Stirling Moss Ferrari 250 GT SWB that he raced to victory three times in 1960 sells for $11 million
Vintage Ferrari cars have always been the preferred investment car for collectors and vintage car enthusiasts. Over the years, we have seen the most expensive classic cars sold at auctions, which have Ferraris at the helm, with a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO sold for $32 million to the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa sold for $16.39 million, and the apple green 1962 Ferrari GTO especially made for the Britain’s iconic racing driver Stirling Moss which recently got sold for whopping $35 million to become the world’s most expensive car. However, it’s been interesting to note that Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss’s association with Ferrari truly adds a significant value to it. And it becomes apparent from the recent sale of iconic Ferrari 250 GT SWB raced to victory three times in 1960 by Stirling Moss for $11 million, to become the most expensive British car sold in auction, after the single-seater supercharged 1929 ‘Blower’ Bentley got sold for $7.8 million, achieving the highest price for British car sold at a public auction.
83-year old Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss, who began his racing career in 1948 at the age of 18 in a Cooper 500, and is regarded one of the ‘greatest drivers ever to win the World Championship’ and one of the ‘greatest drivers in Formula One history’ to win 16 F 1 Grands Prix, drove this Ferrari 250 GT SWB with chassis number 2119 back in 1960, and went on to win all the three race out of three.
Owned by businessman Nigel Corner since 2003, this particular Ferrari was privately sold in the past weeks, and is said to be sympathetically restored by Hertfordshire-based DK Engineering in the 1980s.
Under the bonnet of this machine that features all of its original components, includes a 3-litre V12 engine and gearbox, which enables it to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds with a top speed of 152 mph.
Besides, we have also seen the Mercedes McLaren SLR Stirling Moss, which is a sports car inspired by the Mercedes 300 SLRs driven by racing legend Sterling Moss in the ‘50s.