This 250 GT SWB started life in 1960 as a Berlinetta Competizione. #2209 GT was officially delivered October 19th, 1960 to Ardilio Tavoni of Modena, who is widely thought to have been acting for the well-known racing driver, Jo Schlesser. And indeed, the Ferrari was put to work almost immediately when it was entered in the 1000 Kms of Montlhèry just four days later, driven by Schlesser and co-driver Andrè Simon, finishing third overall. The next race on record was at Monza on March 12th, 1961, the Coppa St. Ambroeus, where it was driven by Alessandro (Sandro) Zafferri to 3rd in the 3 litre class.
In November of 1962 Milan native Gianni Roghi became the second registered owner. Several races followed with Roghi driving. In late 1966 or 1967 Roghi crashed the car. While the extent of the damage is not known, Roghi sold his Ferrari to Tullio Lombardo, from Milan, on January 23rd 1967.
On December 22nd, 1967, Lombardo sold 2209 GT to Gastone Crepaldi, the Ferrari concessionaire for the Lombardy region, and in 1968, he commissioned Piero Drogo's Carrozzeria Sports Cars in Modena to construct a new body following a design by Tadini. At the same time, the engine was replaced with the 250 GTE engine from #4921 GT.
On May 29th 1969, 2209 GT, now wearing its smart new Drogo coachwork, was sold to Miss Maryvonne Lassus of St. Vite, France. She kept the car for just two years before selling it to Eric Russli Birchler of Paris on February 18th 1971.
Eventually, Birchler sold 2209 GT to Bernard Cros-Lafage. At this point the story gets interesting, as the car was reported stolen in 1978. As it turns out, it seems most likely that Cros-Lafage had some sort of dispute with a garage over repairs or storage, and the car was sold to settle the account. Later, after a thorough investigation by the French police and the UK Fine Arts squad, the ownership of the car was confirmed, and all subsequent owners have enjoyed clear title.
The next owner was a M. Marty in Toulouse, who repainted the car metallic blue. On July 9th, 1979, UK resident Stuart Passey became the ninth owner. Passey commissioned DK Engineering to conduct a total restoration, receiving a 250 GT SWB style body. The car was refinished in its original Jo Schlesser Madagascar racing colors of white with twin green stripes.
It is said that Passey had kept the body for a while but then decided to scrap it and only the rectangular radiator grille with headlights were kept as a trophy for his garage wall, but other sources state that the Drogo body had been reused for #2065GT, a 1960 250 GT Pininfarina Coupe, which had been fitted with a similar Tadini/Drogo body before.
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