Ferrari celebrates the 55th birthday of 250 GTO with rally to Maranello

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Ferrari’s 250 GTO was produced for only two years, between 1962 to 1964. With the 250 in its namesake denoting the engine’s cubic displacement and the famed letters GTO for “Grand Turismo Omologato”, or Italian for “Grand Touring Homologated”. As the name implies, the Ferrari 250 GTO was built specifically for homologation into the FIA’s Group 3 Grand Touring Car category, in that era.

Back in the day, FIA regulations required at least one hundred examples for a car to be built in order for it to be homologated into Group 3 Grand Touring Car racing. However, only 39 250 GTOs were ever built, with Ferrari numbering the car chassis out of sequence to give the impression that the full one hundred cars were completed. Of the 39 cars built, 33 were considered to be “normal” cars, 3 cars had the four-litre 330 engine (sometimes referred to as the 330 GTO), and another 3 Type 64 cars, which had revised bodywork.

After making its debut at 12 Hours of Sebring in 1962, the 250 GTO would go on to win FIA’s International Championship for GT Manufacturers in 1962, 1963 and 1964.

Fast forward to 2017 and we are looking at 20 specimens of the 39 ever built, that were driven through Tuscany. The line-up for 250 GTOs crossed the hills of Chianti, onto Mugello circuit, then went on parade on Fiorano track, before continuing on to Ferrari’s home, Maranello plant.

While this may not be worth mentioning for modern day cars, do bear in mind that these cars are 55 years old and worth a whole ton of money today – last auctioned off in 2014 for $38.1mil and more recently seen listed up for sale in November 2016 asking a pretty $55.8mil. These are public auctions and sales; we have no idea how much these have been transacting between owners. Doesn’t matter — just try to imagine the 20 cars on road and track; we tip our hats off the respective owners for driving their cars! Enjoy the gallery below:

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From supercar spotting on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Won has moved onto the realms of motoring journalism since 2011. He has a keen eye for automotive photography, a penchant for fast cars, and the occasional hunger for munching corners.

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