Ultimate Ferrari 250 GTO - The Definitive History
Ultimate Ferrari GTO explores the story of this iconic family of cars in more detail and with more authority than ever before. Introduced in 1962 as the final evolutionary step in the long-running 250 GT series, the GTO was the last and best GT racer of the front-engine era. It remained at the forefront for three seasons, winning a hat-trick of World Championship titles for Ferrari. Ever since, GTOs have retained their exalted status not just because of their racing achievements but also their exquisite beauty, undoubted charisma and — for those lucky enough to have experienced this — peerless driveability. Indeed, the GTO’s illustrative reputation has made it the world’s most desirable car, as confirmed by the record-breaking prices repeatedly paid for the finest examples. Packed with superb photographs, many not previously published, this lavish two-volume production does true justice to this ultimate car.
- The build-up: the first volume begins with a close look at the GTO’s forebears, followed by study of its design and development along with a full technical description.
- The 1962 season: between wins both on debut in the Sebring 12 Hours and in the year’s last race in The Bahamas, the GTO’s activities are covered in full, not just in the World Championship but also in other competition all over the world, including tortuous European hillclimbs and even adventures in Africa.
- The 1963 season: despite the endeavours of the opposition, the GTO’s supremacy intensified during its second season, with more entrants running in more events, from endurance classics such as the Le Mans 24 Hours to sprints at obscure British venues.
- The 1964 season: Ferrari beat off a strong challenge from Shelby American’s Cobras to take its third title, helped in part by an upgrade that included a revamped body design for new GTOs, and also for a few existing ones.
- Later life: this section explains how GTOs continued to compete internationally and with occasional success far beyond their sell-by date.
- Chassis histories: the second volume is devoted to comprehensive individual histories of the 36 GTOs, all of which have survived to the present day. Packed with new research and fresh insights, these accounts include interviews with owners past and present, information about restorations and participation in events, and much more, plus a wide array of photographs.
Author: James Page
Project consultant: Keith Bluemel is a Ferrari expert of world-wide renown whose body of work includes co-authorship with Jess G. Pourret of the book Ferrari 250 GTO.