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Ferrari Classiche CertifiedGiuseppe Chiusolo, Naples, Italy (acquired new from SEFAC S.p.A. in April 1962)Mario D’Onofrio, Caserta, Italy (acquired from the above in June 1962)Silvio Vittorio Tartara, Cervesina, Italy (acquired from the above in April 1963)Luigi Coluccia, Milan, Italy (acquired from the above in August 1966)RDI S.p.A., Milan, Italy (acquired from the above in January 1967)Thomas Meade, Modena, Italy (acquired from the above in February 1972)Mike Fisher, London, England (acquired from the above in May 1973)Ted Rowbotham, London, England (acquired from the above in 1974)Ronald Jahaaski, Ridgefield, Connecticut (acquired circa 1976)Dr. Terry Clark, Clemson, South Carolina (acquired in 1976)Michael Leventhal, Chicago, Illinois (acquired in 1981)Don Walker, Dallas, Texas (acquired in 1985)Marvin L. Johnson, Dallas, Texas (acquired from the above in 1988)Jean-Pierre Grave, France (acquired in 1998)Jean-Pierre Slavic, Mies, Switzerland (acquired in 2010)Private Collection (acquired from the above)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Tour de France, April 1999, Jean-Pierre Grave/Jean-Do Bourinet, No. 175Tour de France, April 2000, Jean-Pierre Grave/Jean-Do Bourinet, No. 175Tour de France, April 2002, Jean-Pierre Grave/Michel Artero, No. 193Tour de France, April 2004, Jean-Pierre Grave/Jean-Do Bourinet, No. 90Tour de France, April 2005, Jean-Pierre Grave/Michel Artero, No. 177Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Cernobbio, Italy, May 2012 (Mention of Honor – Class F: Ferrari 250 Dynasty)80th Anniversary Meeting of the Grand Prix of Montreux, Switzerland, September 2014, Jean-Pierre Slavic, No. 48
Following the successful 250 GT “Tour de France” Berlinetta, so-named in celebration of Spanish Marquis Alfonso de Portago’s electrifying victory at the 1956 edition of the famous Tour de France Auto, Ferrari launched a small batch of Pinin Farina-designed “Interim” Berlinettas with new aluminum bodywork and lightweight components for 1959. While one of them finished 4th Overall and 2nd in Class behind an earlier 250 GT at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the updated design was a clear evolutionary step for Ferrari’s dual-purpose, road-and-track-capable grand touring cars. The definitive expression of the concept had its debut at the October 1959 Paris Salon, equipped with the “Interim” V-12 engine specification and race-bred refinements, including more compact dimensions with a shortened 2,400 mm wheelbase for improved handling response. Four-wheel disc brakes – a first on Ferrari road cars – were fitted to the production cars. Quickly, the new Ferrari 250 GT gained everlasting fame as the SWB, or Short Wheelbase.
The aggressive styling of the 250 GT SWB also remains a Pinin Farina design benchmark. Coachwork for the 250 GT SWB was constructed by both Pinin Farina and Scaglietti. Body material, engine specification, and interior materials differed widely from car to car, depending upon the specific requirements of Ferrari buyers. With form following function, the SWB body was free of unnecessary embellishments and, with its ample glass area, provided very good visibility. The SWB’s trim proportions, with all four corners of the body curvaceously wrapped around each wheel and its gently rounded contours, yielded maximum performance from its healthy Colombo-derived SOHC V-12 engine and four-speed gearbox. Engineering work was spearheaded by Giotto Bizzarrini, Carlo Chiti, and Mauro Forghieri, the trio of legends that would be reduced to one in the wake of the infamous 1961 “palace revolt” at Ferrari.
Many of the top gentlemen and professional racers piloted the 250 GT SWB in competition, including Jean “Beurlys” Blaton, Willy Mairesse, Olivier Gendebien, Stirling Moss, and Jo Schlesser. As expected, the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta proved highly effective in competition, with a victory tally long enough to be prohibitive to fully list here. However, its high-profile wins included the GTcategory win and a sweep of the first four GT places at Le Mans in 1960. The next year at Le Mans, a 250 GT SWB Berlinetta repeated a GT class win and finished 3rd Overall. Other victories included the Tour de France – three wins in a row in 1960, 1961, and 1962 – and legendary driver Stirling Moss’ back-to-back Goodwood Tourist Trophy wins in 1960 and 1961 for Rob Walker. Confirming the Ferrari’s potency with a top-notch driver, Moss lapped the entire field en route to his 1961 victory, and legend has it that he listened to radio coverage of the race while driving. Blending competition prowess and an irreplaceable air of romance and adventure, the 250 GT SWB is one of the finest dual-purpose GT cars from Ferrari, easily capable of being driven to the track, lightly prepared, competing with vigor, and then driven back home. Simply put, it is a true sporting milestone and an essential component of any collection of the greatest Sports/GT cars ever conceived and built. Sports Car Illustrated described it this way in October 1960: “From the tip of its thrusting headlights to the end of its tucked-in tail, Ferrari’s newest Berlinetta exudes the essence of speed and power. For once the externals don’t mislead. This is a fast car, potent almost to the point of being brutal.”
No. 3359 GT, this stunning 1962 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, is a steel-bodied Lusso model. In overall terms, 3359 GT is a late-production SWB Berlinetta, documented as the 132nd of as few as 165 examples produced from 1959 to 1962. As a model routinely available only to Ferrari’s best clients when new, 3359 GT was sold directly from SEFAC S.p.A., the formal trading name for Ferrari, on April 18, 1962, to Giuseppe Chiusolo of Naples. Elegantly finished in Grigio Argento (Code 16003) with Red Connolly Vaumol leather (Code VM 3086), 3359 GT was equipped new with a Tipo 168 V-12 engine, Abarth exhaust, RW 3590 Borrani wire wheels wearing Pirelli Cinturato tires, and an 8 x 34 final-drive ratio, one of the highest available and perfect for strong acceleration. Subsequently, 3359 GT passed among four more Italian gentleman-owners until it was purchased on February 8, 1972, by a Californian then living in Modena: Thomas Meade, the classic Ferrari and Maserati trader and creator of the wild Ferrari 330/P4-style Thomassima.
May 1973 became a particularly colorful chapter of 3359 GT’s life when Mr. Meade sold the SWB to Mike Fisher of the UK, who related in a 2015 letter that the car was then located in Milan and had just been rediscovered following a period of extended storage. The Ferrari was covered in dust and yet it fired immediately after a hidden cutoff switch was located. Once the car was examined and the purchase completed, Mr. Fisher needed to rush to catch his return flight to London, so Mr. Meade offered to take him to the airport in the SWB. A flat tire on the Autostrada ended the trip, and the men had to spend the night at the roadside. Once back underway, Fisher asked Meade to deliver the car to Monaco, where eventual 1985 Indianapolis 500 champion driver Danny Sullivan was slated to drive Mr. Fisher’s F3 March at the Grand Prix. Next, Sullivan drove 3359 GT to Paris, where he met Mr. Fisher and returned to the UK with him. Back in the UK, the SWB was race-prepared, and Mr. Fisher drove it in several races at Snetterton and Silverstone in 1973. In 1974, Mr. Fisher sold 3359 GT to Ted Rowbotham, a Canadian then living in the UK. Accompanying the Ferrari at auction are the aforementioned letter from Mr. Fisher and copies of “as found” and “as raced/on track” photographs, which wonderfully document his relatively brief but fascinating tenure with this fabulous car.
During 1975, 3359 GT was restored by noted British marque specialist David Clarke’s Graypaul Motors, with the body refinished in black and the interior retrimmed to match. Subsequently, the Ferrari was exported to the US, and its next recorded owner was Ronald Jahaaski of Ridgefield, Connecticut. The SWB passed through the ownership of Dr. Terry Clark of Clemson, South Carolina, with the car retaining the original Italian-issued “MI B 84184” license plate. The Berlinetta was next offered for sale by Georgia’s FAF Motorcars Inc. in 1979, followed by Joe Marchetti’s International Autos, Ltd. of Chicago. The next private owner of 3359 GT was renowned collector Michael Leventhal of Chicago. In a recent interview, Mr. Leventhal fondly remembered 3359 GT, his first “serious Ferrari.” There were many excursions, including successful races at Sebring, Road America, and Road Atlanta. By the early 1990s, the SWB had returned to Europe, and in 1998 it was acquired by Jean-Pierre Grave, who enjoyed the SWB through the 2000s and drove it in five editions of the Tour de France Auto.
In 2010, 3359 GT was acquired by highly respected Ferrari connoisseur Jean-Pierre Slavic of Switzerland, who commissioned the Berlinetta’s total restoration. The work was overseen by Ferrari Classiche and involved the expert services of Carrozzeria Autosport of Modena, operated by former Scaglietti employees Franco Bacchelli and Roberto Villa, and Autofficina Bonini of Cadelbosco, an official Ferrari service agent and concours-winning workshop. Receipts on file for this work total more than €300,000. Post-restoration, 3359 GT was granted the coveted Ferrari Classiche certification on March 10, 2011. The all-important Ferrari Classiche Red Book accompanies the sale and attests to this Ferrari’s impeccable authenticity and originality throughout.
Chassis 3359 GT was invited in 2012 to the world-renowned Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on Lake Como, where it received the Mention of Honour Award in the highly competitive Ferrari 250 Dynasty Class. In September 2014, Mr. Slavic drove 3359 GT at the 80th anniversary of the Grand Prix of Montreux in Switzerland, with the SWB race-numbered 48. In December 2015, the SWB returned to the US.
As now offered, 3359 GT is spectacular throughout and, according to recent testing by Gooding & Company specialists, it is every bit as exhilarating to drive as this Ferrari model’s sizable legend suggests. Finished in its originally specified and very handsome color combination, 3359 GT was recently inspected by historian Keith Bluemel, who stated that the SWB is “a very well-presented example of the model.” Offered with the Ferrari Classiche Red Book, Mr. Bluemel’s written report, Marcel Massini’s history report, and a wealth of other excellent documentation, a tool roll, and an original sales brochure, 3359 GT is one of the most interesting and excellent examples of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta in existence.
As a late-production SWB Berlinetta, 3359 GT ranks among the most beautiful and iconic sports cars ever built. It embodies all of the aesthetic advancements found in the later cars, including the highly attractive heat vents behind the wheel arches and in the roof. Restored to the highest order, finished in its elegant color scheme, and fully certified, this SWB is particularly inviting. Presented here, 3359 GT is a wonderful 250 Ferrari for the true collector.