What: Ferrari 250 GTO
Who: People who crave style and power
Why: For some car enthusiasts, the phrase “Holy Grail” has come to be synonymous with the Ferrari 250 GTO, and for good reason. The classic car produced from 1962 to 1964 needs little introduction. Whole books have been written about this most beautiful of Ferrari designs, its racing exploits, and how it regularly commands eight-figure sale prices.
The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta is a lovely ride with a premium feel that covers all the bases. Created by a team led by Giotto Bizzarrini, the machine was developed for the FIA World Sportscar Championship series, and soon got the name GTO (short for Gran Turismo Omologato, Italian for Grand Touring Homologated). The 250 GTO is one of those cars that’s just perfect. Built on a 2,400 mm wheelbase, it handles and stops well, and power from the 3-litre V12 engine, with bore and stroke of 73 x 58.8 mm, is claimed to be 300 hp (220 kW). The highly competitive chassis 3851GT was built along the same lines and used smaller section tubing, along with bracing for increased torsional rigidity.
The legendary cars were produced in many colours, but the most famous was the handsome Rosso Corsa coloured exterior and a functional black leather interior. Even though the model is over 50 years old, Ferrari didn’t skimp on interior quality the way other luxury brands did with their models. It offers an instrument panel that does not contain a speedometer, no carpeting, and cloth-upholstered seats.
The coupé was equally at home on the road or track – perhaps the last dual-purpose race/road car produced – it has become one of the icons of Ferrari production history and has achieved legendary status amongst aficionados of the marque. With only a relatively small production run of 36 cars, on its maiden outing, it finished second overall to a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa in the 12-hour race. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the 250 GTO has summed up the brand’s philosophy best: the highest levels of styling, performance, and comfort.