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February 25, 2024

1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale At Auction In Monterey

by Mike –

This beautiful Ferrari 250 GT Bertone is a real eye catcher.

Ferrari Bertone

Ferrari 250 GT Bertone

This 1962 Ferrari is a one off Bertone design styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro in 1961.

It is easy to spot the styling cues of Giugiaro. The hood scoop, for example, is similar to the hood scoop on the Iso Rivolta GT, also styled by Giugiaro.

The picture below shows a very young, and tall, Giugiaro standing next to the wooden buck of this Ferrari 250 GT.

Ferrari Bertone Body Buck

Ferrari 250 GT Bertone Body Buck and Giugiaro

I found this picture in Iso Rivolta The Men, The Machines by Winston Goodfellow while I was reading about a completely different subject.

I love a good coincidence.

Iso Rivolta GT Hood Scoop

Iso Rivolta GT Hood Scoop

Ferrari 250 GT Bertone Hood Scoop

Ferrari 250 GT Bertone Hood Scoop

Notice other similarities in addition to the scoop: the pointy nose, the single headlight with an “eye lid” and the park lights on top of the bumper.

This very Ferrari is coming up for auction next week in Pebble Beach at the Gooding auction.

The estimate is $14,000,000 – $16,000,000 USD.

One could buy the one and only Iso Rivolta GT Prototype right here on My Car Quest for a lot less than the auction estimate of this Ferrari. Both are one-of-a-kind design masterpieces by the greatest car designer of all time.

Gooding says,

One of the Most Beloved and Recognizable Coachbuilt Ferraris
Giugiaro Design Inspired by Ferrari’s Legendary Sharknose Racing Cars
Nuccio Bertone’s Personal Car; Displayed at Geneva and Torino Auto Shows
The Centerpiece of the Lorenzo Zambrano Collection for Three Decades
Best of Show Winner at Leading International Concours
Complete with Books, Tools, Massini Report, and Ferrari Classiche Certification

2,953 CC SOHC Tipo 168/61 V-12 Engine
Three Weber 40 DCZ6 Carburetors
240 HP at 7,000 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

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1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale At Auction In Monterey
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1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale At Auction In Monterey
The beautiful Ferrari 250 GT Bertone has more than a passing resemblance to the Iso Rivolta GT.


  1. The Ferrari is a thing of beauty, however it always amazes me that the Grifo is not selling for double it’s current market value on a relative basis. I had the opportunity to own a ’73 years ago and it was my favorite car I have ever owned. Next time the economy gets bad I plan on buying another series II Grifo if prices pull back 20%.

  2. bruce caron says

    I read that Bertone wanted a Ferrari but wouldn’t drive one designed by Pininfarina so he had Giugiaro design one for him.
    The paint is dark blue non metalic. Beautiful car, even more so in person.

  3. Thanks for the very interesting pic of the buck; it demonstrates how these one-offs were built. I brokered this car to Zambrano the first time he bought it, and it (and the other Bertone SWB) remain great favorites of mine.

    I hope Bob is right. There are several cars I would still like to try if I could afford them!

  4. One of my favorites. Even though the car remained a one off Giugiaro made good use of the design. As noted the hood scoop was used on the Rivolta GT and the twin nostril design for the Grifo.

    How big are those headlights 7″ ? they look larger. Notice how the rings are in the wooden buck.

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