At the Paris Auto Show in 1959, Ferrari closed out the decade right by unveiling their most wonderful GT to date. In the ongoing development of the 250 GT series of cars, Ferrari engineers Giotto Bizzarrini, Carlo Chiti, and Mauro Forghieri elected to shorten the wheelbase of the existing 250 GT platform by around eight inches, thus improving handling and maneuverability. The Colombo V-12 was also tweaked to give as much as 280 horsepower, and Pinin Farina was responsible for the gorgeous, purposeful fastback body. The rest, as they say, is history. The 250 GT SWBs secured race wins for the Prancing Horse around the globe and handily took the 1961 Constructors Championship in the GT class.
1961 LE MANS 24 HOURS:
stirling moss and graham hill. Dnf, gt lap record. Running 3rd overall in the 9th hour, well ahead of the other works prototypes until a fan blade broke loose and sheared the water pump.
1961 SILVERSTONE INTERNATIONAL TROPHY:
stirling moss. 1st oa, pole position and gt lap record. Moss faces the newly launched and all-conquering e-types for the first time and beats graham hill, bruce mclaren and roy salvadori, all driving e-types.
1961 BRANDS HATCH PECO TROPHY:
stirling moss. 1st oa, pole position and gt lap record. Moss again sees off mike parkes in the other swb as well as graham hill, salvadori and mclaren in the e-types.
1961 GOODWOOD TOURIST TROPHY:
Stirling moss. 1st oa. Moss wins his 7th and last tt, defeating parkes in an swb as well as jim clark and salvadori in aston martin db4 zagatos. Giotto bizzarrini, who oversaw the ferraris at the race, then drove #2735 over the alps and back to maranello.
1961 NASSAU TOURIST TROPHY:
Stirling moss. 1st oa. This is the last race moss will win before his accident.