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The engine was the proven 3.0-liter V-12 from the Le Manswinning Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, which had given Ferrari a
reputation for refinement and triumph more than any other.
"All we wanted to do was develop a regular engine, only one
would be exceptional." Enzo once claimed off this powertrain.
Ferrari 250 GTO—250 for each of the 12 cylinders' cubiccentimeter displacement, GT for gran turismo, and O for
omolagato, the Italian word for homologation. Six Weber
carburetors producing around 300 horsepower, a new fivespeed transmission replacing the four Ferrari had been used
for years, and a peak speed of around 175 mph. Since Karl
Benz produced the first one in 1896, the GTO has become the
single most sought automobile ever manufactured, nearly 60
years after the inaugural shakedown at Monza.
The reaction of members of the racing press when they first
saw the new Ferrari was negative. Because of its peculiar nose,
one reporter dubbed it "the anteater." Although the prototype
was awkward, one thing was clear: it was speedy. Powerful,
easy to drive, and deafeningly loud.
A GTO reportedly sold for $35 million in May 2012. The Italian
courts declared in the summer of 2020 that the Ferrari 250
GTO was in reality a work of art, making it illegal to copy or
imitate it. The automobile is a testament to how outstanding
engineering and handiwork can change the course of history.
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