The 1959 Ferrari 250 GT, also referred to as the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, was definitely among the best driver’s car of its generation, both suitable for road and track. This Ferrari model was the last car to be good on track and road simultaneously, and since then, racing started taking its own path. Nowadays, the Formula One industry is trying to connect back with road cars, in an attempt to use the discoveries and improvements made while working on race models, on the development of road cars -which was initially the case. The 1959 Ferrari 250 GT emerged from a need to improve cornering agility, following a loss of competitiveness in motor racing with the Tour de France model. The wheelbase was therefore shortened in an attempt to improve the racing performance, and the Pininfarina design became more muscular. The SOHC V12 engine was heavily revised and the new unit generated 280 hp at 7,000 rpm, which was the most powerful application to date.
Interestingly, most of the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT, of which 165 examples were made, received steel bodywork. However, 75 units were built on an aluminum body produced by Scaglietti in order to further enhance the track performance. The first Ferrari to employ disc brakes, the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT was also very well balanced and improved track performances significantly. With all its versatile qualities, the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta is a very attractive classic Ferrari for collectors and vintage racers. The Beverly Hills Car Club team has an extensive knowledge of those models and would love to share their many tips about buying such as example. For one, be sure to have the car thoroughly inspected by an expert and find out its special story from the previous owners. A well-documented example will retain a lot more value down the road.
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