posted 6 years ago

Stirling Moss Ferrari Sells For £7 Million

Ferrari 250 GT SWB History

A Ferrari 250 GT SWB raced by Sir Stirling Moss has sold for more than £7 million, the Daily Mail has reported. This makes it one of the most expensive cars ever sold in the United Kingdom. Cars of this nature – much like historic artwork – tend to be sold behind closed doors so we can only guess who now owns this thrilling coupé. But whoever it is has bought a thoroughbred racer. The Ferrari was built in August 1960 and has a 3.0-litre V12 that produces 300bhp and propels it to 62mph in 6.2 seconds. Remarkable figures for the day. Moss' first victory in the car came via the Tourist Trophy at Goodwood. Here, it thrashed the competition by covering 108 laps in 3 hours at an average 85mph. It also took the chequered flag at Brands Hatch and won the Nassau Tourist Trophy. Moss then handed the Ferrari to Englishman Mike Parkes in 1961. It then won a race at Snetterton, took the Fordwater Trophy at Goodwood and the Molyslip Trophy that year. But these efforts took their toll on Chassis 2119. It was therefore restored in the eighties and has been beautifully maintained ever since. It even has the original engine and transmission.

Sir Stirling Moss' Career

Sir Stirling Moss OBE was born in London in 1929. He started racing in 1948 in a Cooper 500 and went on to drive 107 types of car across every type of motor sport. This totalled 527 races of which he won 212 (56.53%). But he is best known for racing in Formula 1 with Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, Vanwall, Rob Walker, Cooper and Lotus. Moss competed at this level between 1951 and 1961 and took 16 wins, 24 podiums, 185 points, and 16 pole positions from 66 races. These achievements earned him second in the Driver's Championship on four occasions. He was then robbed of his chance to take the top spot by a serious accident at Goodwood during the Glover Trophy of 1962. Sir Stirling spent a month in a comer and was left partially parilised on his left side. However, he recovered to a point which enabled him to test a Lotus at a priavte session. Unfortunatley, though, he had lost some prowess behind the wheel and retired. Racing fans have subsuqently speculated that given more time he might have ragained all of his skill. But Moss' retirment did nothing to damage his reputation. He is regarded as one of the greatest racing drivers of all time - and that is why his Ferrari 250 GT SWB is worth over £7 million.