Friday, March 15, 2019

1963 Ferrari 330 LM Berlinetta

1 of 4 examples produced by SEFAC Ferrari to contest the 4.0-litre experimental prototype class in FIA-sanctioned international racing for the 1963 season.

Featured is a Tipo 163/566 3,967 cc SOHC V-12 engine, 6 twin-choke Weber carburetors, 400 bhp @ 7,500 rpm, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, and anti-roll bar, and telescopic shock absorbers, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and telescopic shock absorbers.
The Le Mans-winning Tipo 168/62 3.0-litre V12 engine made it good for 296bhp. Ferrari began to develop a 4.0-litre GTO based upon the 250 GTO chassis.
To accommodate the larger engine, the chassis was slightly lengthened compared to the three litre 250 GTO. Ferrari built only 39 250 GTOs (33 of the “normal” cars, three with the four-litre 330 engine sometimes called the “330 GTO” and three “Type 64″ cars, with revised bodywork.

The Ferrari 250 GTO has been established as the most desirable and valuable Ferrari of them all. All examples have been accounted for, so there are no barn finds waiting, and they rarely change hands. On the rare occasion that one does sell, it’s usually done privately, meaning that 250 GTO ownership puts you into one of the most exclusive groups in the world.
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO by Scaglietti. The third of 36 GTOs built; considered by marque experts to be one of the most authentic and original of all GTO examples. One of 3 factory converted to 'Series II'.

As was widely predicted, it made a princely $48.4m in 2018. The price achieved by the car is over $10m more than the previous world record auction 250 GTO, sold by Bonhams in 2014.
It was 2014 when the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO made for Sir Stirling Moss fetched $38.1 million at the Bonham's Quail Auction.