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  Ferrari 250 GT SWB Bertone Coupe Speciale
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1960
Numbers built:1
Introduced at:1960 Geneva Motor Show
Designed by:Giorgietto Giugiaro for Bertone
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:May 06, 2009
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Chassis: 1739GT
The third SWB off 'production line', the featured s/n 1739GT was sent to Bertone to receive a special body for Enrico Wax; a very loyal Ferrari customer. Despite not intended to do any racing, the rolling chassis came complete with the 'hot' 280 bhp engine. At Bertone a very young Giorgietto Giugiaro was put in charge of the one-off design. It was one of his very first designs for the Turinese coachbuilder, and formed the basis for many of his future designs.

The nose is dominated by a broad mouth and the largest Ferrari badge we have ever seen. Unusually thin pillars give the greenhouse a very airy look. Most panels of the body are constructed from alloy with the exception of the stainless steel sills and roof. It was also the first Ferrari ever fitted with Campagnolo alloy wheels. The single most striking feature is the fully tilting nose revealing not only the V12 engine, but also large parts of the tubular chassis, which remain hidden on regular SWBs. Bertone also completely modified the interior, highlighted by a stylish new gearlever.

Painted pale green, the 'EW Prototype' made its official debut on the Bertone stand at the 1960 Geneva Motorshow. Mr. Wax held on to his custom Ferrari for almost fifteen years before selling it to a fellow Italian. Soon after it was sold to an American collector who had it completely restored and painted red, which really brought out the stainless steel parts. Since then it exchanged owners several times and it received a fresh silver paint in the process. After a long term ownership, the current owner will offer the unique Ferrari at the upcoming Leggenda e Passione auction held by RM Auctions in Maranello.


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