Ferrari (NYSE:RACE): SWB Stands for ‘Short Wheelbase Berlinetta’ (Video)


This is a 1960’s Italian GT at its finest.

If you’re like so many enthusiasts, you find the 1960’s Ferrari GTs to be some of the most attractive vintage vehicles around. That helps drive the extreme prices we see in private treaty sales transactions and auctions alike.

And yes, there is more to it than that, and the video below helps illustrate 1 Key point: 60’s Ferrari GTs (grand tourers) are excellent performers. You get to see a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB run hard around France’s Paul Ricard circuit as part of the Dix Mille Tours weekend recently.

The symphony that Columbo 3.0-liter V12 produces is captivating. With that high-rpm Redline, you can hear the driver really push the Ferrari hard on straightaways, the power plant just signing at ever-increasing octaves in response. It is about the Sounds, listen!

Adding to the excitement is the driver pushing things to the limit and beyond a little bit when it comes to handling. Feeling a classic car start to go sideways as you accelerate out of a turn is thrilling and disconcerting at the same time, but with something this valuable such maneuvers have to be even more nerve-racking.

Not surprisingly, the design of the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta was handled by Pininfarina. Clean, athletic lines and an overall simple look is the Key to this model’s aesthetics, and Scaglietti crafted the body.

Details like the big hood scoop, the dramatically sloping fastback, aggressive grille, and those wide-set headlights communicate this is a vehicle with a purpose, not something just thrown together. Of course, that purpose is track racing, Enzo Ferrari’s true love.

The interior also has a simple, effective layout. A large tachometer and speedometer with smaller oil pressure gauge, sit behind the steering wheel. Four small gauges sit to the right for easy reference. The elegant, minimized design combined with everything else makes this a true driver’s car.

SWB stands for short wheelbase. That translates to even better handling than the longer version of the car, which bodes quite well for motorsports. Just 176 were built, and that is a Key elements fueling ever-rising prices today. So, it is a rare treat to see one of these driven hard by someone daring and capable enough to track drive the SWB so deftly.

Ferrari is the Aristocrat of the automotive sector.

Enzo Ferrari’s iconic Italian Supercar manufacturer claimed the title according to the latest Brand Finance Global 500 2019 report launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

HeffX-LTN overall technical outlook for RACE is Very Bullish, overhead resistance is at 172.05 and Key support at 154.75 as all Key indicators turned Very Bullish and the stock has established long term support ahead of this breakout.

Ferrari finished at 164.56, +0.16 Tuesday in NY.

Ferrari will continue to create value in the long term. Ferrari is a quality 1st long term luxury products investment, and I see it at 200+/share in that frame.

Stay tuned…

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