being sold later that year to Dan Margulies of London.
Later in 1985, this berlinetta was sold to Stefano Durelli of Padova, Italy, and the car participated in a handful of vintage events over the following few years, including the AvD-Oldtimer-Grand Prixes at the Nürburgring in 1988, 1989 and 1991. The 250 GT also participated in the International Historic Race Festivals at Silverstone in July 1992 and 1993 (the latter of which included display at the British Ferrari Owners' Club 25th Anniversary exhibition).
In March 1996 the SWB was purchased by Andrew Pisker of London, and he continued to enter the car in vintage events, including the International Historic Race Festival at Silverstone in July 1997 and the Tour Auto Historic in France in April 1999. Pisker also commissioned a full engine rebuild by the esteemed UK-based specialists, DK Engineering. Additionally, the interior was refurbished with correct nero leather with complementary carpets.
Acquired by the consignor in July 2014, the 250 GT has since been fastidiously maintained and consistently corrected towards original standards. In 2016, the exterior was refinished in proper rosso chiaro paint and the dashboard was removed and refurbished with correct wrinkle finish, while the chassis was mechanically sorted as needed, including a full rebuild of the brakes.
Currently in a beautiful state of presentation that includes a meticulously detailed undercarriage and engine compartment, the SWB is notable for its high state of chassis and body originality, having experienced no serious racing in period, in contrast to most Competizione examples, which have at some point incurred damage during racing.
An excellent show car that is mechanically poised to enjoy premium touring and track events, the SWB would require only a handful of corrections to approach platinum-level standards for club exhibition. The car is now equipped with a roll cage for safety during event use and is a perfect candidate for events like the Tour Auto or the Le Mans Classic, should its next owner wish to take the car to the track rather than the concours lawn.
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