The Ferrari Classiche Department recently re-delivered a stunning Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competition to a customer following a 14 month full restoration. Chassis number 2321GT, this car has had a particularly colourful history, culminating in the recent nut and bolt restoration carried out at the Ferrari factory. Rumours suggest this was a pre-condition to gaining the coveted Certificates of Authenticity.
The car appears to be owned by famous Swiss collector and dealership owner Tiziano Carugati. It was originally delivered new from the factory to Italian racer Dorio Serafini on 02 February 1961. In 1964, ownership was transferred to Frenchman René Richard who crashed it almost immediately, employing Lucien Bianchi to complete the bodywork. It was sold to Jacques Pollet in the same year which is where the controversy began.
Jacques Pollet enjoyed the car until 1977 when it was mysteriously reported as stolen. The car was subsequently found and detailed investigations were carried out by Pollet’s insurance company. To cut a long story short, it was eventually found that Pollet had deceived the insurance company, although the exact circumstances of the fraud are not readily known.
Once again the car traded hands following an auction. In 1985 it suffered a further accident before being separated from its original engine in 1990. It took until 1997 to reunite the chassis with its original engine. Since then, the car has taken part in Tour Auto many times. It now appears that the swiss collector has purchased the car and sought to confirm the provenance of the engine and chassis combination.
Prior to restoration, chassis number 2321GT had yellow paintwork and and a brown interior. Post restoration, it wears silver paintwork and a brown interior. It is difficult to comprehend the amount of work which went into this car, although we’re sure that the invoice for the final works fully reflects this!