Saturday, April 2, 2016

Ferrari 250SWB/Drogo at the 2012 Goodwood Revival

Hugenholtz and Sullivan racing the 1961 Ferrari 250GT/Comp.61 Drogo in the 2012 Tourist Trophy at Goodwood

Ferrari 250 SWB

a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT short-wheelbase (SWB) Berlinetta (chassis 1995 GT – one just 167), sold for $7,392,000
One of the most important GT racers of its time, the 1959 250 GT Berlinetta SWB used a short wheelbase for better handling. Of the 176 examples built, both steel and aluminum bodies were used in various road ("lusso") and racing trims. Engine output ranged from 240 - 280 hp. 

Development of the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta was handled by Giotto Bizzarrini, Carlo Chiti, and Mauro Forghieri, the same team that later produced the 250 GTO. Disc brakes were a first in a Ferrari GT, and the combination of low weight, high power, and well-sorted suspension made it a competitive offering. It was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October and quickly began selling and racing. 

The ultimate development of the all conquering Ferrari 250 SWB was introduced in 1961 - the SEFAC "hot rods" - about 8 to 20 in total were modified to varying degrees for special customers - with upgraded engines, suspension and further lightening measures. The SWB Berlinetta claimed GT class of the Constructor's Championship for Ferrari in 1961.