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Hello everybody !
I'm new on this wonderful forum, and I'd like to talk about a great great famous; the 250 GT/SWB... The fact is that I'm currently building a file on that car, as a starting point to a big database for my own use and that of everybody it can help. I'm a french student and my aim is to become a motoring journalist, specialising on old and racing cars...
So this new topic is absolutely free of orientation, exept that of the SWB !
I hope it will provide a fine talking subject and in the same time will enable me to catch some information I don't have !

Thanks in anticipation !
 

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Yes Boxer, being a french enthousiast, I couldn't have miss to read such fabulous mags like Octane (since issue 7) ! But I still havn't ordered issue 5, with a promising duel Aston DB4GT/SWB... When finances will be more expanding... :green:
 

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Try to find a dedicated book about the car. Those give a lot of specific info about the car than general Ferrari-books. I btw would like the spyder version more than the berlinetta, but that is very personal :D I assume you talk about the closed version like in my avatar since that one is usually meant when the swb is the topic.
 

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thanks a lot for your recommendations ! The read of a model-centered book already came to my mind you know, but finances aren't exactly as wonderful as it it would please me, because of my oh-so-modest student situation, and the fact that I'm buying ~60€-worth magazines each month.
I think the best solution has to be those books being asked for Christmas...
But if one of you on the forum has any interesting information to communicate or to talk about, I'd appreciate very much for the opportunity for me, and more simply just for the pleasure of the topic !!
 

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BY FAR the absolute best book on the 250's is "Ferrari 250GT Competition" by Jess Pourret. I have a copy and i consider it one of the best ferrari books every written, in fact, i'm thinking about picking up a 2nd copy so i can take notes etc in one.
 

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About Jess G. Pourret, I already read with great pleasure his book with Keith Bluemel on the 250 GTO, a book I read precisely because of the information on the "ancestor" SWB, and indeed, the level of commitement is astouding. I noticed on a french edition site that the 1977 book on the 250 GT Competiton cars by Pouret was quoted at about.... 80 or 100 euros.... What a shame for me, but it's most certainly worth it !!
I also saw that a work by the great Doug Nye existed too, and that it was only on the Berlinetta Passo Corto (Ferrari 250 GT berlinetta SWB competizione) ! And another by Ken Gross, the latter the most affordable for me. Has anyone of you ever read that one ? Some buying advices ?....

thank you again !
 

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and yes Dr Bob, I know qv500 :wink: , a very good site, interesting information and photos...
thank you still !
 

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I have a question: according to you and the most reliable books, exactly how many SWB were built (including the prototypes for the GTO and the 7 "Interim" versions) ? I have several estimations in my documents, but not twice the same ! :-?
 

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The "Interim" was not an SWB and neither was the GTO. Do you mean how many cars were built on the short chassis as opposed to the long chassis? The Interim cars were based on the LWB chassis' and the GTO's were loosely based on the swb chassis' (albeit very modified)
 

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OK, excuse me Chris, I knew the Interim weren't built on the SWB chassis, but I chosed to include them in my count because of their shape and the fact that they were the very anouncing cars of the forthcoming SWBs, and about the GTO prototypes, I only thought about the 2 SWBs rebodied 400SA-style, for I don't know the others.
So if you prefer, let's talk only about the "real" ones; the SWB Belinettas, without the Interim, the prototypes, the Spyders, but with the special ones by Bertone or Nembo.
Hope it's clear now ! :green: :wink:
 
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