It’s hard not to agree with one of the headlines that have been used to describe this car—Top Sports Car of All Time, Greatest Ferrari of All Time and Hottest Car of All Time. And probably as of late you could add the “Most Expensive Ferrari of All Time”, with recent sales averaging $38M. There is a common theme which surmises; this is a great car on so many fronts—this has been proven historically on the race track and I am sure supported by the owners who sit and admire this classic in their living room, or by the examples in the museums or shown at Concours events.
Produced from 1962-1964, this rare prancing horse was somewhat designed by committee and was in fact very technologically advanced with its aero dynamic shape confirmed by wind tunnel testing. That was very forward thinking for the time. Additionally, the objective was powerful and light which was also handsomely achieved.
At a sticker price of $18,000, which was a hefty sum at that time, considering the average cost of a home was $12,500 and the average cost of a car was around $3,000. But then you were getting an Italian designed car (no carpets, glove box or cup holders), hand built and with 12 powerful cylinders to get you around the track and down the road. With gas at twenty eight cents in 1962 you had an unfettered license to drive.
But money alone did not bring this car into your garage; you needed to be ‘approved’. I am not sure what the criteria was but I do know from a story a decade earlier that Ferrari did not want to sell his race cars to women. The story I know involves an early 50’s Testarossa where the only US buyer that year was a wealthy woman living in California. Ferrari tried to delay filling the order but ultimately sent her a Fly Yellow Testarossa with green leather interior. She was expecting red of course and was disappointed when the bright yellow roadster was delivered. In fact, she tried to send it back but instead it sat in the garage for years. It is still owned by the family today but is kept secreted away.
But all stories aside, this Ferrari is the “most wanted car” in red, blue, white, black. . . .Honestly, does it matter? One, any ‘one’ of the 39, works for me!
I would love to see the photos you have taken of the Ferrari GTO—I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, thanks.