Ferrari 250 GT SWB

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Ferrari 250 GT Short Wheel Base Tyres


  • The 250 GT Berlinetta SWB cars that left the factory as road cars fitted 185 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67.
  • Often as road cars these days people like to fit a wider 205/70 VR 15 Michelin XWX. It is worth pointing out that this modern low profile tyre technology was not invented until 1968.
  • Predominantly the Ferrari 250 GT Short Wheel Base is used on the track and they will want 15" Dunlop Racing Tyres (these tyres are not road legal however).
  • For these tyres we recommend the Michelin 15F Offset Valve inner tube.
  • Tyre pressures are very difficult to recommend tyre pressures for cars like the Short wheelbase Ferrari 250 GT. We might suggest 28 front and 33 rear as a start, but if anyone has any data we would love to see it.

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    Ferrari 250 GT SWB Recommended Tyres


  1. 205/70VR15 Michelin XWX
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    205/70 VR 15 Michelin XWX

    Starting at £380.40 £317.00

  2. 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO
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    185 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67

    Starting at £294.00 £245.00

  3. Michelin 15F Offset Valve Inner Tube
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    Michelin 15F Offset Valve Inner Tube

    Starting at £21.60 £18.00


  4. Other Options for Ferrari 250 GT SWB Tyres


  5. 175HR400 PIRELLI CINTURATO
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    175 HR 400 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67

    Starting at £265.20 £221.00

  6. 205/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12
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    205/70 R 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12

    Starting at £274.80 £229.00

  7. 205/70WR15 PIRELLI P5
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    205/70 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO P5

    Starting at £238.80 £199.00

  8. 205/70 ZR 15 Pirelli P4000
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    205/70 ZR 15 Pirelli P4000
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  9. 185HR15 Michelin XVS-P
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    185 HR 15 Michelin XVS-P

    Starting at £259.20 £216.00

  10. 185VR15 Michelin XVS
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    185 R 15 Michelin XVS

    Starting at £339.60 £283.00

  11. 180HR15 Michelin XAS
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    180 HR 15 Michelin XAS

    Starting at £278.40 £232.00

  12. 185 R 15 Michelin XVS White Wall Tyres
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    185 R 15 Michelin XVS White Wall Tyres

    Starting at £316.80 £264.00

  13. ER/70R15 Dunlop SP Sport Aquajet
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    ER/70 VR 15 Dunlop SP Sport Aquajet

    Starting at £334.80 £279.00

  14. 185VR15 Dunlop SP Sport Aquajet
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    185 x 15 Dunlop SP Sport Aquajet

    Starting at £286.80 £239.00

  15. 205/70VR15 Avon CR6ZZ
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    205/70 - 15 Avon CR6ZZ

    Starting at £393.60 £328.00

  16. 185VR15 Avon Turbosteel
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    185R15 Avon Turbosteel

    Starting at £267.60 £223.00

  17. 205/70VR15 Avon CR28
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    205/70-15 Avon CR28

    Starting at £271.20 £226.00

  18. 205/70VR15 Vredestein Classic
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    205/70 / 15 Vredestein Classic

    Starting at £297.60 £248.00

  19. 185HR15 Vredestein Classic
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    185 - 15 Vredestein Classic

    Starting at £178.80 £149.00

  20. 165HR15 Galaxy Whitewall
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    185 HR 15 Galaxy Whitewall

    Starting at £144.00 £120.00

  21. Jeu de 4 175HR400 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
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    Set of 4 175 HR400 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67

    Starting at £1,020.00 £850.00

  22. Jeu de 5 175HR400 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
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    Set of 5 175R400 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67

    Starting at £1,200.00 £1,000.00

  23. Set of 4 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
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    Set of 4 185 R15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67

    Starting at £1,140.00 £950.00

  24. Set of 5 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
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    Set of 5 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67

    Starting at £1,402.80 £1,169.00

  25. Jeu de 4 205/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12
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    Set of 4 205/70 R15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12

    Starting at £1,030.80 £859.00

  26. Jeu de 5 205/70WR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12
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    Set of 5 205/70R15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN12

    Starting at £1,282.80 £1,069.00

  27. Set of 4 180HR15 Michelin XAS
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    Set of 4 180 R15 Michelin XAS

    Starting at £984.00 £820.00

  28. Jeu de 5 180HR15 Michelin XAS OFFRE
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    Set of 5 180 R 15 Michelin XAS

    Starting at £1,200.00 £1,000.00

  29. 225/70VR15 Michelin XWX
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    Set of 4 205/70 VR15 Michelin XWX

    Starting at £1,320.00 £1,100.00

  30. 225/70VR15 Michelin XWX
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    Set of 5 205/70VR15 Michelin XWX

    Starting at £1,620.00 £1,350.00

  31. 185 HR15 Michelin XVS Whitewall
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    Set of 4 185 HR15 Michelin XVS Whitewall

    Starting at £1,076.28 £896.90

  32. 185R15 Michelin XVS Whitewall
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    Set of 5 185R15 Michelin XVS Whitewall

    Starting at £1,316.28 £1,096.90

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History of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB

The 1959 250 GT Berlinetta SWB, one of the most renowned GT racers of its day, had a short (2,400 mm) wheelbase for superior handling. Steel and aluminium bodywork were utilised in the varying road ("lusso") and racing trims on the 176 examples produced. The engine output ranged from 237 to 276 horsepower.

Giotto Bizzarrini, Carlo Chiti, and young Mauro Forghieri worked on the development of the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, the same group that eventually developed the 250 GTO. Disc brakes were a first for a Ferrari GT, and the combination of low weight, power, and well-tuned suspension made it highly competitive. It was introduced in October at the Paris Motor Show and soon began selling and racing.

Ferrari won the GT class of the 1961 Constructor's Championship with the SWB Berlinetta. Before giving way to the GTOs, he also won the Tour de France Automobile in 1960, 1961, and 1962. In 2004, Sports Car International ranked the 250 GT SWB seventh among the Top Sports Cars of the 1960s, while Motor Trend Classic ranked it fifth among the ten "Greatest Ferraris of All Time."


Ferrari 250 SWB with Dunlop Racing

The first picture shows a Ferrari 250 GT SWB having it's tyres changed by Longstone Classic tyres when we were providing a classic tyre fitting service at Le Mans Classic. The car in the picture has got Dunlop Racing tyres fitted and the tyres people will choose to fit will be determined by the race series they are competing with.


Ferrari 250 SWB with Dunlop Racing
Ferrari 250 Short Wheel Base Tyres

Ferrari 250 Short Borrani Wheel Base Tyres

However, though the majority of SWB 250 Gt Ferrari's these days will be set up for the track, in period if you wanted your Ferrari 250 GT SWB for the road it would have come fitted with 185 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67 tyres which was the original radial tyre fitted by Ferrari upon leaving the factory, and is still the best tyre to fit today.


SWB Show
SWB Tire

Longstone Ferrari 250 GT SWB
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Tyre

As shown in the pictures above, the Ferrari 250 GT SWB can fit Borrani alloy rimmed wire wheels, a brilliant period alternative wheel that has a period-authentic look and unmatched quality. However, these wheels are not original equipment.


Borrani Wire Wheels

Borrani wheels are available for your Ferrari 250 GT SWB. As agents for the iconic Ruote Borrani Milano company we are able to supply all wheels from their extensive range.

The Short Wheel Base Ferrari 250 GT fitted either 5.5” RW 3591 or 6” RW 3690 Borrani wheels. The 5.5” was more common, but there are other options for racing.

If your Borrani wheels require rebuilding then please contact us at sales@borrani.co.uk

Ferrari 250 GT SWB wheels made by Ruote Borrani Milano are, without doubt, the best wire wheels available. Borrani wheels utilise aluminium rims, steel spokes and steel wheel centres.

Click the link for Ferrari 250 GT SWB Borrani wheels.

Wheels made by Borrani are available in the following styles:

  • Painted silver finish, as per the racing wheels of the period
  • Polished and chrome finish, highly polished rim, chrome spokes & wheel centre
  • Painted finish with polished outer edge

Aston Martin DB5 Borrani


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