A 1960 Ferrari The 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione with an impressive racing history will headline Gooding & Co.’s upcoming Monterey auction, with pre-auction estimates placing the car’s value as high as $18 million.
The 250 GT SWB, chassis no. 1759 GT, was the sixth example ever to leave Maranello and was purpose-built to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It completed a test at Monza on April 27th, 1960 with Phil Hill, Richie Ginther, and Wolfgang von Trips at the wheel before being sold to Luigi Chinetti, a well known U.S. Ferrari dealer and owner of the North American Race Team (N.A.R.T).
At Le Mans that year, Ed Hugus and Augie Pabst drove the car day and night through difficult rainy conditions. After experiencing little to no problems throughout the endurance race, they crossed the finish line seventh overall and fourth in class. The car was then sold off to one Gilbert Horton in 1962, who entered the car in an annual hillclimb in Montana called the Black Otter Hillclimb.
1759 GT would go on to participate in several vintage racing event as it traded hands between various Ferrari collectors over the years. It underwent an initial restoration in 2005 and has participated in numerous concourse events since, such as the Cavallino Classic in Palm Beach.
Gooding & Co. places the car’s value at no lower than $15 million, hardly surprising considering its history. Tested at Monza with Hill, Ginther, and von Trips at the wheel, delivered to noted U.S. Ferrari dealer Chinetti and later raced at Le Mans, 1759 GT is one of most desirable 250-series Ferraris in the world.
Click here to view Gooding & Co.’s listing for the 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione.