Wednesday, April 30, 2014

1964 Ferrari 250 GTO ~ 'Nuf Said (Petrolicious and Autoblog)

The early Ferraris are well known to be amongst my favorite sources of mechanical symphony ~ my particular favorites include 166MM, 250TR, 250GT SWB, 250GT Lusso, 365BB, 365GTB4.  These early V12's are legendary.  Their prowess on the racing circuit went mostly unequaled.  Petrolicious has risen to significant prominence in their treatment of historic and vintage racing cars.  Here they provide a perspective on possibly one of the most significant automobiles ever.

Published on 29 Apr 2014
Using hyperbole to describe the 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO is unnecessary. The car speaks for itself. It is one of the last (of thirty-six) Ferrari GTOs ever built. This particular one, chassis #5571, was the first of the Series II bodies. The 3.0L V-12 produces about 300 horsepower and it completed multiple endurance races, winning its class in the Daytona Continental 2000km (this car's first race), Sebring 12 hour, and Nassau TT.

The driver is Mr. Derek Hill, who won the Ferrari Challenge International Championship in 1995 and the Formula Dodge West Coast in 1996, and raced a Bugatti EB110 at Le Mans. Additionally, he has a special attachment to this car as it was his dad, Fomula One Champ Phil Hill, that raced it in Daytona and Nassau. But what is the car really like? Well, "It's so hard to describe just how incredible it is to drive this car at speed. I mean, it's really a certain kind of ecstasy." We wish we could give you a first-hand account but, just like you, we're relegated to dreaming. If you're still reading, thank you. But we know why you're here, go on now, watch the video.

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We've never, ever accused Petrolicious of slacking when it comes to the quality of cars it features. Each week brings a new, exciting, rare vehicle that has some special quality or provenance to it. But this week's video... it's beyond everything else the series has ever done.

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