|The Ferrari 250 GTO is a racing car produced by Ferrari from 1962 to 1964. A total of 39 250 GTOs were manufactured. (Gran Turismo Omologato, grand tourer homologated) which means officially certified for racing in the grand tourer class.|
In 2004, Sports Car International nominated it the top sports car of all time. Motor Trend Classic placed the 250 GTO first on a list of the "Greatest Ferraris of All Time." Popular Mechanics named it the "Hottest Car of All Time."
|In 2012 the 1962 250 GTO made for Stirling Moss became what was then the world's most expensive car in history, selling for $35m. |
|The 250 GTO was designed to compete in GT racing. The car was built around a hand-welded oval tube frame, incorporating A-arm front suspension, rear live-axle with Watt's linkage, disc brakes, and Borrani wire wheels. The highly reliable engine was the Tipo 168/62 Comp. 3.0 L V12.|
The engine was an all-alloy design utilizing a dry sump and six 38DCN Weber carburetors.
|The world record for a car at auction was broken for the fifth time in six years on August 14, 2014 when a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO sold at Bonham's Quail Auction for US$34,650,000 (US$38,115,000 including buyers premium).|
The car sold from the Maranello Rosso Collection was stamped with chassis number ‘3851 GT’ and was the 19th 250 GTO Berlinetta made by Ferrari, completed on Sept. 11, 1962.
|The car was delivered to the leading French racing driver Jo Schlesser, co-driven by himself and French ski Champion Henri Oreiller in the 1962 Tour de France Automobile race.|
Oreiller later crashed the car during a race at Montlhery Autodrome, south of Paris, and died of his injuries in hospital. A newspaper report at the time said the Ferrari careered off the track and flipped twice after a tire burst.