Cavallino Magazine issue 25

January / February 1985

Language American English language icon American English
Editor Stanley Nowak
Publishing John W. Barnes, Jr.
Dimensions softcover, 48 pages, 208 x 277 mm

American English language icon Cover The Ferrari 250 GT SWB, s/n 2689 GT

Robert T. Devlin


The Magazine for Ferrari Enthusiasts

Cavallino is the journal of Ferrari history, covering Ferraris old and new for over 40 years. It's the most reliable, most trusted source of everything Ferrari. Ever since the first issue in 1978 Cavallino presents extensive stories and detailed information from knowledgeable experts and enthusiasts who share the passion for Ferrari. All Ferraris are unique, and each one has its own chassis serial number. This is how the Ferrari world keeps track of all the great cars. Cavallino is the only publication that prints the serial number for every Ferrari mentioned in our stories, articles, and race results.

Cover of Cavallino Magazine issue 25, January / February 1985

Table of Contents

Page Section Description
1 Ecco Ecco
4 Lettere Lettere
4 Additions and Corrections Additions and Corrections
6 Ferrari in Print
Every Ferrari Book known to Man, and then Some

"Sig. Bibliotecario"


Enzo Ferrari and his many herculean endeavours have caused, in the course of his long and fruitful existence, exciting cars to be built, exciting races to be run, exciting times to be lived and enjoyed and relived by those who knew him and his work.
Just as his cars have spewed forth from the factory gates in wondrous profusion over the years, the number of books spilled forth from the pens of Ferrari auteurs is almost as numerous.
20 Feature SWB - part 1
The Two Fifty Gran Truism Short Wheelbase Berlinetta - an ideal Combination

Robert Devlin, Richard F. Merritt, J.P. Caron


The SWB got its name innocently enough - just a short descriptive tag at first of "short wheelbase" added to its 250 GT type number to distinguish it from the previous long wheelbase 250 GT - but that name was retained over the years and come to represent an automobile of superior and uncompromising qualities. In its heyday, in both competition and street forms, it had speed in abundance, unflagging power, unrivalled reliability, precision steering, uniform handling, and sheer good look.
30 Feature SWB Spotter's Guide

Jonathan Thompson


The SWB is a good example of the many changes Ferrari and Pininfarina could make on a car in the course of three years; some were functional and some were cosmetic, but all added to the ensuing confusion of what an SWB should look like. This guide will help, but be warned, it is only general.
34 Feature SWB Serial Numbers
A list of all known Ferrari 250 GT short wheelbase serial numbers, which also denotes whether the car was a race model or street car, and which provides a few comments on those cars that deserve a mention.
39 Notizie Ferrari in Piccolo

Jacques Vaucher, Susan Dolan

Rotarex, R. Doucet


While the cliche that limitation is a sincere form of flattery often leads to poor quality copies of non-memorable work, inspired replication offers an alternative way to appreciate objects worth savouring.
What replication can be more inspired than precise 1/43rd scale Ferrari models? The miniatures are scaled-down versions of these machines, which then can be constructed by professional model builders or put together from detailed kits.
40 Notizie New Poster Calendar

Gunther Raupp


We received a copy of the new Ferrari 1985 poster / calendar put out by the Project F1 Publishing Company in Germany. The calendar is large measuring 19x27 inches, and it is superbly printed as are most printed pieces from Germany, but what is unusual about this particular calendar, and what sets it apart from most calendars of this type, is the different treatment given to the cars.
41 News and Notes News and Notes

Gente Motori, Pininfarina


45 Corse Heard over the Factory Wall

Autosprint, Giorgio Piola


As the Ferrari team practiced away during the winter months to make ready for the 1985 season, a whole hoots interesting rumours swirled about the Scuderia, some probably and some possible, and all definitely interesting.
47 Corse On the Good Old Days

Sidell Tighman


Old Racing Ferraris never die, thankfully and survive through two worthwhile pursuits. One is by way of a thorough restoration, where the car is safely stored and shown with pride at select Concours d'Elegance.
The other way is not as safe, treacherous even, but the cares are cited for almost as much and survive in even greater glory. This latter path is in vintage racing.