One of the most important GTs of its time
This stunning Ferrari 250 GT SWB, is one of only 40 steel body SWB Berlinettas built in the final production run during 1962, exhibiting the desirable aesthetic distinctions of the late-production cars. A model only made available to Ferrari’s top clients in period, the SWB was the predecessor to the legendary 250 GTO as one of the ultimate high-speed Gran Turismo cars which could be driven to the track, win a race, and then driven home. This particular car was sold new to Giuseppe Chiusolo of Naples, Italy, finished in stunning Grigio Argento over Red Connolly Vaumol leather and equipped with the latest Tipo 168/61 V12 engine, Abarth exhaust, and Borrani wire wheels.
The Ferrari passed through a handful of additional Italian owners before eventually landing with Mike Fisher of the UK in the early 1970s, making its way to the U.S. later that decade, where it competed in a handful of historic racing events. Fast forward to the 1990s and the car returned to Europe, where it participated in five editions of the Tour Auto. In 2010, the Ferrari was acquired by noted Swiss collector Jean-Pierre Slavic, who commissioned its complete restoration, overseen by Ferrari Classiche and carried out by the experts at Carrozzeria Autosport of Modena, and Autofficina Bonini of Cadelbosco, an official Ferrari service agent.
Following restoration, chassis no. 3359 GT received the lauded Ferrari Classiche Certification, complete with the coveted Red Book, attesting to the car’s authenticity. In 2012, it was invited to the exclusive Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, where it received the Mention of Honour award in the competitive Ferrari 250 Dynasty Class.
RM Sotheby's will be offering this special 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta at their upcoming Monterey auction held between the 15-17th August. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos: Patrick Ernzen ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's.