Morning Symphony: 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB at Circuit Paul Ricard


Morning Symphony: 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB at Circuit Paul Ricard

One of 176, disc brakes for the first time on a Ferrari, a 3.0L V-12 that pulled for days, a suspension that was a dream in 1961…it might not be a 250 GTO, but the 250 GT Berlinetta short wheelbase variation was a hell of a car on it’s own merit. It earned Ferrari a GT-class Constructor’s Championship in 1961. And just look at it…we’re not supercar people, but we can tell you what “pretty” looks like and this car is the photograph next to the definition. And we mean that with the racing number “meatballs” all over the car, brake dust all over the Borrani wire wheels, and the elements of roll cage plainly visible through the glass. If anything, that’s what seals the deal for us: this eye-wateringly expensive bit of thoroughbred Italian stallion is getting used and not just in a “oh, look at me, vintage class!” kind of used, either. This thing is getting worked out!

At auctions, the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB is still a multi-million dollar affair. It’s the grandfather to the 250 GTO and the object of lust for many a Ferrarista who want a prime piece of Enzo’s legacy intact and in their garage. Here’s hoping this machine continues to do what Enzo himself would prefer: ripping up tracks at the hands of a driver who had the skill to actually wrangle a Ferrari around!


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