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Ray Mallock Limited x Ferrari 250 SWB : Redefining beauty

After making a name for himself behind the wheel of the best sports cars in the 80s, Ray Mallock developed his own business as a car tuner, before handing over to his son Michael ten years ago. Michael quickly felt that vintage models were selling fast at auctions. The only problem with vintage cars is that their antediluvian design makes them as painful to drive as they are unfit to conform to new standards. The solution: to keep the gorgeous design, and to change everything else. If the operation is quite common on Porsche 911s or Jaguar E-Types, few Ferrari owners have dared to do it. Michael Mallock saw it as a great opportunity to be noticed and chose one of the craziest models to work on: the 250 SWB (short wheel base). She’s the queen of auctions, and you can expect to pay between 15 and 20 millions euros for one. The Ferrari 250 SWB embodies the perfection that Steve McQueen himself was convinced of at the time. But to make it a car that can be used on a daily basis, Mallock actually started with another Ferrari, the 550 Maranello from the 90s. Once stripped of its bodywork, the chassis was shortened to fit the proportions of the 250. Mechanically, the 12-cylinder Ferrari, the gearbox and all the technical parts date back from the 90s (air conditioning, 6-speed gearbox, ABS…). In addition to that, there is another essential component: the massive use of carbon wherever possible, which has allowed the whole thing to gain nearly 300kg. A real wonder.

Ray Mallock Limited x Ferrari 250 SWB : Redefining beauty

After making a name for himself behind the wheel of the best sports cars in the 80s, Ray Mallock developed his own business as a car tuner, before handing over to his son Michael ten years ago. Michael quickly felt that vintage models were selling fast at auctions. The only problem with vintage cars is that their antediluvian design makes them as painful to drive as they are unfit to conform to new standards. The solution: to keep the gorgeous design, and to change everything else. If the operation is quite common on Porsche 911s or Jaguar E-Types, few Ferrari owners have dared to do it. Michael Mallock saw it as a great opportunity to be noticed and chose one of the craziest models to work on: the 250 SWB (short wheel base). She’s the queen of auctions, and you can expect to pay between 15 and 20 millions euros for one. The Ferrari 250 SWB embodies the perfection that Steve McQueen himself was convinced of at the time. But to make it a car that can be used on a daily basis, Mallock actually started with another Ferrari, the 550 Maranello from the 90s. Once stripped of its bodywork, the chassis was shortened to fit the proportions of the 250. Mechanically, the 12-cylinder Ferrari, the gearbox and all the technical parts date back from the 90s (air conditioning, 6-speed gearbox, ABS…). In addition to that, there is another essential component: the massive use of carbon wherever possible, which has allowed the whole thing to gain nearly 300kg. A real wonder.

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