1961 was a fairly stellar year for Ferrari in GT racing. Highlighted here are two 1961 250 GT Berlinetta Passo Corto SWB chassis cars that did very well in the summer of that same year.
The #14 car was a French entry into the top GT class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1961 driven by Noblet and Guichet. The race that year was brutal, with 55 cars entered only 22 finished. This car finished 3rd overall, first in GT, behind two Ferrari 250 Testarossa’s in the upper Sports class. In fact 6th place was also taken by another 1961 250 GT, a solid testament to the cars endurance.
Later that summer, the #7 car driven by Stirling Moss at the Goodwood Circuit would take the Tourist Trophy for the second time, repeating his success from the year prior in an older chassis 250 GT.
Though both cars are nearly identical chassis it is interesting to see how both are presented. The #14 car was developed for endurance racing while the #7 car saw shorter GT sprint races. One quick detail to spot is the the endurance car features a filtered intake while the sprint car uses open velocity stacks surrounded by a heat shield.
I picked these Hot Wheel Elite’s up from Diecast Select’s going out of business sale for basically two for one so it was a no brainer to add these two to my sports car race collection. I’m really trying to focus my 1:18th collection to mainly sports and racing cars between the 50's and 60's since it is really my favorite era of motorsports. If any of you have something from this era that you’re willing to let go let me know because I’m willing to give up quite a few of my other 1:18's in exchange.
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