Ferrari 250

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Ferrari 250 is a sports car manufactured by Ferrari between the years 1953 and 1964. Notable sales

A 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa prototype sold for $16.39m at a Gooding & Company auction in Pebble Beach, US on August 20, 2011, making it the most expensive Ferrari ever sold at auction.

In 2008, RM Auctions sold a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Ferrari for €7,040,000.

The auction house offered another Ferrari 250 in 2009 - a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, which sold for €9,020,000.

Gooding & Co set a world record for the auction of a Ferrari 250 LWB California Spider Competizione in August 2010, when a 1959 model realised $7,260,000.

In October 2013 a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO was sold in a private sale for $52 million, making it the world's most expensive car.

250 GT SWB

The Ferrari 250 GT SWB was manufactured between 1959 and 1962 and was designed by Pininfarina, an Italian car design firm.

The model’s official debut was at the 1959 Paris Auto Show. SWB referred to its “short wheelbase” of 94.5 inches, some 7.8 inches shorter than its predecessor Ferrari 250 GT models. This decrease was meant to improve handling and cornering speeds.

Several factory-sanctioned non-Pininfaria SWBs were produced by Carrozzeria Bertone, Pininfarina’s sole rival in terms of size and prestige as the 1960s began. The first (chassis 1739 GT) was presented at 1960’s Turin Show and had attractive but conventional styling. The second (3269 GT) appeared at 1962’s Geneva Motor Show, its “split-nostril” front end derived from Ferrari’s fastest race cars of the period.

As the 1960s progressed, it became more difficult for a road car to compete with racing cars. From this time forth, Ferrari’s road and racing models evolved along different paths with the 250 GT SWB marking the end of an era for dual-purpose sports cars.

Standard road versions of the model had a steel body and a detuned Columbo V12 engine whilst the competition models featured an alloy body and a smaller frame than the standard road version. This made the 250 GTO SWB a “dual-purpose” car, meaning it could be used for racing or standard road use.

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