1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

This was the car that summed up Ferrari philosophy best: the highest levels of performance and styling.

Created by a team led by Giotto Bizzarrini, it owes its lines to research carried out in a wind tunnel.

This model had no tail spoiler, but one was added before its competition debut at the Sebring circuit in America in March 1962.

On its maiden outing in the 12 Hour Race, driven by Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien, the 250 GTO finished second overall to a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa sports racing car. It also won the GT category comfortably, an impressive debut performance upon which it would build during the next three years.

The power unit was essentially a 250 Testa Rossa specification version of the Colombo single overhead camshaft per bank 3-litre V12 engine, with bore and stroke of 73 x 58.8 mm, but using dry sump lubrication, with factory type reference 168 Comp/62. The spark plugs were outside the vee of the block, and there was a bank of six twin choke Weber 38 DCN carburettors, with a twin coil and rear of engine mounted distributor ignition system, to produce a claimed 300 bhp.

All of the examples produced, apart from the ’64-bodied cars, had three removable ‘D’-shaped panels, retained by quarter turn fasteners, on the upper face of the nose, for increased radiator air throughput, the pattern being repeated with three similar uncovered openings in the underside of the nose panel. The ’64-bodied cars and re-bodies again have detail differences between individual cars, but these relate more to the roof shape, which was either long, short with integral spoiler, or short without spoiler and the bonnet, which either had a long slim bulge tapering into the nose panel or a cold air intake.

A number of cars were modified during their competition careers, notably with the addition of a third front wing exhaust air slot, and occasionally louvres were added to the bonnet to aid heat dissipation. Apart from these main points, there were numerous individual differences between the various cars, i.e. some had the rear lights mounted on raised ‘bridges’, while others had them fixed directly to the tail panel.

The 250 GTO Berlinettas continued the run of successes of the preceding ‘passo lungo’ and ‘passo corto’ models, and with the manufacturers’ championship being transferred to the GT category from 1962, gave Ferrari a hat trick of victories between 1962 and 1964. They were virtually dominant in their class, and were only being caught by the AC Cobras (with much larger capacity V8 engines) during their last competitive year.

Amongst the numerous international successes of the 250 GTO were wins in the Tour de France in 1963 and 1964; GT class wins in the Targa Florio in 1962, 1963 and 1964; victories in the Tourist Trophy at Goodwood in 1962 and 1963; with GT category wins at Le Mans in 1962 and 1963, and in the Nurburgring 1000 km in 1963 and 1964.

Ferrari 250 GTO Technical Specifications

Year of Manufacture – 1962


a longitudinal engine is an internal combustion engine in which the crankshaft is oriented along the long axis of the vehicle, front to back.90° big-bore V8 are usually too long to fit in a FF Tranverse Engine bay

Rear, longitudinal, 90° V8

A bore (or) cylinder bore is size in terms diameter of cylinder in which piston travels in a cylinder. Stroke length along with the bore diameter determines the engine displacement.

82 x 69.5 mm
Unitary Displacement

unitary displacement is the swept volume of one of the pistons inside on of the cylinders within an engine. It is calculated from the bore (diameter of the cylinder), stroke (distance the piston travels).

367.03 cc
Total displacement

total displacement is the combined swept volume of the pistons inside the cylinders of an engine. It is calculated from the bore (diameter of the cylinders), stroke (distance the piston travels), and number of cylinders.

2936.25 cc
Compression Ratio
7.7 : 1
Maximum Power
351.5 kW (478 hp) at 7000 rpm
Power per litre
163 hp/l
Maximum Torque
577 Nm (58.8 kgm) at 4000 rpm
Valve Actuation
Twin overhead camshafts per bank, four valves per cylinder
Fuel Feed
Weber-Marelli electronic injection, twin turbos
Weber-Marelli electronic, single spark plug per cylinder
Dry sump
Tubular steel and composites
Front suspension
Independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension
Independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs over telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Ventilated Discs
5-speed + reverse
Fuel tank
Capacity 120 litres
Front tyres
245/40 ZR 17
Rear tyres
335/35 ZR 17
Two-seater berlinetta
4358 mm
1970 mm
1124 mm
2450 mm
Front track
1594 mm
Rear track
1606 mm
1100 kg (dry)
Top speed
324 Km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h Distance in


4.1 sec
0-400 m
11.9 sec
0-1000 m
20.9 sec

Ferrari 250 GTO Valuations

Ferrari 250 GTO Servicing