There’s a saying in the world of cars – road cars are almost as bad at being race cars as races cars are at being road cars. What we have is one striking Ferrari that is an exception to this rule because it did both, and did it beautifully.
This Ferrari 250 could take on any circuit and battle it out for a win with just a few minor touch ups like colder spark plugs, racing tyres and a roll bar.
Giotto Bizzarrini, Carlo Chiti, and Mauro Forghieri were the brains behind the design and development of the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta.
Considered one of the most important GT racers of its time, unveiled in Paris in October 1959, the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB used a short wheelbase for better handling; making it the ideal road racer and quickly started selling and racing.
The SWB Berlinetta won Ferrari the GT class of the 1961 Constructor’s Championship.
Disc brakes were a first on Ferrari GT, and the combination of low weight, high power, and well-sorted suspension made it competitive.
In 2004, Sports Car International placed the 250 GT SWB seventh on a list of top sports cars of 1960, and Motor Trends Classic placed it fifth on a list of the ten “Greatest Ferraris of all time”.
Car facts for Ferarri 250 GT SWB Berlinetta
- 2-door coupe body type
- RWD (rear-wheel drive), manual 4 speed gearbox
- Petrol (gasoline) engine with displacement: 2953 cm3 / 179.3 cui, advertised power: 206 kW / 280 PS (max), Torque net: 275 Nm / 203 lb-ft
- Characteristic dimensions: outside length 4150 mm / 163.4 in, wheelbase: 2400 mm / 94.5 in
- Reference weights: estimated curb weight: 1100kg /2420 lbs
- How fast is this car? Top speed 268 km/h
- Accelerations: 0-60 mph 5.7 s; 0-100 km/h 6 s
- Fuel consumption and mileage: average estimated by a-c: 16.8 /100km / 16.8 mpg (imp)