<b>1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta</b><br />Chassis no. 3337GT<br />Engine no. 3337GT
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100pt FCA Platinum Award Winning
Equipped with period competition features
Matching numbers and original coachwork
1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta
Coachwork by Scaglietti-Design by Pinin Farina
Ferrari Classiche Certified
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1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta
Coachwork by Scaglietti - Design by Pinin Farina

Chassis no. 3337GT
Engine no. 3337GT

2,953cc SOHC V-12 Engine
Triple Weber 40 DCZ/6 Carburetors
280bhp at 7,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Independent Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Sensationally restored and pure example of a Ferrari Berlinetta legend
*Formerly owned by renowned collectors William "Chip" Connor, Steve Earle, Harley Cluxton III, Robert Bodin and Academy Award nominated director David Cronenberg
*Ferrari Classiche certified, retaining matching-numbers engine and original coachwork
*100-point score at FCA International Meet and multiple-time Platinum Award winner
*Multiple appearances at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, including class award in 2017
*Documented by build sheets, restoration invoices and Marcel Massini report


EVOLUTION OF FERRARI'S ROAD/RACING BERLINETTA

From nearly the inception of its sport-car racing history, Ferrari has been one of the foremost manufacturers of the Berlinetta, which transliterates to "small sedan." The Berlinetta was not merely a coachwork solution, but indeed an entire concept of approach to racing at the time. Closed racing sports cars not only offer better aerodynamics at high speed than most open models, but were considerably more comfortable in long distance events, where weather was frequently a factor. Perhaps most importantly, the idea of a racecar that could be driven to the event, compete in the race, and then be driven back home, not only appealed to the privateer customers on which the factory relied, but eventually facilitated the realization of a homologated Gran Turismo model.

The first closed Ferrari witnessed in competition was chassis no. 003 S, an Allemano-bodied 166 Sport that debuted and emerged victorious at the 1948 Mille Miglia. Typical of its builder, the coachwork featured a staid notchback roofline similar to concurrent Allemano-built Maseratis, and only barely hinted at the fastback Berlinetta designs that would appear in coming years.

Later that year at the Turin Motor Show, Maranello introduced two new 166 examples, one of which was a closed 4-seat coupe built by Touring. Touring soon became the primary coachbuilder for the 166 variants, and by chassis no. 017 S, a distinction began to develop between the Milan carrozzeria's Coupes and Berlinettas, the latter of which began to feature a Fastback roofline (perhaps influenced by similar designs emerging from Stabilimenti Farina).

As the early 1950s progressed, Touring's racing bodies were essentially considered coupes (e.g. the 212 Export), while the proper Ferrari Berlinettas were built by Scaglietti and mounted on the even-numbered racing chassis of the rarer purpose-built Lampredi-engined sports racers (e.g. 340 MM and 375 MM). After the tragedy at Le Mans in 1955; however, the FIA reorganized racing regulations with a new emphasis on homologated GT production classes. This development influenced Ferrari's shift to Berlinetta production on the 250 GT chassis, the company's most significant foray into mass production to date.

With a body design by Pinin Farina that was built by Scaglietti, the first 250 GT Berlinettas appeared in 1956, and the Marquis de Portago's car legendarily won the Tour de France Auto rally in September. The 250 GT Berlinetta was minimally produced in four discreet body styles over the next few years, and the model went on to win the French rally four times in as many years, earning it the moniker 250 GT Tour de France (TdF). With the inevitability of consistent development of racing models, the 250-based Berlinetta was to see one final distinct evolution through the early 1960s.

THE 250 GT SWB BERLINETTA

In the 1960 model year, Ferrari began to introduce a new production chassis shortened by 200mm, resulting in a so-called "short wheelbase" that would eventually be used across the entire 250 GT range. This development was presaged by a final series of 250 GT TdF Berlinettas campaigned during the 1959 racing season that featured rounded snub-nosed coachwork without fins of any kind. These so-called interim Berlinettas were the last of the long-wheelbase 250 GT Tour de France examples.
In October 1959, shortly after the interim cars had contributed to Ferrari's fourth romp at the Tour de France, a short-wheelbase 250 GT Berlinetta debuted at the Paris Salon. With the elimination of the interim body's rear quarter-panel window, the latest Pinin Farina coachwork fit snugly onto the new 2,400mm wheelbase, and the model was appropriately dubbed the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta.

Generally equipped with the latest racing versions of the Colombo-designed short-block V-12 and developed from the successful configurations used in the earlier Testa Rossa and TdF racecars, the 250 GT SWB continued to dominate sports car racing. It handily won the 1960 and '61 runnings of the Tour de France Auto rally, bringing Ferrari's consecutive yearly total to six victories.

Through early 1962, the SWB was ultimately built in a modest quantity of 165 examples, 91 of which were finished in the steel-bodied Lusso street-car configuration (74 examples wore alloy coachwork and were specified for racing use). With the advent of the 250 GTO in 1962, and a newfound emphasis on rear-engine prototypes, the 250 GT SWB became the final production iteration of the 250-based privateer Berlinetta. The model has now evolved into one of the most collectable vintage Ferraris; a regular concours winner with rewarding touring characteristics (due to advanced mechanical features like all-wheel disc brakes), and one of Pinin Farina's unquestionably immutable coachwork designs.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This exquisitely restored late-production SWB claims ownership by several respected names in the collector car niche, as well as a recent platinum-winning show career at the most prestigious events. More importantly, it is one of the most genuine examples in existence, retaining its original matching numbers engine and driveline, as well as bodywork and chassis. Chassis no. 3337 GT was dispatched to Scaglietti for coachwork in late December 1961, and is understood to be the first car officially assembled in 1962. The chassis was clothed with the final SWB coachwork configuration, well into production by then, and recognizable by the teardrop-style side marker lamps, the positioning of the fuel filler on the left rear fender, and the addition of the Pinin Farina badge below the fender vents. Equipped with a tipo 168/61 all-alloy SOHC V-12 engine, 3337 GT received the larger Weber DCZ/6 carburetors for higher performance. The car was finished in Grigio Conchiglia (grey metallic) paint with a black leather interior.

Officially completed by the factory in early March 1962, the Ferrari was sold new to Steve Earle of Santa Barbara, the well-known enthusiast who went on to found the popular Monterey Historic Races in Laguna Seca, California. Earle took delivery of the SWB at the Maranello factory in Italy, and went on to retain possession for as long as twelve years. Next, in 1974, the car was owned by Harley Cluxton III, the esteemed dealer in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Ferrari then proceeded through a short ownership chain over the next fifteen years, starting with Paul Chandler of Walnut Creek, California. In 1976, the SWB passed to Dr. Robert Bodin of Minnetonka, Minnesota, and he housed the car for eight years. Bodin sold the car in 1984 to David Cronenberg, the respected Oscar-nominated Canadian filmmaker who created groundbreaking psychological thrillers (e.g. Scanners, The Fly, Dead Ringers, and A History of Violence). Registering 3337 GT to his Ontario address with plates reading "GTB 250," Mr. Cronenberg occasionally entered the car in vintage events, and a period photo shows him pretending to lift the car over his head while it is raised on a lift for maintenance.

In 1988 the Ferrari was acquired by James Dougharty of Reno, Nevada, with whom the Ferrari remained for more than a decade, while being exercised at FCA events around the country. In November 2001, Mr. Dougharty sold 3337 GT to Ken Rupp of Medina, Ohio, and he submitted the car to the Ferrari experts at Motion Products in Neenah, Wisconsin, for a cosmetic restoration, including a new paint finish in giallo (yellow). Rupp presented the car at the Cavallino Classic in January 2004, and at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August 2006.

In 2008, the SWB was acquired by William "Chip" Connor, the esteemed award-winning collector of some of the finest collector cars in the world. Mr. Connor presented the car at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August 2010 and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca in 2013. The 250 GT was also the recipient of full red book certification from Ferrari Classiche in December 2012, confirming that the car retains all of its original major mechanical components, including the matching numbers engine and gearbox, as well as its original bodywork and chassis—in essence, 3337 GT received top honors from Ferraris Classiche department.

In August 2014 the Ferrari was purchased by the consignor, a renowned Ferrari collector residing in Beverly Hills, California, who had been searching for a top shelf, "no stories" SWB example to add to his collection. Knowing that Mr. Connor only owns and maintains top-quality examples of the finest models, a meeting was arranged and a sale was soon completed. The owner's primary goal was to oversee an FCA platinum winner, and to this end he submitted the car for comprehensive restoration to original factory specifications to Rex Ngyuen, an award-winning restorer and FCA judge based in Los Angeles.

As detailed in a feature article in the January 2016 issue of Forza magazine, Mr. Nguyen conducted a whirlwind refurbishment of the Ferrari, with sights set on the Cavallino Classic in January 2015, where the car later impressively won a Platinum award and the Excellence Cup for best restoration. Though the accomplishment was worth cherishing at length, the consignor was not yet satisfied, and immediately began to formulate a further strategy for the car. In concert with Mr. Nguyen, it was decided to bring 3337 GT back to its original appearance in grey metallic. Grigio Ferro—a color close to the original Grigio Conchiglia—was chosen, and the exterior was expertly refinished to the highest possible standards. Simultaneously, the interior color was tastefully and appropriately chosen to be done in red vaumol. To perfect this historically important Ferrari, Mr. Nguyen dispatched a personal representative to the new Connolly concern in England. Here he selected some of the finest hides available and immediately returned them to Los Angeles on a domestic flight. The effort to authentically refurbish the components, and rebuild the original engine to factory specifications, was no less intense. Preferred Ferrari restorer David Carte supplied a period correct Abarth exhaust system, and numerous experts in the marque niche were consulted for utmost accuracy.

Debuting at the Greystone Concours d'Elegance in Beverly Hills in May 2015, 3337 GT won the Best in Show award. The following month, the car went on to receive the FIVA award for "The Car That Matters" at the nearby Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance. The awards continued to escalate with an appearance at the Quail Motorsports Gathering in August 2015, where the SWB was voted best in the highly competitive "Great Ferraris" class. A few days later, at the FCA's International Meet in Monterey, 3337 GT scored a perfect 100 points, earning another Platinum award and the "Best Road Car" award. In August 2017, the 250 GT was again presented at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and received a 2nd in class award.

In addition to the coverage in Forza, this 250 GT is depicted in one of the more seminal volumes on early closed Ferrari models, Dean Batchelor's Ferrari: The Early Berlinettas and Competition Coupes. 3337 GT is documented carefully by noted Ferrari historian Marcel Massini and with the Ferrari Classiche red book certification, factory build sheets, vehicle histories, and a myriad of photos and invoices depicting the restoration work performed. For any collector looking for arguably the most important vintage Ferrari Berlinetta model to present and enter at FCA events and niche tours and rallies, 3337 GT offers an out-of-the-box winner in this highly revered and competitive field. It also constitutes an ideally presented example of the ultimate mechanical and cosmetic development of the 250 GT SWB platform, the model that indelibly seared the Ferrari Berlinetta into the popular imagination.

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