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Car Review, Figures and Specs for the Ferrari 250 GTO - [1962]

Ferrari 250 GTO


Arguably one of the most beautiful Ferraris of all time



Arguably one of the most beautiful Ferraris of all time, the Ferrari 250 GTO was produced between 1962 to 1964 for homologation into the FIA's Group 3 Grand Touring Car category. The 250 was named after the displacement in cubic centimeters of each cylinder of the engine, whilst the GTO element representing "Gran Turismo Omologata" Italian for "Grand Touring Homologated." The 39 GTO's that were produced had to inherit owners that were personally approved by Enzo Ferrari, a tradition that continues for all new top-end Ferrari. 36 cars were made in the years 62 to 63. The 1964 'Series II' GTO had a slightly different shape in which 3 cars were created and 4 of the older 'Series I' benefitted from the 'Series II' body.

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Sparce and Purposeful GT Racer


The 250 GTO was based on the 250 GT SWB (Short Wheelbase) with a 3.0L V12 engine from the 250 Testa Rossa. After the original 250 GTO Ferrari engineers were fired in a dispute with Enzo Ferrari, development was handed over to Mauro Forghieri, who worked with Scaglietti to continue development of the wind tunnel developed body. The 250 received a race inspired hand-welded tubular frame, A-arm front suspension, live rear axle, disc brakes and a Porsche designed five-speed gearbox. The interior maintained the GT racing inspiration with a sparce cockpit which even lacked a speedometer.



Racing Heritage and Hefty Price Tag


When new in 1962 the 250 GTO could be purchased for $18,000 in the U.S. Nowadays, the 250 GTO is one of the most desirable Ferrari money can buy with these automotive works of art commanding multi million pound price tags. The high price tag is due to a partnership of rarity, automotive beauty and historical interest. These qualities are polished off by it's racing heritage aided by it's performance in the form of the 250's 3.0l V12 which produces nearly 300 bhp and a 0-60mph time of around 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 158mph.



Summary


Positive  Beauty, performance, heritage - The ultimate Ferrari?

Negatives   Lack of Speedometer = speeding tickets.


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