This is the #Ferrari 250 GTB SWB (Short Wheel Base), and this is probably one of the most amazing cars that ever came out of the Maranello factory. In fact, this is probably one of the most amazing cars ever produced. Period. And we drove it!
So who is the crazy owner that let me drive this rather expensive classic? Let's put it that way, he was one of Switzerland's biggest Ferrari importers. This particular model is its favorite, and here I found myself in front of this piece of history. First of all, I must say that it has one of the most beautiful lines I have ever seen. Some call it perfection. Others call it perfection. Finished in a beautiful silver metallic livery, this particular model was totally restored, got the Ferrari Classiche certificate, and often sits in Ferrari's own museum in Maranello. It also proudly wears the Italian flag on its roof, and bonnet. Oh, did we forget to mention that this is an Italian car?
Here she is. Asleep in the dark. Waiting to be raced like in the good old days. And this is exactly not what we are going to do. Just a quick drive. I open the passenger door and take a step inside. Yes, I started this journey in the passenger seat, but wait for it. I found myself inside this car that has nothing more than two seats, a massive wooden steering wheel, a gearstick, and a few gages. But do you need anything else? At the same time, the owner turns on a couple of switches, turns on the ignition and fires up the Colombo tipo 125 V12 engine. He told me to be ready for it. I was not. This was so brutal it nearly gave me a stroke.
Now that the car runs, we quickly find ourselves on twisty Swiss B-roads. The owner has been driving for 5 minutes when he stopped at a red light. He gets out of the car, and tells me to switch seats. There are several cars in the back. I am stressed out, and thrilled at the same time. I am going to drive a Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB. I run around the car to take a seat. I found myself in front of this huge steering wheel. Trying to put my leg on the right side of the wheel. I am 189 cm so it was not as easy as it seemed. I finally find an acceptable driving condition (quite terrible to be honest) and engage in first gear. Here I go! The driving. I feel cropped. But the experience is unique! Even though the car is 50 years old, it is so fast. The steering feels heavy, but the car feels light. It also starts to get very hot in there. Obviously, with no AC, you have to do everything the 60’s way. You open the windows.
Just put the sound up!
However, after a half-an-hour drive, I stop. The unthinkable happened. A cramp. I must admit that the driving position did not help, but moreover I felt so tensed. I was driving a multi-million Swiss Francs car. So, I stop on the side of the road, get out limping, and take a huge breath while looking at the car I have been driving. This is far from being an easy car to drive , but it still feels nice and enjoyable. You still get a Dolce Vita feeling when you drive it. You are like this passive hero enjoying the Hard Dolce Vita.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to C. Perego and Perego Cars, situated in Switzerland between Geneva and Lausanne, for giving me the opportunity to drive, review and shoot their car.