Ferrari 250 GT
The 250 GT Europa was introduced at the Paris Salon in 1954. The first series produce for Ferrari. This three-liter car was manufactured for the next ten years. It was the 250 sequence includes an entire range of models accommodating from the very rich to the pushy race car drivers. The 250 Pinin Farina Coupe launched in Paris in 1958 and switched places with the 250 Europa.
The 250 series of the Ferrari actually started in the early 1950s. It is a huge family with many children. Some of these children of the Ferrari 250 are the Lusso, California Spyder, LWB Tour de France, SWB Berlinetta, 250 GTO and the Testa Rossa.
All the cars in the 250 series were equipped with a 2553 cc 60-deree sohc V12 also known as the "Colombo V12". The creator of this engine was Gioacchino Colombo. The V12's configuration and over square combustion was 73 mm bore x 58.8 mm stroke. This ensured an extraordinary, effortlessness and dominance.
These cars of the Ferrari manufactures were called the "250 GT" since each cylinder displaced 250 cc. Besides having a V12 in it, this series had a comparable tubular ladder frame chassis, double-wishbone front suspensions and live rear axle. The similar model might have a lot of made to order features differing from one car to a different one. In addition, there were a lot of running modifications made to the life of production longer. Consequently, resulting in precise specifications for every car is practically unattainable. There were 1317 units of the 250GT series and 231 units of competition cars. They won many numerous races worldwide.
In 1957, the 250 GT California Spyder was the Ferrari in most demand in America with its chic and forte for more than performance. The Spyder was practically the same as the other cars in the 250 series, but were more pleasing to the eye. It still had the 240 hp V12. Forty-nine Spyders was built in the long wheelbase (LWB), before Ferrari made the stiffer short wheelbase (SWB) version. It was given dics brakes and a stronger more powerful engine of 260 hp. There was forty-nine of these short wheelbase Ferraris made.
Ferrari built a lighter weight completion style of this beautiful California Spyder for racing. This one was made of aluminum bodywork and the 280hp style V12 from the SWB Berlinetta. It was not a match on the racetrack for the Short Wheel Base Berlinetta, but it did make up for it in beauty and the rareness of it. Today the California 250GT Spyder can be valued at $2 million!
The 250GT Berlinetta "Tour de France" was named after the famous domination of the Tour de France race. A 3300-mile marathon race combining hill climb, drag race, circuit racing and rally stages, therefore, was the hardest hitting test of speed and reliability. At that point in time, the multitalented performance of 250GT Berlinetta was confirmed unmatched. Ferrari produced the Lusso Berlinetta in its 250GT series the same year as it did the GTO. Three hundred fifty-one Lussos were sold between 1962 and 64, making it the fastest selling car of Ferrari.
The Ferrari 250GTO is the most sought-after collection. There were just a few GTOs made between 1962 and 64, thirty-nine to be exact. Very few of them remain today. The Ferrari 250GTO was the most powerful in the 250 GT series made by Ferrari.