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August 13, 2022

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Racecar – A Winner!

by Mike –

The Ferrari 250 GT SWB was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in October 1959. SWB stands for short wheel base, the wheel base being 94.5 inches.

Ferrari 250 GT SWB

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB

This racecar was developed under the technical guidance of Giotto Bizzarrini who then moved on to develop the 250 GTO before he left Ferrari.

It was Ferrari’s goal to win the GT Constructors Championship in 1961 and the 250 GT SWB did just that. The car shown here was a key part of that great racing year for Ferrari. This is chassis number 2689 now owned by Bruce Meyer.

Ferrari 250 GT SWB

This special racecar is one of only five ultra lightweight  250 GT SWB Berlinettas made especially for the 1961 24 Hours of Le Mans. They were constructed by Scaglietti.

This car has one of the best, if not the best, race records of any other 250 GT SWB:

* First in class – 1961 Le Mans

* First overall – 1961 Monza

* First in class – 1961 1000Km Montlhery

* First overall – 1962 Coupe de Bruxelles

* Second overall – 1962 500Km Spa

* Second in class – 1962 1000Km Nuerburgring

Ferrari 250 GT SWB

This race car was built on an ultra lightweight chassis combined with a lightened alloy body. It also had a beefed up V12 engine with 46 DCF Weber carburetors producing 285 hp and a top speed in excess of 160 MPH on the Mulsane Straight at Le Mans.

With number like that it is clear why this car was a champion.

Ferrari 250 GT SWB

The 250 GT SWB sits next to one of its stable mates, John von Neumann’s Ferrari Testa Rossa TRC.

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Ferrari 250 GT SWB

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  1. What a beautiful car with so much of Ferrari’s glory attached to it. I might have to stop reading your irresistible blog–it’s almost more than I can endure!

  2. Thank you Stephen, but please keep reading. And share with your car loving friends.

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