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1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

By: Eric J. Leech



Back in its day, the Ferrari 250 GTO (Gran Turismo Omologato) dominated the World Car Championships, or should I say, annihilated them. In 1962, nothing could compare to both the form and function of one of the most legendary vehicles of all time. The 250 GTO was the cause of much commotion and whining by both Chevrolet and Aston Martin, who did not think the GTO belonged in the GT-class race circuit. Enzo Ferrari had cleverly slipped it past the FIA as a modified-body 250 GT SWB (Short Wheel Base), even though it was a very purposeful-built, competition coupe, making it a wolf among lambs!

The GTO 250 received a host of new improvements over its 250 GT SWB successor, including a 5-speed transmission, relocated engine (set behind the front axle for better weight distribution), and a sexy, fastback, streamlined body style. The 250 GTO featured six double-barrel Weber carburetors feeding into a 3.0 liter, V-12, aluminum motor, pumping out somewhere around 280 bhp and 220 lb-ft of torque. The chassis was relatively light at just a little over 2,000 lbs, giving the GTO an impressionable launch of 0-60 in 6.1 seconds. But the 250 was never meant for the straight away, it was born and bred for the track.

Cost Factor: $2 million would be considered a steal for an original.



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