The Ferrari 250 GTO (Gran Turismo Omologato) grew out of the 250 GT series into a
competition car in the Gran Turismo category. A road-legal race car was born,
enabling the drivers to travel to their races on their own. The basis for the 250 GTO was the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB model. The 250 stands for displacement in cubic centimeters per cylinder. Ferrari presented the vehicle for the
first time at the annual press conference in January 1962 in Maranello.
The development of the GTO was conducted under Giotto Bizzarrini and took shape
at the coach-builder Scaglietti, where almost all GTOs were later built. What was
new in comparison with the 250 GT Berlinetta “SWB” was the completely
redesigned front end. The rear fenders got wider and longer, as did the rear
end. In contrast to the first prototype, all later examples received a riveted rear spoiler, which was an aerodynamic innovation at the time. So much effort had never been put into the aerodynamics of a GT racing car.
The rear rigid axle of the 250 GT Berlinetta “SWB” was retained, but mounted on
parallel trailing arms and a Watt linkage instead of leaf springs. The proven Tipo
168/62 3.0 L V12 from the 250 Testa Rossa was carried over. The interior of the 250
GTO is extremely spartan – an entailment resulting from its low weight, which, in conjunction with an output of virtually 300 hp and low air resistance, makes the GTO capable of up to 280 km/h.
The accolades of the 250 GTO were impressive, there were victories at the 12 Hours
of Sebring, the Targa-Florio, the 1000 km of Spa-Francorchamps and at Le Mans,
where they also finished second OA in 1962 and 1963 and won the GT classification.
Chassis #3757 was delivered to Jaques Swaters, founder of Ecurie Francorchamps in June 1962.
It took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans as car #22 one week later with “Beurlys” and “Eldé” at its wheel with an Italian plate number EE 02112. The Belgian co-pilots both used pseudonyms in the race. Jean Blaton, an industrialist and jazz musician, racing aka “Beurlys” and with Leon Dernier racing aka “Eldé”. They piloted chassis #3757 to a second and third place in the GT class. In countless other races, large or small, chassis 3757 tended to finish in the top ranks, including an excellent third place in September ’62 at the Tour de France.
After several changes of ownership, the vehicle has been in the capable hands of
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason since 1978.
• Hand-crafted metal precision model with a left-hand-drive configuration,
built from 1,850 single parts
• Authentic recreation of the 24 hrs. Le Mans winner 1962
• Functional engine hood, equipped with a supporting rod, quick release locks
and leather belt fastening
• Functional doors with sliding windows
• Trunk lid has a supporting rod and opens to reveal a spare wheel
• Rear fuel tank filler with a flip-open cover
• Perfectly-wired wheels with a light alloy rim, and removable Borrani central locking
nuts (with side-dependent right- and left-hand threads)
• Highly detailed 12-cylinder V-type engine, complete with all aggregates, pipes
• Meticulous replication of the interior, with roll cage and safety belts
Seats upholstered in textile covers with leather trimmings
• Well-integrated dashboard with a full array of instruments and controls
• Elaborate undercarriage, front and rear suspensions, oil and fuel tank (all made of
stainless steel) and racing-style tailpipe of the exhaust system
• Detachable stainless-steel bottom plate
Special feature: Covers for the three air-intakes above the radiator grille are
removable and lockable.
Technical Data of the Original Vehicle:
• Chassis #3757
• Two-seater coupé body (Berlinetta) made of aluminum
• 12-cylinder V-engine with a 60° cylinder angle
• Bore x stroke: 73 x 58.8 mm
• Displacement: 2,953 cm³
• Maximum output: 300 hp at 7,500 rpm
• Top speed: Approx. 280 km/h
• Dry sump lubrication
• Brakes: Disk-brakes front/rear
• Wheelbase: 2,400 mm
• Track front/rear: 1,354 (1,351) / 1,350 (1,346) mm
• Vehicle length: 4,325 mm
• Vehicle width: 1,600 mm
• Vehicle height: 1,210 mm
• Construction period: 1962-1964
• Quantity Produced: 36 cars