Ferrari 250 GTO
Time to look at my favorite dream car – the Ferrari 250 GTO. I may do several posts on this one as it is, to my eyes, the most beautiful car ever made. And I am not alone in this assessment – for decades this car has been the most desirable of all classic cars, as reflected in its current going price of around $6 million. In 1991, one was sold for $15 million.
A development of the earlier 250 GT SWB, the 250 GTO was designed from the outset for racing and used a 3.0 liter V12 engine. Only 39 were made, considerably short of the required homologation requirement of 100, but it was allowed to race anyway. It won the World GT Championship in 1962, 1963 and 1964, which certainly argues for its effectiveness as a racer.
But it was its looks that made it so desirable. Perfect in proportion, partly thanks to its being one of the last competitive front-engined GT racers, nothing about it is overdone or out of place. The design was largely the work of Bizzarini and Scaglietti but others worked on it too after Bizzarini fell out with Enzo Ferrari and was fired. In a way, it is fitting that no one designer can lay claim to it, it being such a perfect expression of the supremacy of Italian design at the time.
But enough of my prattle – just feast your eyes on the most gorgeous of all dream cars and we can talk about details in some other post.