Ferrari 250 GTO

1962

  • "It makes a bad driver good, a good driver great, and the great driver can get his name on the trophy in advance.” Nick Mason, Pink Floyd drummer & car racer
  • At its heart beats a V12 dry sump 3-liter engine producing 300 hp capable of turning at 7500 rpm.
  • Between 1962 and 1964 it would invariably win all the most prestigious races and championships. Once its competitive career had waned, automobile collectors would build new altars to it.

A marque that evokes the stuff of dreams, and three fabled letters that would ignite the passion of automobile collectors... The Ferrari 250 GTO was without doubt Enzo Ferrari's most legendary creation: for its exceptional competitive victories, stunning looks and the quality of its engineering, but also thanks to the speculative folly that gripped the automobile world in the eighties.

At the time of its unveiling at a press conference in February 1962, the "250 GTO" - as it has come to be known - was simply referred to as the "Berlinetta". In actual fact, the GTO's original factory designation was '250 GT Comp/62' - journalist Denis Jenkinson sheds light on this mystery mutation: "The origin of the GTO name raises a number of doubts, since at the beginning of 1962 the British journalists used this term but the people at Modena had never heard of it. Yet by the end of the season it was generally accepted.".

One version suggests that its real name was 250 GT 1962, and that when it was registered as race-worthy in for the GT category by the FIA, it would have been designated as GT-O for "omologato", the dash having been forgotten at some point by a typist copying the registration documents. So, in other words, the legendary GTO triptych has its origin in a typographical error!

To be continued...