1959 Ferrari 250 GT SWB

The Ferrari 250 GT SWB is a rear wheel drive automobile, with its motor placed in the front, and a 2 door coupé body designed by Pininfarina. Powering the Ferrari 250 GT SWB is a single overhead camshaft, 3 litre naturally aspirated 12 cylinder powerplant, with 2 valves per cylinder that provides power and torque figures of 276 bhp (280 PS/206 kW) at 7000 rpm and 260 N·m (192 lb·ft/26.5 kgm) at 6000 rpm respectively. The engine delivers its power through to the wheels via a 4 speed manual transmission. The stated weight at the kerb is 957 kg. It is said to be able to achieve a maxiumum speed of 270 km/h (168 mph).

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Ferrari 250 GT SWB -
Ferrari 250 GT SWB
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Key facts

1959 Ferrari 250 GT SWB information summary

What body style?
2 door fixed-head coupé with 2 seats
How long?
4318 mm
How heavy?
957 kg
What size engine?
3 litre, 2953 cm3
How many cylinders?
12, V
How much power?
280 PS / 276 bhp / 206 kW @ 7000 rpm
How much torque?
260 Nm / 192 ft.lb / 26.5 kgm @ 6000 rpm
How fast?
270 km/h, 168 mph

Ferrari 250 models

Ferrari 250 GTO -
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 5M 2953 cm3 300 PS 296 bhp 221 kW 878 kg
Ferrari 250 LM -
2 door fixed-head coupé MR 5M 3286 cm3 320 PS 316 bhp 236 kW 850 kg
Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso -
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 2953 cm3 250 PS 247 bhp 184 kW 1020 kg
Ferrari 250 GT SWB -
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 2953 cm3 280 PS 276 bhp 206 kW 957 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 2963 cm3 220 PS 217 bhp 162 kW 800 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 2953 cm3 250 PS 247 bhp 184 kW 900 kg
1959 Ferrari 250 GT SWB data
bodywork
Body type2 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors2
DesignerPininfarina
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2400 mm 94.5 inches
Track/tread (front) 1354 mm 53.3 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1349 mm 53.1 inches
Length 4318 mm 170 inches
Width 1600 mm 63 inches
Height 1270 mm 50 inches
Ground clearance 152 mm 6 inches
length:wheelbase ratio 1.8
Kerb weight 957 kg 2110 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 88.6 litres 19.5 UK Gal 23.4 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Ferrari
Engine code
Cylinders V 12 in 60° vee
Capacity 3 litre
2953 cc
(180.203 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 73 × 58.8 mm
2.87 × 2.31 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.24
Valve gear single overhead camshaft (SOHC)
2 valves per cylinder
24 valves in total
maximum power output
(Gross)
280 PS (276 bhp) (206 kW)
at 7000 rpm
Specific output
(Gross)
93.5 bhp/litre
1.53 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(Gross)
260 Nm (192 ft·lb) (26.5 kgm)
at 6000 rpm
Specific torque
(Gross)
88.05 Nm/litre
1.06 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump
compression ratio 9.2:1
Fuel system 3 We carbs
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1106.4 kPa (160.5 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 246.08 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 270 km/h (168 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 292.41 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
215.06 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
288.4 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.13 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 4.65 kg/kW
7.77 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres/100km
km/litre
UK MPG
US MPG
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering
turns lock-to-lock 3.000
Turning circle 9.20 m
Front suspension I.W.CS.
Rear suspension LA.SE.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R Di/Di-S
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Braked area
Gearbox 4 speed manual
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 4.57
general
Carfolio.com ID68926
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 39.6
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1959 Ferrari 250 GT SWB added before December 1995.
Last modified 2014-03-09.