1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta “Competizione”

In the tradition of Ferrari’s dual-purpose road and racing berlinettas, the new 250 GT SWB was a tractable and well-mannered daily driver about town — and a veritable beast in a race. Competition-specification cars with additionally up-rated engines and lightweight alloy aluminum bodies were immediately made available for racing customers.

Competizione-specification examples totaled to 72 alloy-bodied examples among the overall output of just 165 SWB cars. It is a credit to the SWB’s strength of design, durability and no-hassle ergonomics that the model was a daily-use driver for many owners. More recently, collectors have truly begun to prize the SWB’s subtle Pininfarina lines and its legitimate competition pedigree.

According to the research of noted marque authority Marcel Massini, this example features alloy coachwork and a race-tuned engine. It’s among the most well-documented SWB examples, having been owned by just four caretakers from new. It has enjoyed attention from some of the Ferrari world’s most respected historians and craftsmen, including Charles Betz and Fred Peters, Brian Hoyt’s Perfect Reflections, and Wayne Obry’s renowned Motion Products. It also received concours preparation from René Wagner’s Garage Fast Line.

The SWB’s unanimous acclaim was sealed with a feature article in the August 2011 issue of Cavallino magazine, a pinnacle of recognition by any measure.

Sometimes cars are described for sales purposes as “race-ready”; most of the time this is not the case, but not with this car. The only thing that may be required would be adjustments for personal driving preferences.

It is a well-documented and thoroughly exceptional iteration of one of the marque’s most prized berlinettas that should prove irresistible to any serious Ferrari collector, promising thrilling performance and future exhibition acclaim.

Steve Ahlgrim

Steve Ahlgrim - SCM Contributing Editor

Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.

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