Bested by the race-specific Ferrari 250
Testa Rossas at Le Mans in 1960 and
’ 61, the 250 GT SWB came into its own
on twistier tracks and long-distance,
open-road races, where a more nimble,
user-friendly machine was an asset.
Rob Walker-entered Stirling Moss
gave the SWB its first major win in the
1960 Tourist Trophy held at Goodwood,
England, then followed it up with victory
in the Redex Trophy at Brands Hatch.
A podium sweep in the grueling,
3,000-mile plus Tour de France followed,
with wins in the Paris 1,000km on the
partially banked Montlhery track and at
Nassau Speed Week merely confirming
the 250 GT SWB’s credentials.
The brain trust behind the SWB
reads like a who’s who of Ferrari design
greats, with Giotto Bizzarrini and Carlo
Chiti ably assisted by a rising star
named Mauro Forghieri. The young
Forghieri would succeed Chiti as chief
designer of Ferrari’s racecars in 1962,
penning such classic Formula 1 cars as
the 158 and the 312T family of 1970s
Configuration front-engine, rear-wheel drive,
Body/frame Aluminum body over Tipo 539
steel tube chassis
Engine Ferrari Tipo 168B; aluminum block
3-liter, 60-degree V12 w/ single overhead
camshaft and two valves per cylinder
Power/torque 280hp 7,000rpm;
Transmission Ferrari 4-speed manual
Brakes Discs front and rear
Suspension Front: double wishbones; Rear: live
axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs
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A total of 176 Ferrari 250 GT SWBs were
built, in both steel and aluminum bodies.
Recent auction prices have touched on
$10m, but that pales in comparison with
the $28.5m paid in February for a
250 GT Spyder California SWB “barn find.”
A LIFE BEYOND LE MANS 1961 FERRARI 250 GT SWB
(MAIN and BELOW) Under the hood of the
250 GT SWB beats a 3-liter Tipo 168B.
(BOTTOM) Interior confirms Ferrari’s drive it/
race it ethos – and this is the SEFAC version!