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  Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Comp/61

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1961
Numbers built:20 Comp/61s
Designed by:Pininfarina / Scaglietti
Predecessor:Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:March 14, 2005
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In the early '70's, I was stationed in Germany with the USAF. In 1973, I was getting ready to ship back to the States. One day, when going through base housing, I noticed a Ferrari 250 GT. As Ferraris were a rare sight on base, I stopped to have a look. An officer came out of his home and approached the car and me. We talked Ferrais for a while, and I asked where he had purchased the car. He said that there was a gent in Switzerland that specialized in exotic cars and such and that if I was interested, I should contact him. The gentleman's name was Rob del la Rive Box. I contacted Rob and asked if he had a 250 SWB in inventory. He said that he had one on consignment that belonged to a friend of his. The asking price was right at $5400 US Dollars. He said that the car was in "OK" condition,and said that if I was really interested, he could find me another one in better shape and "possibly" in better shape. I said OK. As it got closer to my ship out date, I called Rob to see if he had found me a car, no, not yet. Just before I shipped out, I called Rob once more and asked about the friend's car, but it was a no response on both counts. It ended up being a case of waiting too long. When I got back to the States, I wrote Rob to see what he had in inventory, which was limited to a 330 single headlight. I may have been interested in the 330 but the cost had went up considerably - well beyond what my pay could afford on military pay. When I came back to the States, I bought a copy of Autoweek, who used to use the next to the last page for special cars. In that issue, the car of the month was a 250 SWB. The article started off saying, "If you can find one for less than $100K, buy it....". So close, yet so far.

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