Classics – 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta heading to auction image

There’s a huge array of highly desirable and iconic classic cars for every collector’s taste, but it seems the one car that meets everyone’s criteria is the legendary Ferrari 250.

The GT SWB Berlinetta trim showcased with this example is one of only 176 examples ever built and it’s heading to auction during the weekend of March 10-11, 2017, at the RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island Concours in Florida. The model is also wearing a traditional Rosso Corsa red exterior and has the chassis number 2639 GT. Finished back in 1961, it was one of just 176 examples produced, featuring the road-going ‘Lusso’ exterior package. The street-friendly trim has features such as aluminum hood and deck lid, roll-up windows, and fender and roof vents. Its shorter wheelbase, meanwhile, allowed it to remain a very capable track companion.

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The model jumped the ocean after being owned a few years in Italy, but headed back to Europe in the 1980s, and received a full restoration work process last year thanks to Ferrari specialists Motion Productions of Neenah, Wisconsin. With numerous accolades (Best in Show at Concorso Italiano, Platinum Award at the Ferrari Club of American International and the XXV Cavallino Classic Concours) and the heritage, nobody thinks this will be a cheap ride – RM Sotheby’s estimate is close to about ten million dollars.