Saturday, June 19, 2010

HOT WHEELS 1/43 FERRARI 250 GT BERLINETTA SWB



This 1:43 scale Ferrari is one of a variety of collectible vehicles approved by Ferrari for authentic styling and decoration. Beautifully crafted and highly detailed, this car makes a great collectible or gift for any auto enthusiast. One of the most important GT racers of its time, the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB was first unveiled at the 1959 Paris Salon. The designation SWB indicated the short wheelbase chassis designed for better handling compared to the former long wheelbase version. The car was available in competition specification with an aluminum body, lightweight interior trim and with the engine in a higher state of tune. 176 samples were built and sold from 1959 to 1963. After its release the car was hugely successful in racing. It was capable of beating many larger-engine cars. Motor Trend Classic placed the 250 SWB fifth on a list of the ten greatest Ferraris of all time. At the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB with race #22 proved its competitiveness by taking 4th to 7th place overall and sweeping 1st through 4th place of the GT class. Among the four SWBs, Dernier / Noblet took 6th in a gray with blue stripe SWB number 22.

The Ferrari 250 is a series of sports cars built by Ferrari from the 1950s and early 1960s. It was the company's most successful early line of vehicles, produced for over a decade from 1953 to 1964 and resulting in several variants. Here it is proposed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans version of 1960. In the hands of Leon Dernier and Pierre Noblet this Ferrari 250 Short Wheel Based had no problem keeping the 6th place until the end of that race. Several technical innovations have made this car really competitive in international races. During the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1960 the Ferrari contenders were not able to compete: at the end of the race six different versions of the Ferrari 250 had entered the first seven places. Buy it now