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Ferrari 250 GT SWB - The remarkable history of 2689

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By Richard Heseltine

The 250-series was an early Ferrari success story and in 1959 spawned one of the most recognisable sports cars ever built. It is now also one of the most coveted. The 250 GT Berlinetta (aka SWB, ‘Short Wheelbase’) had a dual role as supreme grand tourer and outstanding racing car. Chassis 2689GT, the subject of this book, was purchased by amateur racer Pierre Dumay on behalf of his friend Pierre Noblet – who had written off his previous 250 GT SWB in an accident at Clermont-Ferrand. Shortly after taking delivery, Noblet and co-driver Jean Guichet took the new car to a class-winning third place overall in the Le Mans 24 Hours – the dawn of a relatively brief, but very bright, competition history.

Key content

  • Represents a bygone age of sports car racing, when ‘gentlemen drivers’ – well-heeled amateurs, for the most part – could compete successfully against the world's best. The car's owner, Pierre Noblet, would invariably be back in his office at 9am on the morning after a race weekend, running his textile business.
  • Chronicles the full racing history of 2689GT, including its notable start at Le Mans and victories at Monza and on the old street circuit in Brussels, and covers the wider racing successes of the 250 GT SWB.
  • Outlines the engaging backstories 2689GT's principal drivers – Pierre Noblet and Jean Guichet.
  • Includes profiles of some of the most influential engineers and designers in automotive history: Mauro Forghieri, Carlo Chiti and Giotto Bizzarrini all played a part in the 250 GT SWB's genesis.

ISBN: 978-1-907085-87-1

 

"...chassis 2689GT - has an interesting history and story to tell".

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02/25/2020
John E.
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250 GT SWB Berlinetta 2689GT

This is a well presented and attractive short history of a special 250 GT SWB Berlinetta. Colour photographs are of high quality but what I find slightly disappointing is that all early photographs used are not fully identified. One of the major features of the 250 is that there were many small differences in individual cars. Chassis numbers are missing from many period photographs and some simple research could easily have provided this information.