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Ferrari´s short Wheelbase Berlinetta

Ferrari´s short Wheelbase Berlinetta

Lot was Sold at a price of $5,280,000

290 bhp, 2,953 cc, SOHC V-12 engine, three Weber 40 DCE/6 carburetors, four-speed synchromesh gearbox, independent front suspension with parallel A-arms, coil springs and tubular “Koni” shock absorbers and anti-sway bar, rear solid axle, trailing arms, leaf springs and tubular shocks, limited-slip differential, aluminum body paneling as per original. Wheelbase: 94.5"

Ferrari´s short Wheelbase Berlinetta


After much competition success with their long wheelbase Berlinettas in the Grand Touring category from 1956 to 1959, Ferrari engineers Bizzarini, Chiti and Forghieri designed the replacement, the SWB Berlinetta, with the prototype chassis, no. 1539 GT, being introduced at the Paris Auto Salon in October 1959. In addition to the new wheelbase, improved three-liter Colombo V-12 engine and sensuous body work by Pininfarina, the new GT also featured the marque’s first use of disc brakes, in this case supplied by Dunlop. Ferrari’s alloy Berlinetta stole the show, prompting a long line-up of frustrated enthusiasts who were not offered delivery dates unless their names were known in the world of racing! (For them, however, a new heavier steel-bodied “Lusso” version with milder performance and offering more road-ability would soon be introduced.)