Ferrari 250GT SWB re-creation leads collector cars at $381,000



2015-06-26 13:11:13

Ferrari 250GT SWB re-creation leads collector cars at $381,000

A re-creation 1968 Ferrari 365/250GT SWB was one of two such re-creations to auction in Oxford

A re-creation Ferrari 365/250GT SWB has seen strong bids as part of Bonhams' Collector's Motor Cars auction, held in Oxford, UKon March 2.

Ferrari 250GT SWB recreation Re-creations such as this Ferrari offer the chance to own the world's most desirable cars at a fraction of the normal cost

The car is designed to look like the highly desirable (and highlypriced) Ferrari 250GT SWB, though was made using parts from an existing Ferrari 365GT over a 20 year period. It sold for an impressive 253,500 ($381,000).

In 2011, a genuine 250GT SWB sold for 3.1m ($5m).

The Ferrari 250GT SWB is considered by many collectors to be one of the most beautiful cars of all time and, in order to have one in his garage, the consignor decided to have his 365GT 2+2 converted. Completely dismantling the 365GT, the chassis was shortened while the coachwork was sent to a sheet-metal worker,who was once employed by master coachbuilder Giovanni Giordanengo of Cuneo.

Mechanically, the car is still a 365GT, boasting a 4.-litre V12 engine, five-speed gearbox and ventilated disc brakes.

Following the 365/250GT was a 1939 BMW 328 Roadsterre-reation, which brought 135,900 ($204,341). Only 200 genuine examples of the car are known to exist today, with the model at auction originally believed to be one of them.

However, the discovery of another example with the same chassis number means that this example must be a re-creation, albeit a very convincing one. After a full restoration, the car presented a fantastic opportunity to own a BMW 328 at a fraction of the cost of a genuine example.

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