A 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta owned by William “Chip” Connor at the 2004
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Photo by Jeffrey S. Fields

Ferrari 250 GTO

The Ferrari 250 GTO is considered by many to be the greatest Ferrari ever manufactured, and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will commemorate the 50th anniversary of this model when more than 20 of the exclusive sports racing cars grace the show field on Sunday, August 21.

Only 36 250 GTOs were originally produced, as well as two 330 GTOs with larger capacity engines. All of these exclusive cars have been invited to the Concours and more than half have already accepted the invitation.

How treasured is this car? Some of these GTOs have sold for as much as $30 million in recent years.

“The GTO beat everything in the world for about three years running, which is quite an accomplishment when you consider the marques racing at that time,” said Ed Gilbertson, Chief Judge of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

In the 250 GTO’s racing debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1962, American Phil Hill and Belgian Olivier Gendebien placed second overall, with only a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa ahead of them. This was the beginning of the 250 GTO’s racing success, which included winning the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile’s (FIA) International Championship for GT Manufacturers three consecutive years, from 1962 to 1964.

Based on the Ferrari 250 GT SWB chassis, the 250 GTO evolved from an experimental test car, the 1961 250 GT Sperimentale, which was raced by Stirling Moss to a GT win and fourth overall at Daytona. Production of the 250 GTO began later that year. The Sperimentale and many examples of both the Series I and Series II 250 GTOs will be exhibited at Pebble Beach.

Gilbertson says just one of the 250 GTO sports cars remains in its original condition, although it was repaired in period due to extensive race damage. It too will be on the famed 18th fairway at Pebble Beach Golf Links.