The 250 GT Short-Wheelbase Berlinetta (SWB) is a great dual-purpose gran turismo and the logical evolution of the long-wheelbase Berlinetta, popularly known as the “TdF” because of its four consecutive wins in the Tour de France from 1956 to 1959. The SWB was even more successful than its predecessor, posting class wins at Le Mans in 1960 and 1961, TdF wins from 1960 through 1962, and Goodwood Tourist Trophy victories for Stirling Moss in 1960 and 1961 – where Moss lapped the entire field.
The Pininfarina-designed body, constructed by Scaglietti, excels in all aspects and is executed with a restraint and purity that resists unnecessary trim or scoops. First sold on April 21, 1962, this particular steel-bodied street SWB was originally green with a black “Lusso” interior. By 1972 the seventh owner had it fully restored, changing the color to the popular Ferrari racing red or Rosso Corsa. He enjoyed the car for the next 13 years before Sportgarage Graber in Wichtrach, Switzerland reworked it for the eighth owner in 1987.
An Italian enthusiast purchased s/n 3401 in 1987 and completely restored it again in 1992. Five years later, owner number 11 had the car homologated with its original engine, and the FIA issued it certificate no. 1538. The original 240-hp engine, 3401, was removed and a race-prepared engine from a 250 2+2 installed for vintage events. The SWB was then raced for three years before the original engine was reinstalled and the car was sold to the Bruce McCaw collection.
At RM’s 2007 auction in Maranello, Italy, s/n 3401 sold again, this time for $2,542,500. It was later acquired by Ferrari collector and British radio celebrity Chris Evans, who had the renowned Ferrari experts at DK Engineering restore it yet again at a cost of over $300,000. At this point its colors were changed to the present white with a light blue leather interior – a combination Evans used on five of his other high-end Ferraris.
Shortly thereafter, s/n 3401 earned Ferrari Classiche Certification (after some “incorrect” chassis tubes were replaced), and the car is now is eligible for every important motoring event, and will outperform nearly everything in its class at the hands of a skilled driver. Sensational looks coupled with unsurpassed driving dynamics and well-proven investment potential makes this SWB Berlinetta one of those rare opportunities to acquire a car worthy of both driving and investment.