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Ferrari 250 GT Competizione offered at Villa Erba

RM Sotheby’s will offer a special Ferrari 250 GT ‘SWB’ Berlinetta Competizione at its Villa Erba auction.

RM Sotheby’s has already got a great selection of cars lined up for its 23 May Villa Erba sale, on the shores of Lake Como during the Villa d’Este concours weekend. The most impressive of which, so far, is the 1960 Ferrari 250 GT ‘SWB’ Berlinetta Competizione.

This particular example is one of just 45 alloy-bodied competition versions built in 1960, out of a total production run of 164, and although not raced in period, has recently shown its competitiveness in recent racing events.

Specified from the factory with the lightweight alloy bodywork, and uprated V12 engine, the car was originally delivered to a Florence-based doctor – who only used the car on the road. In 1972, the car was exported to the USA, and moved between various Ferrari collectors before a full restoration was undertaken in the early 1990s.

Following some outings at various US concours events, chassis number 1953 GT was sold to a Japanese collector, where it remained for 10 years. It was then sold to the current owner in 2011 – who has since campaigned the 250 at the Silverstone Classic, the Donington Historic Festival, Goodwood Revival, Goodwood Member’s Meeting, and the Spa Classic.

RM’s Villa Erba sale is a small but focused group of around 40 high-end classics, including one of only 200 Ferrari 250GT Cabriolet PF Series II cars (€1,400,000-€2,000,000); a freshly restored, two-owner from new 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Sport Lightweight (€950,000-€1,350,000); matching-numbers 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 S (€900,000-€1,400,000).

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