The Ferrari 250 GTO is the most emblematic model Ferrari, the grand touring car of the early 1960s. Considered as the most famous sports car of all time, notably by its fantastic sporting success, the GTO has entered the legend above all for its aesthetics and its very sophisticated suspension. The number 250 meant the volume in cc of each cylinder of the engine and GTO Gran Turismo Omologata in Italian, or homologated to run in grand tourism in english. Officially 39 GTO will be produced in the 250 GTO model with a 3-liter engine (33 in 1962-63 and 3 in 1964) and 3 other 330 GTOs with a 4-liter engine of 3,960 cc for a power of 390 hp and a torque of 326 Nm. The Ferrari GTO became a three-time GT World Champion between 1962 and 1964 and is considered the best of all times in the eyes of collectors. Designed to participate in Grand Touring races, it represents the evolution of the 250 GT SWB2. The combination of the chassis of the 250 GT SWB with the double engine block V6 1.5 L of the 250 Testa Rossa was successfully carried out by the engineer Giotto Bizzarrini. A new engineer, Mauro Forghieri and designer Sergio Scaglietti, will carry out the development of the vehicle, the previous team, Bizzarini and most of the engineers of this model, having been dismissed by Enzo Ferrari following various relational problems with the Commandatore.
Drawn from the work of Bizzarrini and Scaglietti, the superb bodywork was refined after wind tunnel and circuit tests. Unlike Ferrari's number, the GTO was designed by a complete team and not a single designer. Its hand-welded chassis, front suspension, rear engine drive axle, disc brakes or Borrani rims are a perfect synthesis of Ferrari technology from the early 1960s. The five-speed gearbox was a step forward, but it is his legendary metal gated shift change, with the first offset at the bottom left, which will mark the spirits and become the standard on the following Ferrari. The interior of the GTO was stripped and simplified to the extreme, the tachometer not being considered necessary for the dashboard. Finally, the GTO allowed Ferrari to have a considerable track record and won three consecutive years, 1962, 1963 and 1964, the championship of the best manufacturer in the world.
Exceptionally, two copies are now offered for sale by our site. These vehicles are matching numbers and are part of the 39 vehicles built. Both are superb, in concourse condition, in perfect working order, with a particularly outstanding record for one of them. The complete history of each is fully known and will be communicated to the new owner.