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Sunday, September 4, 2022

One of the most impressive Italian sports cars ever

~Rare ONE~ One more thing for a collector, a car is not just a car, but like a work of art. That's also what makes some cars have crazy prices even though they are old. One of these cars is the 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale. No wonder, if the normal version's price can already make your head tilt down, especially the price of this special car. How come? Because this is a car that was built and owned by Giuseppe 'Nuccio' Bertone even Enzo Ferrari him-self was so impressed by the car.
The beautiful sharknosed Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale is designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro for the personal use of Nuccio Bertone. (Picture from: SportsCarMarket)
Even though it is more than half a century old, the figure of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale never lost its charm at all. Moreover, this car is estimated to be one of the few most important Ferrari 250 GT SWB models in the world. This car itself was one of Carrozzerria Bertone's design works which could be said one of the most phenomenal models while was exhibited at auto shows in Geneva and Torino back in 1962.
The beautiful sharknosed Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale with chassis number of 3269GT is a world-class Ferrari model ever made that possesses every special quality sought after by discerning car collectors. (Picture from: Mobil123)
Then how is the story of the car? As quote of Wikipedia, Nuccio Bertone took over Gruppo Bertone from his father, Giovanni after World War II, growing the small business to a car building and designing powerhouse.
The Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale has an amazing made interior with the seats are burgundy leather, quilted black vinyl on the transmission tunnel and foot wells, and the metal dash is painted to match the body color. (Picture from: TopSpeed)
This unique Ferrari was one of the first cars designed by renowned stylist, Giorgetto Giugiaro, while he working for Nuccio Bertone. In early 1962, Nuccio Bertone purchased a complete 250 GT SWB chassis from Maranello's car breeder and laid out his vision of a spectacular new Ferrari model that later would be used as his personal rides. Well, then he commissioned a young designer named Giorgetto Giugiaro who joined coachbuilder in 1959 to realize his vision.
The Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale coupe is powered by a 2,953 cc V12 engine with 240 hp along with a 4-speed manual gearbox, three Weber carburetors, and vacuum-assisted disc brakes. (Picture from: RobbReport)
Even though Giorgetto Giugiaro was only 23 years old at the time, he had designed some amazing cars, such as the Aston Martin DB4GT Jet and the one-off Maserati 5000 GT Bertone which clearly showcased his extraordinary abilities, later made him become one of the most talented and influential designers of the postwar era. In short, both then teamed up to create one of the most beautiful designs of Maranello automaker all time. And  reportedly this beautiful sharknosed car inspired by the 1961 F1 World Championship's winner racing car, the Ferrari 156 Dino F1 'Sharknose'.
The beautiful sharknosed Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale by Bertone inspired by the 1961 F1 World Championship's winner racing car, the Ferrari 156 Dino F1. (Picture from: CollierAutomedia)
During this time, one of the most extraordinary Ferrari had became the crown jewel in one of the most impressive private collections of post-war Italian sports cars ever assembled. Many leading Ferrari experts have expressed their admiration for this striking SWB design, and also many top collectors have sought to acquire it, but it has remained elusive, jealously guarded by its passionate long-term owner and utterly unwilling to let it go for more than 30 years.
The Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale was also known as the first Ferrari GT car to have disc brakes. (Picture from: RobbReport)
So it can't be denied anymore, this one-of-a-kind 250 GT SWB, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro for the personal use of Nuccio Bertone, one of the most successful and the most influential Italian coachbuilders, so the Ferrari 250 GT SWB with chassis number of 3269GT is a world-class Ferrari model ever made that possesses every special quality sought after by discerning car collectors.
So what's the current price? Don't be surprised if its current price is definitely above US$ 16.5 millions, because that's the price tag for the car when sold at the Peeble Beach Auctions 2015 held by Gooding & Co. WOW!! *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | WIKIPEDIA | SPORTSCARMARKET | TOPSPEED | GOODING&CO | ROBBREPORT ]
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