Although the Ferrari 250 GTO will likely remain the world’s most valuable automobile for decades to come, other members of the 250 family are also extremely valuable, none more so than the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta by Scaglietti.
The model enjoyed its world premiere at the Paris Salon in 1959 and replaced the LWB Tour de France in Ferrari’s line-up. Visually, the GT SWB Berlinetta doesn’t look all that different to its predecessor but under the skin, its wheelbase is 200 mm shorter and enabled the model to become one of the most successful racing cars in Ferrari history, claiming 250 class and overall victories.
The model in question is chassis number 2639 GT and was built in 1961 as a street version. It was sold new to an owner in Genoa, Italy but shortly after, was exported to the United States where it resided for years in California and Texas. In the 1980s, it returned to Europe but was ultimately acquired by the current seller in 2011 and welcomed back to the U.S.
Having undergone a comprehensive restoration, it has one Best of Show at Concorso Italiano and received Patinum Awards at the Ferrari Club of America International and the XXV Cavallino Classic Concours d’Elegance.
RM Sotheby’s will auction off the model during its Amelia Island event on 10-11 March 2017 and expects it to sell for around $9.5 million.