(from Ferrari Press
Release) The Rob Walker/Stirling Moss Ferrari 250 GT
Berlinetta competizione, chassis no. 2735
Maranello, 30th April
2009 - Chassis no. 2735 was one of only three right-hand drive
Competition short-wheelbase cars. It was also the second Rob Walker/Stirling
Moss GT Berlinetta, the other being chassis no. 2119.
It was also the only 250 GT Berlinetta to be raced in period by no
fewer than three great drivers of the day – as well as Stirling
Moss, it was also raced by Graham Hill and Innes Ireland.
The car was delivered to Le Mans on the 6th of June 1961, in Rob
Walker colours, but to race for Luigi Chinetti’s NART team. The car
weighed in at 1107 Kilogrammes.
The Race History
Le Mans 24 Hours
Stirling Moss and Graham Hill. GT Lap record. DNF. Running 3rd
overall in the 9th hour, well ahead of the other works prototypes
until a fan blade broke loose and sheared the water pump.
Silverstone International Trophy
Stirling Moss 1st OA, Pole Position and GT lap record. Moss faces
the newly launched and all-conquering E-Types for the first time and
beats Graham Hill, Bruce McLaren and Roy Salvadori, all driving
Brands Hatch. Peco Trophy
Stirling Moss 1st OA, Pole Position and GT Lap record. Moss again
sees off Mike Parkes in the other SWB as well as Graham Hill,
Salvadori and McLaren in the E-Types.
Goodwood Tourist Trophy
Stirling Moss 1st OA. Moss wins his 7th and last TT, defeating
Parkes in a SWB and Jim Clark and Salvadori in Aston Martin DB4
Zagatos. Giotto Bizzarrini, who oversaw the Ferraris at the race,
then drove #2735 over the Alps and back to Maranello.
Nassau Tourist Trophy
Stirling Moss 1st OA. This is the last race Moss will win before his
Daytona USA 3 hours
Innes Ireland DNF. The car was now assigned to UDT-Laystall although
still racing in Rob Walker colours
Oulton Park GT Race
Innes Ireland 4th OA. GT Lap record. Pole Position.
Chassis no. 2735 was the Ferrari most raced by Moss (five races out
of 12 Ferrari drives) and also the car he won most races in. He
describes it as the ‘best GT car in the world’.
The car was then bought by Chris Kerrison, painted silver and raced
with some distinction, before crashing into John Surtees’ GTO and
Jim Clark’s Aston Martin DB4 Zagato at the 1962 Goodwood Tourist
Trophy. After this it was sent to Ferrari for repairs, but Kerrison
then entrusted the car to Bizzarrini who had Drogo build a pseudo
GTO on the chassis. The car was variously raced at Spa, the
Nürburgring, the Tour de France and many British circuits. It was
later owned and raced by the Hon. Patrick Lindsay, Dick Crosthwaite
and Vic Norman amongst others. In 1983 the Drogo body, which had
been crashed and was deteriorating, was removed by a UK specialist
and replaced with new bodywork to the original Scaglietti GT
Berlinetta short-wheelbase design.
In late 2007 the current owner, Clive Beecham, entrusted Ferrari
Classic with a complete body-off restoration. The car, which has a
continuous, uninterrupted history, had - naturally enough for a
racing car - been subject to numerous repairs over the years. When
stripped by Ferrari Classiche, a number of incorrect repairs to the
chassis came to light, and these were rectified according to the
factory’s original chassis blueprints.
The engine was totally overhauled, with a correct-specification
engine block being cast by the factory to replace the non-original
block that had been fitted in 1967. At the same, the original
specification Weber 46s were fitted, the transmission and
differential were overhauled, and all worn or non-original
components repaired or replaced with original parts. Where original
parts were no longer available - such as pistons and connecting
rods, cam shafts, gear selector forks, aluminium riveted fuel tank
and exhaust system - these were remanufactured by Ferrari Classiche
using the designs from the company’s extensive archives.
In respect of the car’s provenance, Ferrari Classiche carried out a
fine-tuning operation on the bodywork. All the existing body panels
were retained, but a number of structural areas were rectified where
modifications had been made in period when the car was rebodied by
Drogo and the scuttle line lowered.
The result is a 250 GT Berlinetta that completely respects the
criteria of correct technical specifications and authenticity as
laid down by Ferrari, with every single component corresponding to
the exact description of the car according to the build sheet when
it left the factory in June 1961.
This department was set
up in 2006 to provide owners of classic, veteran and historic
Ferraris with dedicated maintenance, repair and renovation services,
technical assistance and authenticity certification. Thus far a
total of 1,000 certification requests have been processed. The
certification process involves researching the original designs of
the historic Prancing Horse cars held in the Company’s own Archive
which houses details of all of the GT, competition and sports
prototype cars built by Ferrari since its foundation. Any work done
on the cars is carried out in compliance with those original
designs. In all, 28 full restorations have been carried out at
Ferrari Classiche’s dedicated workshop.
2009 will be a very important year for Ferrari collectors as we will
be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the launch of the 250 GT
Berlinetta SWB. In fact, this legendary car will get a category all
of its own in the Concours d’Elegance taking place in Florence
between May 1st and 3rd. A fantastic 250 Testa Rossa will also be
the star of the “Leggenda e Passione” auction being staged by RM
Auctions in collaboration with Sotheby’s, at the Fiorano Circuit on