Class comes at expense

The 250 gto... the world's most expensive and beautiful car

Most people are aware that classic Ferrari's are some of the most sort after classics in the world and this, the 250 GTO, is arguably the most desirable and valuable car in the world. This could be because of the beauty and racing heritage or could be becuase the 250 GTO is shrouded around myth.

Now, normally classics gain rarity because there was originally a few hundred then they've been crashed and lost. But not this strangely. All 36 cars survived. And perhaps what makes this story a little more bizarre is that history of for all examples of the vehicles is well documented. Back in the 1970's it was regarded as an obsolete race car but since then prices have risen steeply to 10 digit figures in pounds, euros and dollars. One example sold at auction in 2013 for $38,000,000

The beautiful hand bodywork looks incredible in this livery.

The beautiful hand bodywork looks incredible in this livery.

The 250 GTO had a lot of focus on its aerodynamics. The car was even designed in a wind tunnel in pisa university in an attempt to achieve a greater top speed and stability. Many prototypes were tested on tack and road. As a result we got the iconic shape. The bodywork was all-aluminium and had the long low nose, three nostrils and the small front radiator inlet added to the beauty we can see today. The chassis itself was from a pervious competition car, as they knew it worked. The underbody of the GTO was based on the same as the 250 SWB, another iconic model in the Ferrari classics. The changes is saw was a stiffened lightened and lowered chassis. The frame was tubular and the car featured disk brakes all around. The car featured independent a-arm front suspension. The back was a fixed live axel.

The car is called the GTO with the 'O' meaning Omologato or homologation in english. The car featured a V12 code named the Tipo 168/62 comp. The same engine that was used in the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa that won the 24 hours of Le Mans. The block was made from aluminium and utilised a dry sump lubrication system. The car also made use of six 38DCN webber carburetors. Max power peaked at around 300BHP. The gearbox was a 5 speed, it used a synchromesh that was taken from Porsche.

The heart of the GTO, the 3.0L V12

The heart of the GTO, the 3.0L V12

The car took part in FIA Group 3 Grand Touring Car racing. however you needed 100 homologated cars in order to participate. Ferrari managed to trick the FIA by numbering the chassis out of order. As mentioned before only 36 were built and 32 of these cars were road cars. The race version had a 4.0L 330 engine, meaning they sometimes got the name the 330 GTO. You can recognise one by the large bulge in the bonnet. They also made 3 cars with revised body work.

The Ferrari 250 GTO is one of the most beautiful cars ever to be made. The fact most owners still race them shows us that the classics are still great. could this one be the greatest? What ever you think, its the most expensive car on the earth; that's got to be worth something.

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