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by Adam Lynton
Two unique 250 GT models now on display at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Italy.
Ferrari's legendary 250 series is widely regarded as the most important of the Italian supercar maker's classic cars, spawning the GTO, Testa Rossa, California Spyder and Lusso. The Ferrari 250 series is turning 60-years-old this year, and to mark the occasion the Ferrari Museum in Maranello is displaying two unique GT models: a pair of road-going and racing models built between 1952 and 1963 that sported Giachino Colombo's famous 3.0-liter V12 engine.
One is the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB (competition version) finished in a classic blue and white livery in which Sterling Moss won four races in 1961; and the other is the so-called Breadvan, commissioned by Count Volpi di Misurata and developed by Piero Drogo and Giotto Bizzarrini to compete against the 250 GTO. As the car looked more like a racing van than a car, its square shape coming from experimental aerodynamic styling, the British quickly dubbed the car, based on the same running gear as the 250 SWB, the Breadvan. It was one of the first ever shooting brakes and also the inspiration of the new FF.
It would be remiss of anyone travelling to Maranello not to pop into the Ferrari Museum, which also displays a host of high-profile historic cars, Formula 1 cars and the latest road-going GT's. If your travel plans aren't so exotic then this picture gallery will have to suffice.