The celebrated Ferrari 250 GT SWB selling for a mere $6m
1960s Ferrari GT cars are always under high demand, and this 250 GT with celebrity connections and Ferrari certification is asking for a hefty fee at auction
There’s a special formula that puts a car into the bracket of millions of dollars, and it’s often a Ferrari badge that provides the main ingredient. Gooding & Company auction house has the latest addition to this club in time for the Scottsdale sales in January 2019 - ‘one of the most influential GT racers’ of its time.
The 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta had a shorter wheelbase than the other members of the fabled 250 stable, to improve handling for when it hit circuits around the world. Chassis 4037 not only has the Ferrari engineering to boast, including the first appearance of disc brakes on a Ferrari GT car, but an envious ownership history and Ferrari Classiche certification.
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Paul McCartney’s old recording partner Eric Stewart once had the keys to the car, as well as Dr. Carlo Bonomi, a well-heeled Italian who is a two-time offshore Powerboat racing world champion. Ferrari itself was a title winner with its own factory 250 GT SWBs, securing the 1961 World Sportscar Championship crown in the GT class.
The car itself is one of the late-production, steel-bodied ‘Lusso’ models, which were the road going versions of the successful race car. Combined with the racing spec models, just 176 were built in total. It benefits from the years of development that went into the 250 as one of the later models, featuring the bigger windshield, luxurious seats, a leather dash and originally the especially designed Pirelli Cinturato road tyres.
Scaglietti coachbuilt the car's bodywork, which is finished in Rosso (Red) and frames the black leather interior. The standard of this design is one that has never lost love, and has been well maintained to the point it looks like a new car. The sale estimate of the car is $6,000,000 - $8,000,000 (£4.75m - £6.3m, €5.25m - €7m), putting it firmly in the realms of the most valuable collector cars.
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This 1962 Ferrari 250GTE Series II is an absolutely beautiful matching numbers example. Burgundy with cream leather. It runs and drives fantastic. The engine has just recently been completely rebuilt. It also includes it's Marcel Massini report. A collectors dream and an incredible investment.NEW PRICE: $495,000
In 1962 shipped from Italy to the USA to the first owner and registration. Most parts of the history and owners are known, long parts of it`s history this 250 GTE spent in California. Sold to germany in march 1991. The car comes with Ferrari member card, FIVA- and Deuvet- documents, as well as actual german ownership documents. Completely restored some years ago, excellent condition. Engine and ge
PROVENANCE Original Owner (acquired new via Luigi Chinetti Motors in 1959) Buckley D. Sowards, Waite Hill, Ohio (acquired in 1965) Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2014) THIS CAR In 1958, Pinin Farina completed its Grugliasco plant expansion and became capable of larger-scale production. Enzo Ferrari, who was seeking a seriesproduction road car to stabilize his company’s finances, dire