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  Ferrari 250 GT SWB Drogo Coupe
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1962
Numbers built:1
Designed by:Pierro Drogo
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:April 07, 2014
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Click here to download printer friendly versionToday the Ferrari 250 GT SWB is considered a near priceless work of art but in its day, it was simply a tool to win races and a particularly effective one at that. Many of the competition cars were damaged during their successful careers, and while most were rebuilt to their original Pininfarina guise, some were sent to other carrozzerie for a fresh set of panels. Among these is chassis 2445GT, which was entrusted to the skilful hands of Piero Drogo after a violent crash at Le Mans in 1962.

Completed in April of 1961, this 250 GT SWB was built to 'SEFAC Hot Rod' specifications completed with the Tipo 168 Comp'61 engine and all-alloy body styled by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti. It was sold new to the Ecurie Francorchamps, who fielded it for their clients in a wide variety of events throughout Europe. Among the most successful of its drivers was Robert Crevits, who won several minor races and hill climbs. Fitted with engine 2053GT, it was subsequently entered in the 1962 Le Mans for Georges Berger and Robert Darville. Sadly, their race ended early due to a crash at Arnage.

Impressed with the performance of the 250 GTO and the 250 GT SWB 'Breadvan', Ecurie Francorchamps supremo Jacques Swaters sent the remains of 2445GT to Drogo along with SWB 2053GT, which had also crashed. The brief for the Italian coach-builder was simple; rebuilt the two crashed Ferraris with a more effective body similar to those of the aforementioned GTO and Breadvan. Drogo's new lines indeed mimicked the GTO with a longer nose, covered headlights and a cut-off, 'Kamm' tail. In addition to the new body, chassis 2445GT also required repairs to the front of the chassis, which had been hit hard at Le Mans.

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