As per RM Sotheby’s, who hopes to fetch $9.5 million at auction on this road-going “Lusso” variant, the 250 GT SWB is “one of the most successful racing Berlinettas in Ferrari history.” Motorsport accolades include nearly 250 wins, of which the most relevant are a couple of 24 Hours of Le Mans class wins and two overall wins in the grueling but exciting Tour de France.
Chassis 2639 was completed in Maranello in 1961, and boasts a handful of race-ready features that include the steel body with aluminum hood and deck lid, roll-up windows, fender vents, and roof vents. Originally sold to a certain Marion Dall’Orso of Genoa, Italy, the Prancing Horse eventually found its way to the U.S. On American ground, the Fezza spent most of its time in California and Texas. In the 1980s, it made the trip back to Europe. As for the current owner, RM Sotheby's tells that he acquired the red-painted exotica in 2011.
Following a comprehensive restoration completed in 2015, this example of the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB breed is looking for a new owner to cherish its drop-dead gorgeous body and the Colombo Tipo 125 3.0-liter V12 tower-of-power. Connected to a good old manual transmission (no gated shifter, sorry), the three-carb engine is good for at least 240 PS (237 horsepower).