EVO Reviews 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione: Video
Call me crazy, but I actually think the Ferrari 250 GT Short Wheelbase is a better-looking car than the much rarer 250 GTO. Exhibit A is this pristine Giallo Fly 1960 250 GT SWB that will cross the auction block at the Villa Erba RM Auctions event in Italy later this month, where its expect to sell for over $10 million.
The folks at RM Auction were kind enough to invite EVO Magazine’s Jethro Bovington to ogle some classic Ferraris at Villa Erba on the shores of Lake Como, and later sent him out for a drive in the 250 GT SWB.
This example is one of about 45 aluminum-body competition models. Four like it swept the top four positions at Le Mans in 1960, but this one never actually saw any period competition. Instead, a doctor in Florence bought it new and used it as a daily driver. The modern equivalent would be buying a 458 Italia GTE class Le Mans racer and driving it to work every day.
Since then the car, chassis No. 1953 GT, has undergone a full restoration and been prepped for both vintage competitions, like Tour Auto and Le Mans classics, and concours events. A race-spec, 3.0-liter Colombo V-12 sits under the hood, producing 280 horsepower, but the car’s original Tipo 168U V-12 is also included.
Turn up the speakers. The V-12 sounds glorious.