Ferrari 250 GT (1+1a-1i) 💪❤️💪
(1961, Ferrari 250 GT SWB “TdF” (Recreation. Owned by The Strojer Collection, Denmark) ... The short story – extracts: Ferrari sports racing cars of the 1950s and 1960s are by many car enthusiasts considered as being among the most desirable, beautiful, and valuable cars ever ... and they are now so valuable that they often are rarely used, depriving the public and their owners of the joy of experiencing them. Consequently, high-quality reconfigurations/recreations/replicas, using Ferrari mechanical components and faithfully recreating the construction of the original cars, have garnered the interest of Ferrari enthusiasts and collectors seeking the experience of some of the most significant cars ever constructed without the multi-million dollar price tags (but the recreation cars are still definitely not cheap though 😉)
The Ferrari 250 GT SWB is one of these very desirable and iconic vintage Ferraris, representing one of the last competition-oriented cars that could also be used on the street.
In 1959, Ferrari began to implement changes to its highly successful 250 GT Berlinetta “Tour de France”, named after the classic French road rally due to its massive amount of wins in it. Presaging a general shift that the 250 GT model line was about to take, the competition berlinettas received new bodywork designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti. Doing away with the TdF’s finned rear fenders and vented sail panels, the new berlinetta featured fenders integrated into the body, a short front overhang emphasized by a sloping windscreen, and a glass-heavy fastback tail with small quarter-panel panes behind the doors. Seven examples were so bodied before a more permanent change was undertaken (later named “Interim Berlinettas”).
At the Paris Salon in October 1959, Ferrari revealed a new 250 GT berlinetta riding a shorter wheelbase (SWB) that shaved 200 millimeters from the long-running 2,600-millimeter wheelbase, and it had disc brakes for the first time on a Ferrari, as well as it was powered by Ferrari’s venerable 3 liter V12 producing nearly 300hp in competition tune 💪)