In the 1980s and 1990s Terry Hoyle was a leading expert for historic Ferraris. He worked on some of the most fabulous ones including the collections of Pierre Bardinon and Nick Mason. After restoring so many of the SWB, GTO, Testoratossa and « P » cars. He decided to build for discerning connoisseurs a few conversions with no expense spared. Terry would focus his talent on converting the mechanical components. And the famous panel beater Rod Jolley would create the bodywork.
Gabriele Rafanelli, a well known Italian businessman at this time, had a passion for cutting edge technology and racing.
After building and running the Italian boat for the America’s cup he found «Team Bigazzi». It has become one of the two factory BMW teams in Endurance. DTM and Le Mans with Schnitzer. In 1992 the demanding Rafanelli who resided in the UK at the time. He knew about Terry Hoyle’s skills and ordered from him both a 250 SWB and a GTO. For information Rafanelli’s GTO is now in the fabulous collection of Brian Ross in the USA.
This 250 SWB is based on the series III GTE chassis 4553 GT. It was sparingly used in the UK and Italy as it had only covered 3,600 km. When it was sold via Art & Revs’ owner Florent MOULIN in 2006 to another UK collector. He sold the car to our customer in 2019 having added only 1,600km to it. The car is presented in immaculate condition. This SWB shows no sign of its age and it looks like it has just rolled out of Terry Hoyle’s workshop.
Some say the 250 SWB is the most superb Ferrai ever and this is an amazing opportunity to acquire the best possible example. A a fraction of the cost of an original one but offering identical pleasure aesthetically and the same thrill behind the wheel.