Last Ferrari 250GT SWB Berlinetta set for Artcurial Retromobile sale

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2015-08-04 10:23:34

The very last Ferrari 250GT SWB Berlinetta ever built will cross the auction block in Paris next year, as part of the Artcurial Motorcars’ Retromobile sale.

Described by racing legend Stirling Moss as “the greatest Ferrari road car – perhaps the greatest road car of any make”, the 250GT SWB Berlinetta is expected to sell for more than €9 million.

"The Ferrari 250 SWB is without a doubt the most beautiful berlinetta of the 20th century of any marque," said Matthieu Lamoure, Managing Director of Artcurial Motorcars. "Along with the Ferrari 250 GTO and the California Spider, it represents the marque’s Holy Grail. One only needs to walk around the car to appreciate – from any angle - the perfectly balanced design by Pininfarina."

Just 103 examples were ever produced by the Italian manufacturer, with this example – chassis #4065 – being the last example to roll out of the factory in 1963. Built as left-hand drive, the car was destined to the American market and spent 26 years in the US before returning to Europe in 1989.

It was acquired by the renowned Swiss collector Antoine Midy, and kept alongside a number of other historic Ferraris including a California Spider, a 121 LM and a 212 Barchetta. The car remained in Midy's family following his death in 2007, and is now set to hit the market publically for the first time in 30 years.

Artcurial will be looking to follow the success of this year's Retromobile sale, which saw the French auction house achieve a total of €52 million - making it the largest collectors’ car sale ever held in continental Europe.

The Artcurial Motorcars’ Retromobile sale takes place in Paris on Friday February 5, 2016.

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