Even so, complacency might have been understandable in Modena during 1961. Ferrari had just “tripled”, winning the Formula 1 World Drivers and Constructors titles plus the 1961 World Sports Car Championship; a first. As parochial as Enzo Ferrari seemed -- at an age when most men sought the ease of retirement -- he felt strong winds of change blowing through motorsport.
By 1961 fresh theories, technologies and threats were sprouting on the road, track and in the showroom. New World Championship rules focused on grand touring cars made an even more muscular and specialized evolution of the versatile SWB seem prudent.
The SWB was a hard act to follow. Yet the result was another famous Ferrari three-liter V-12 GT coupe, a pure descendant of the SWB -- created on the SWB’s frame -- that also became known, unofficially but permanently, by its three immortal initials: GTO.
“The ‘SWB’ was touched by genius,”
said Bill Warner, founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
“It was engineered by Giotto Bizzarrini, Carlo Chiti and Mauro Forghieri, the body was designed by Pininfarina and constructed by Scaglietti. The 250 SWB is among the greatest and most enduring automobile shapes of all time.”