It's not uncommon for a Ferrari-badged machine to make millions at auction, but this rare 1962 Ferrari 250GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale could exceed the £10m mark – a huge amount, even for a 'Prancing Horse'.
The reason why? It's one-of-a-kind – adapted from the standard 250GT SWB by designer Giuseppe "Nuccio" Bertone to suit his own tastes. Founded by father and son team Giovanni and Nuccio Bertone, Italian coachbuilding firm Carrozzeria Bertone had worked with all of the big European brands by the start of the swinging sixties – all apart from Ferrari.
Young Nuccio decided it was time to stop waiting and get to work on building his own Ferrari and, with the help of rookie designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, ordered a 250GT SWB in 1962 so he could modify it into his very own dream car – a unique 250 GT Berlinetta Speciale.
Making a public appearance at the Geneva Motor Show that same year Nuccio proudly presented his newly created pride and joy at shows across Europe, with fellow enthusiasts lusting after his one-of-a-kind machine.
Over its lifetime, this 250GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale swapped hands too many times to keep count, before ending up as the daily commuter for a Californian musician who covered a hefty 100,000 miles in 13 years. It's currently owned by a collector in Mexico and, although it's been restored a number of times in the past three decades, it still features its original engine, gearbox and chassis – giving it real history.
Auhtor: Sophie Williamson-Stothert