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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

3 legendaries of the Ferrari 250 GT racing car built by Piero Drogo

Talking about classic cars that are made in limited numbers and have historical value, of course, these classic cars are of high-value today. Like the following classic cars. Well, this time we will talk about the 3 legendaries of the Ferrari 250 GT racing car after the bodywork received the touch of Piero Drogo's magic hand.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Drogo with chassis number #2503GT and racing livery #59 while running at the 1000km Nuerburgring of 1963. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/334nmfl)
As a true automotive enthusiast, of course, you already know the figure of Piero Drogo. He is an Italian gentleman who is known to be the owner and founder of a Modena-based coachbuilder company called Drogo Carrozzeria Sports Cars. Especially for the manufacture of the following legendary Ferrari 250 GT racing cars, it is also inseparable from the magical touch of other automotive maestros such as Carlo Chiti and Giotto Bizzarrini.

1. Ferrari 250 GTO Drogo
As quoted from Carscoops, one unit of the Ferrari 250 GTO Drogo has been sold for €799,960 or approximately Rp. 13.17 billion in an auction event in Germany in 2015, after the car was restored while maintaining the Ferrari's typical shape and design. Unfortunately, there's no information that has been mentioned about the condition of the car's interior and who is the new owner of this Ferrari 250 GT Drogo.
1961 Ferrari 250 GTO Drogo known as one of the most expensive classic racing cars. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/36Z5gN1)
As the name implies, the Ferrari 250 GTO Drogo is a special edition that has been modified by Piero Drogo. This classic car apparently did not use the original chassis but was replaced with a Ferrari 250 Testa Rosa which proved to be reliable in racing at that time. No wonder this car was recorded to have won many racing events in its heydays.
Even though it was made with a unique design, it was actually very aerodynamic for the vehicles of the day. Then the driving force of the Ferrari 250 GTO Drogo comes from a V12 engine with a capacity of 3,000 cc by using six Weber carburetors and combined with a four-speed manual transmission system that can bring it to run fast up to 270 kph.

2. Ferrari 250 GT SWB Drogo
Furthermore, the racing car that also carries the big name Ferrari 250 GT, but appears in a more special form is the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Drogo using Ferrari's distinctive red paint called Rosso Corsa with a combination of chrome material on several parts. As quoted from Coachbuild, a racing car in a unique shape like this was first used by Count Volpi's Scuderia Serenissima Republica di Venice, then followed by the Garage Francorchamps team.
The front fascia of the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Drogo with racing livery #59 while running at the 1000km Nuerburgring of 1963. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/334nmfl)
The car's special appearance was obtained because this Ferrari was also skinned by Piero Drogo in 1961 on the bone of Bizzarrini's first prototype for the 250 GTO with chassis number #2503GT. 
The left side view of the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Drogo with racing livery #44 while running at the 500km de Spa of 1963. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/334nmfl)
After the GTO prototype-based Ferrari 250 GT SWB was completed, it was called 'Anastasia' (derogatory expression for ugly women in Modena jargon). It is known that this car was later used in various racing events starting in 1962 with a series of quite classy achievements.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Drogo with racing livery #28 got a really bad accident while running at the 500km de Spa of 1964 and destroyed. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/334nmfl)
But unfortunately, this racing car had an accident while racing at the 1000km Nuerburgring event in 1962. After that this car was rebuilt by Drogo Carrozzeria Sports Cars. When it was finished, the car returned to racing, and again bad luck continued to afflict the 250 GT SWB Drogo racing car, at the 500km de Spa event, and again it had an accident and was badly damaged. Since then the car has never been rebuilt.šŸ˜¢

3. Ferrari 250 GT SWB 'Breadvan' Drogo
The next car is Ferrari 250 GT SWB 'Breadvan' Drogo. This car was built in 1962 based on the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB with chassis number #2819GT. This oddly shaped car was made to fight with the newer 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and other FIA GT racing events under commissioned of Count Giovanni Volpi for his Scuderia Serenissima team.
1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB 'Breadvan' built by Drogo Carrozzeria Sports Cars based on the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB, and utilizing the aerodynamics theory of Dr.Kamm at the rear that resembles breadvan. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2IZyoLB)
The bodywork was done by his Modena-based Drogo Carrozzeria Sports Cars along with his old friend of Giorgio Neri and Luciano Bonacini, also known as Nembo, utilizing Kamm tail at the rear according to the aerodynamics theory developed by Wunibald Kamm in the 1930s. While, the 'Breadvan' term was first used by the English press who probably were not very optimistic about the car's strange appearance with its very low pointed nose, long flat roofline, and square rear end.
Even today, chassis #2819 is still referred to as the 'Breadvan'. In fact, this car is able to make brilliant achievements in various FIA GT racing events. While the French preferred to call this car 'la Camionette' (means 'van' in English). *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | COACHBUILD.COM | BARCHETTA.CC | CARSCOOPS ]
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