Today Artcurial Motorcars in Paris anounced the the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta chassis 2917GT for their upcoming sale at Le Mans Classic on July 9th.
This car was displayed at the 1961 Paris Motor Show and Arcurial have provided an image of it from the ©The Cahier Archive (F1-photo.com).
Artcurial are proud to offer this example from 47 years of continous ownership and maintenance.
Artcurial Motorcars is also known for consigning important cars that are new to the market, a key feature of the star car in the next sale at Le Mans Classic on 9 July. The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta #2917GT has been in the hands of the present owner some 47 years, and has had just five owners from new.
This remarkable car was displayed new at the 1961 Paris Motor Show, presented in a light blue Azzuro. The first owner, a collector who only owned black cars, acquired #2917GT from the stand of the importer Franco-Britannic and had the car sent back to the Carrosserie Chapron to be re-liveried in black. Sometime before the current owner acquired the car in Monthléry in 1969 it was painted red – the colour it remains today.
This matching numbers car is in fantastic condition. Since buying the car 47 years ago, the present owner, well known in Ferrari circles, has driven it regularly and ensured the highest level of maintenance, instructing Pozzi to send a truck and mecanics to Brittany to carry out regular servicing work.
This may be the last 250 GT SWB to have been preserved in the same ownership for nearly half a century. Driven regularly on the back roads in France, this carefully preserved car has spent its entire life in France, out of the public eye. It presents an extraordinary opportunity when it comes under the hammer at Artcurial Motorcars’ next sale, which takes place on 9 July 2016 at Le Mans Classic, one of the world’s most prestigious historic motorsport events.