There’s little doubt why this is one of the greatest Ferraris of all time.
The 250 was a turning point for Ferrari. It further kickstarted the company and cemented its place as a legendary car manufacturer. Classified as a sports car, the Ferrari 250 SWB was just as easily a decent GT car at heart, depending on the model. Ferrari built several different variants, but they were all called the 250. Succeeded by the 275 and the 330, it’s still held in high regards by most people, considered as possibly the greatest Ferrari road car of all time.
Officially, the Ferrari 250 SWB was offered in long wheelbase, short wheelbase and Europa. The Europa was the GT of the lineup, with a lengthy 2,800 mm wheelbase. The LWB came in at 2,600 mm, and the SWB at just 2,400 mm. The SWB was the nimblest and agile of the three, but a lot of them were convertibles. All three carried a 3.0-Litre naturally-aspirated V12 with 300 horsepower. As much as I love Ferrari’s current V12s, they don’t even come close to a small-capacity V12 such as the one found in the 250. It sounds mechanical and alive, if that’s the exact phrasing I’m looking for. Nothing was synthetically made back then. Everything you hear comes from the engine, it comes from metal parts rubbing against one another. Take a listen for yourself by clicking the video below by Goodwood Road & Racing.