In a era (1950’s) when Ferrari had established its dominance in sports car racing on a global scale, Enzo Ferrari was determine to keep the prancing horse at the top for the next decade. The Ferrari 250 GT long-wheelbase Berlinetta was regarded as the finest dual-purpose GT car money could buy. It was versatile enough to be driven on public roads to an event, raced in anger to victory, and driven back home all in the same day.
In 1959 Ferrari introduced the newest competition-ready Berlinetta which took the place of the ageing LWB. Although the bodywork remain similar to the previous model, the all new chassis had a wheelbase 200 mm shorter.
Chassis number 1953 GT will be auction off by RM Auctions on Saturday, May 23 at their Villa Erba estate. At this stage no information is available regarding reserve price.
With aluminium coachwork hand-crafted by Scaglietti, finished in Grigio Scuro (13420 M) with a Rosso leather interior, according to factory records. Chassis number 1953 GT , is one of forty-five examples bodied in aluminium that year. The engine is a 2.9L SOHC Colombo V12 engine sporting triple Weber carburettors and producing 280 bhp.
The history of this Ferrari 250 GT is well documented and is also supplied with two engines. A spare race-prepared Tipo 168U engine (number 5221 GT), as well as the proper competition-spec engine number 2025 GT (currently fitted) along with a competition ribbed gearbox (number 73) from chassis 2347 GT.
The spare race-prepared Tipo 168U engine received a full rebuilt and prepared for competition by renowned historic specialists at Pearsons Engineering, in 2011.
As one of forty-five competition-ready, alloy-body examples, the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione was built to race. Chassis number 1953 GT is presented in race-prepared condition, and it would be ideal for any European driving events, such as the Tour Auto or Le Mans Classic.