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Ferrari 250 GTO #2# The history of a legend

ISBN-10: 1844255468

ISBN-13: 9781844255467

 

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Ferrari 250 GTO #2# The history of a legend

by Anthony Pritchard

The Ferrari 250 GTO is one of the most charismatic cars ever produced. Designed purely for racing success, the 250 GTO dominated the Grand Touring category of sports car racing during the years 1962 to 1964, thanks to its strong performance, fine handling and robust construction. Because of its sheer beauty, immensely successful track record and the relatively small numbers of cars built, prices subsequently rocketed in the collectors' market and nowadays a 250 GTO is one of the most valuable cars of all.

This lavish book celebrates the breed more thoroughly than ever before by, combining a detailed account of every aspect of the 250 GTO's history with a wonderful array of period photographs - including some rare colour - gathered from all over the world.

The book is divided into two parts. The first part starts by detailing the genesis of the 250 GTO, covering the cars from which it was developed (including the 250 GT Tour de France and 250 GT SWB) and the evolution of the Colombo-designed V12 engine that they all shared. There follows an analysis of the 250 GTO's anatomy, and then long and profusely illustrated chapters covering the three years of the 250 GTO's front-line racing success (1962-64) in events such as the Tour de France, Targa Florio and Le Mans, as well as innumerable lesser motor races and hill climbs. An account of racing in the twilight years (1965-66) concludes the first part.

The second part is a fascinating chassis-by-chassis account that unravels the various complexities of the family, together with a wealth of photographs. The 250 GTO prototypes and all 40 production cars are covered in detail, with plenty of anecdote and arcane fact along the way. Remarkably, every single one of these cars survives today.

Contents:

The GTO racing history

  • The evolution of Ferrari 250 Gran Turismo cars
  • The 250 GT short-wheelbase cars 1959-61
  • The design and evolution of the 250 GTO
  • The 250 GTO in detail
  • Racing history of the 250 GTO in 1962
  • Hardcover, 23 x 28 cm, 352 Seiten, 125 farbige und 225 s/w-Abbildungen, englischer Text

The GTO chassis history

Appendices

  • Specification of the 250 GTO
  • Results
    250 GTO and Shelby American Cobra in the FIA GT World Championship
  • Bibliography

Buch, Hardcover, 23 x 28 cm, 352 Seiten, 125 farbige und 225 s/w-Abbildungen, englischer Text