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The 250 GT Berlinetta SWB - A Review
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30 December 2010

A classic in its own right, the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT SWB is widely renowned for being one of the best sports cars of its time. With its sleek design, exclusivity factor and great historical background, it’s no wonder that Motor Trend Classic magazine awarded it fifth place in their list of top ten "Greatest Ferraris of all Time" feature. But what do we really know about this automobile?

It was first unveiled in October of 1959 at the famous Paris Motor Show. Disk brakes and a short wheelbase (SWB) were a first in the GT series, and the combination of low weight, high power, and well-sorted suspension made for quite an impressive package.

The top speed was around 152 mph, while 0-60 mph could be done in 6.2 seconds. Both figures were seen as the best of that time, and had caused quite a bit of excitement amongst the racing community.The car was also highly reliable, easy to drive and considered to be incredibly good-looking. It was a natural on the race-track as well as on the road. Since then, road cars and race cars have differentiated into two separate paths.

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