Form & Function

The 250 GT SWB Berlinetta was designed by Pininfarina, was built in collaboration with Scaglietti, and debuted at the Paris Salon in October 1959. Ferrari built 2 variations of the 250 SWB: Competizione for those who wanted to race, and Lusso (Luxe), for those who wanted a street-style model. The main differences between the two were that the street form had a steel body and a milder engine, while the competition version had an aluminum body paired with a more potent V-12 engine. Having said that, the full-blown competition body could double up as a road car, and the heavier, steel-bodied Lusso could still manage a fearsome competition on the race circuit. You can imagine how confusion might arise regarding these two, but there was no confusion regarding its beauty. The 250 GT SWB was immediately well received, became a mighty performer, and was widely popular.

PERFORMANCE APLENTY

Ferrari 250 GT SWB

Photo by RM Sotheby’s

The SWB was hugely successful, collecting wins in the GT class and frequently hot competition for overall race wins. The reduced wheelbase, low weight, compact shape, magnificent handling and powerful engine created an agile and aggressive machine. The SWB dominated the Tour de France and Le Mans and achieved many victories.

UNDERSTATED APPEARANCE

Ferrari 250 GT SWB

It not only earned an impressive reputation based on performance alone, the simple, minimalist, uncluttered lines of the 250 GT SWB make it a timeless, classic and handsome machine. The face of the car is perfection in its simple lines and the gentle sweeping curve of the fenders, the proportions are tidy, and the roofline highlights the lo-slung, aerodynamic stance. There is no unnecessary styling, it’s a perennial favorite, and for many, it’s their most-loved Ferrari.

METICULOUSNESS AS A MOTTO

Ferrari 250 GT SWB

CMC Model Cars crafted this brilliant miniaturized rendition from more than 1,100 single parts. The car is elegant with perfectly finished chrome finishing around the windows and headlights, bumpers, and grille. The wheels feature branded Michelin treaded rubber tires and are faithful replicas of the original. The trunk is carpeted and outfitted with a spare tire, and the hinged hood stays propped open with a telescopic arm—all the better for taking in the myriad of details within the engine bay. The undercarriage shines with complexity, featuring all the lines, piping, and copper wires. And last but not  least, the interior boasts leather upholstery, carpeting, a wood imitation steering wheel, and a complete dashboard with individual, high definition dials, switches, and toggles. Check it out here.

The Ferrari 250 GT SWB is a fine coupling of performance and style. Which is your favorite Ferrari?

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