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Artcurial to sell Ferrari 250 GT SWB at Le Mans Classic

A special Ferrari 250 GT SWB, which has been in the same ownership for the last 47 years, will be sold by Artcurial at its Le Mans classic sale.


French auction House Artcurial has announced that it will sell a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta at its next auction on 9 July, set to run alongside the Le Mans Classic event.

This steel-bodied example, #2917GT, was originally painted in light blue Azzuro, and presented at the 1961 Paris motor show. It was bought off the stand by its first owner, who had the car repainted in black by Carrosserie Chapron. By the time the car was purchased by the current owner in 1969, the 250 had been repainted once again, in the current shade of red.

With a total of five owners, it's relatively low for such a special car, but the really impressive number is the 47 years of continuous ownership that it has enjoyed from the current French owner. While the car is know within Ferrari circles, it has lead a relatively sheltered life, being used regularly in France.

Artcurial describes this matching numbers car as being in fantastic condition, and the owner has apparently spared no expense when it comes to maintenance, with Pozzi instructed to send a full truck and team of mechanics to Brittany for the car's routine servicing work.

Artcurial has made a name for itself recently with its big-ticket Ferrari sales, including the €16.3m Baillon 250 California in 2015, the €32.1m ex-Bardinon 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti at Retromobile in February, as well as the very last Ferrari 250 GT SWB that sold for €8.1m shortly after the same auction.

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