CLASSIC – Retro Ferrari 250 GT is real. Just not genuine

Here’s a little something to speed you into your Ferrari 1000 weekend. This is a Ferrari GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione. It looks just like the ten-million dollars it would be worth, were it a genuine matching numbers car with a bit of history, as it would have.


But this one’s not real. Well, not real in the genuine sense. But you can buy it now for a cool million dollars, which is a snip compared to the genuine article.

Meet classic Ferrari experts GTO Engineering’s GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione recreation. It’s perfect down to the minutest of details and even its little modern tweaks are just like those originals had done over the years.

This car features a meticulously hand-rolled aluminium body and owners can select a variety of contemporary extras. Like air conditioning and bespoke audio, just in case that guttural V12 wail is not enough

235kw V12, MX-5 weight

The original had a 180kW 3-litre Colombo 250 (because each cylinder was 250cc) V12. GTO Engineering offers the choice of 3, 3.5, or 4 litre V12s and this one is a 235kW 3.5-litre that weighs as much as a MX-5. It packs a long-throw manual ‘box and four-wheel disc brakes — the original was the first Ferrari at to have those.

So, it’s not at all genuine, but GTO Engineering’s GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione recreation is very much a real Ferrari. It has all the right bits and pieces and was actually probably better engineered out of more modern materials. And it’s yous for the price of a luxury house, not an entire coastal resort…

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