The legendary Ferrari 250 GTO is inarguably the most collectible automobile ever made; in 2013, one example sold for $52 million, setting a new record for the costliest whip ever to change hands. There are myriad different reasons for its desirability: just 39 examples were built between 1962 and 1964; each example has slightly different bodywork, as a result of each body panel being individually hammered out by hand over a mould; it’s a bona fide road-going race car, built to satisfy homologation requirements for GT racing; etc., etc.
Now, the Ferrari 250 GTO could live again as a continuation car.
Speaking to Top Gear at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, FCA/Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne said that a continuation Ferrari 250 GTO is possible, but that he “struggle[s] with the term ‘continuation car’.”
“What Jaguar has done with the lightweight cars is clever, but reinventing the 250 is a tough gig, and living off the spoils of the past is a bad habit to get into,” Marchionne said. “But there’s definitely a platform there, and hopefully we can show you something in the next few years.”
A few years ago, Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations unit completed six Lightweight Jaguar E-Type coupes from the 1960s that had been left unbuilt, selling each for £1 million. In recent years, other automakers have executed similar high-profile continuation car programs, including Shelby American with the Shelby Daytona Coupe 427, and Aston Martin with the DB4 GT. While all are legendary cars in their own right, none carry quite the same gravitas as the Ferrari 250 GTO.
Should the 250 GTO indeed live again, the continuation car would be separate from Fiat Chrysler’s recently-announced restoration program for classic Fiats, Lancias, and Alfa Romeos. Each Ferrari built would, presumably, receive a brand-new serial number, picking up where the original run of 39 250 GTOs left off.