The Ferrari 250 GTO is the most expensive car on Earth. Most recently, one sold for some $70,000,000 at auction and the prices will undoubtedly not be dropping any time soon. What a lot of people don’t understand is that the Ferrari 250 was not a single car but a series of cars, so named because of the 250cc displacement per cylinder that the engine had. The cars were not all racing machines, either. Like so much of Enzo Ferrari’s ethos and history, this really was a body wrapped around a wonderful engine, much more so than a greasy lump powering a gorgeous car down the road. The video tells the tale of the Columbo V12 and the later Lampredi V12, why they came and went and where they both shined in their individual roles.
From the lithe racers that are worth 10s of millions to the road cars that are arguably as beautiful and still carry seven and eight figured prices, this really is an interesting look back into a series of cars that have been tagged as legitimate works of art by the Italian government.
Ferrari built so many incredible machines over the years and continues today but there’s something about these cars. Something about that engine. Something about the majesty, beauty and history of it all that really can never be recaptured. This video will show you why.