1961 FERRARI 250 GT SWB BERLINETTA

ARTCURIAL MOTORCARS                   LE MANS Classic 2016, Circuit des 24 Heures

Sale Date:

Saturday July 9th 2016
14h00

 

THE EX-PARIS MOTOR SHOW

1961 FERRARI 250 GT SWB BERLINETTA

IN SAME OWNERSHIP FOR 47 YEARS

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Paris – Artcurial Motorcars is also known for consigning important cars that are new to the market, a key feature of the star car in the next sale at Le Mans Classic on 9 July 2016: the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta #2917GT.

 

Artcurial Motorcars has raised its international profile in recent years by offering some of the world’s rarest and most valuable  cars  at  auction. The  top  ten  most  expensive  cars ever  to  sell  at  auction  include two  cars  from  each  of  Artcurial Motorcars’ last two Retromobile sales: the ex-Bardinon 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti that sold on 5 February 2016 for 32.1M€ / 35.7M$ – a world record price (in €and £) for a car sold at auction – and the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider from the Baillon Collection that fetched €16.3M / 18.5M on 6 February 2015.

 

COLLECTORS’ HISTORY

The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta #2917GT has been in the hands of the present owner some 47 years, and has had just five owners from new.

This remarkable car was displayed new at the 1961 Paris Motor Show, presented in a light blue Azzuro. The first owner, a collector who only owned black cars, acquired #2917GT from the stand of the importer Franco-Britannic and had the car sent back to the Carrosserie Chapron to be re-liveried in black. Sometime before the current owner acquired the car in Monthléry in 1969 it was painted red – the colour it remains today.

ABOUT THE CAR

This matching numbers car is in fantastic condition. Since buying the car 47 years ago, the present owner, well known in Ferrari circles, has driven it regularly and ensured the highest level of maintenance, instructing Pozzi to send a truck and mecanics to Brittany to carry out regular servicing work.

This may be the last 250 GT SWB to have been preserved in the same ownership for nearly half a century. Driven regularly on the back roads in France, this carefully preserved car has spent its entire life in France, out of the public eye. It presents an extraordinary opportunity when it comes under the hammer at Artcurial Motorcars’ next sale, which takes place on 9 July 2016 at Le Mans Classic, one of the world’s most prestigious historic motorsport events.

Catalogue available online at www.artcurial.com

Estimates in dollars provided as a guide

 

About Artcurial Motocars  After a record year in 2015 featuring the remarkable Baillon Collection, Artcurial Motorcars has confirmed its own status and that  of  Paris  as  a  venue  for  collector’s  car  sales  with  this  year’s  Retromobile  sale. Totalling 56.1M€ /  62.6M$ including aftersales and up 21 % on last year, the 2016 edition of the sale attracted buyers and sellers from around the world. The very last Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta offered at auction during Retromobile 2016 was sold after the sale to an European collector for 8.1 M€/ 9.2 M$. International collectors are increasingly selecting Artcurial Motorcars as the leading auction house to buy and sell the most important cars.

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