1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

Ferrari 250 GTO

The Ferrari 250 GTO is widely regarded as one of the most iconic and valuable cars in automotive history. Here’s a brief history of the Ferrari 250 GTO:


In 1962 the Ferrari 250 GTO was introduced as a homologation special, designed to meet the FIA’s Group 3 Grand Touring Car regulations. GTO stands for “Gran Turismo Omologato,” which translates to “Grand Touring Homologated” in English.

Design and Construction

Based on the Ferrari 250 GT SWB (Short Wheelbase) chassis the GTO featured numerous modifications to improve aerodynamics and performance. The body was designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti, and it showcased a sleek and timeless design.

Engine and Performance

GTO was powered by a 3.0-liter V12 engine, which varied in specifications throughout the production. The engine produced approximately 300 to 340 horsepower, depending on the version. The power was transmitted to the rear wheels through a 4 or 5-speed manual gearbox. The car had exceptional performance and could achieve a top speed of around 174 mph (280 km/h).

Racing Success

Many of the Ferrari 250 GTO enjoyed tremendous success in motorsport. It competed in various races and championships, including the Le Mans 24 Hours, Tour de France Automobile, and numerous hill climbs. Notably, the 250 GTO won the FIA World GT Championship in 1962, 1963, and 1964. Its success on the track contributed to its legendary status and increased desirability.

Rarity and Value

Only 36 examples of the Ferrari 250 GTO were ever produced between 1962 and 1964. The limited production, combined with its racing pedigree and timeless design, has made it one of the most sought-after and valuable cars in the world. In recent years, several 250 GTOs have been sold in private transactions for record-breaking prices, with values exceeding $50 million.

Cultural Significance

Ferraris often achieve significant status but The Ferrari 250 GTO has achieved an iconic status in popular culture like no other, representing the pinnacle of automotive engineering, beauty, and exclusivity. It has become a symbol of Ferrari’s racing heritage and craftsmanship, and it continues to captivate enthusiasts and collectors worldwide.

The Ferrari 250 GTO remains a highly coveted and celebrated automobile, and its rich history and limited production contribute to its enduring legacy.

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