As it’s Ferrari Friday for many petrolheads on social media, we thought we would take the opportunity to look a classic Ferrari with an amazing past, the Rob Walker/Stirling Moss Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta competizione…
Back in 1959 at the Paris Auto Show, Ferrari unveiled one of their most beautiful GT’s ever. Continuing the development of the famous 250 GT series, the Maranello engineers shortened the wheelbase of the current 250 GT of the time, in doing so improving handling and maneuverability. The V12 under the bonnet was also improved upon, now giving as much as 280 horsepower, and PininFarina (who else?!) created the stunning bodywork.
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 E-Types.
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 accident.
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.