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  • Matthew Lange

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    IMO the gearbox ranks alongside the aero as the biggest evolution from the SWB to the GTO. The 5 speed unit in the GTO allowed it to run at higher speeds at Le Mans than the 4 speed in the SWB. The 5 speed unit will not fit in a SWB chassis without extensive mods (my Dad tried when he owned an SWB and wanted to lower the gearing when touring). Ferrari already had an IRS setup for the rear suspension on their prototypes but the GTO retained a live axle like the SWB to appease the FIA.

    While there was no question that the GTO bent the rules, I reckon it's rivals did too. Could you actually go into a showroom and buy a Shelby Daytona Coupé the GT that finally ended the GTO's reign. Incidentally while the Shelby Daytona took the title in 65 Ferrari still took the blue riband prize of the GT class at Le Mans with the car often regarded as the 65 GTO, the 275 Speciale.

  • Dustin Rittle

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    What is there to say about the Ferrari 250 GTO that hasn't already been said it was a stunning looking automobile with the performance to back it up. Yes it is true Ferrari did not make many 250 GTOs but then again i heard that Carroll Shelby did skip a large block of VIN numbers to make it seem like he was building a large amount of cars. Now on to the 250 LM while it was a brilliant piece of machinery I personal think the FIA was right to ban it from GT. Enzo was trying to use the 250 LM as a new weapon against Shelby and his Daytonas which by the way were giving Ferrari a rough time.

  • Guest (Pepe Rodriguez)

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    And in 1965 the 250 LM won the Le Mans 24 hours. with Jochen Rindt (a Formula One World Champion) and Mansten Gregory. it was the last victory of Ferrari at Le Mans, and of course a great victory for Luigi Chinetti as it was a N.A.R.T entered car.

  • Guest (Steven Robertson)

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    Fabulous video. There were of course 7 250 GTOs bodied in '64 style - 3 originals of which 5571GT was the first and 4 Series 1 cars were rebodied. The first GTO bodied in this 1964 style was 4399GT which is a series 1 car rebodied to series 2 at the end of 1963.

  • Guest (Garrett Waddell)

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    The 250 GTO series are beautiful cars. I am fortunate to race with some of them in SVRA Group 6, among which are Peter Sachs 4091GT, which is the only Type II I have ever seen, at St Louis in August of 1985. I have also raced with several of the Type I cars, which I consider "prettier shape". The 250 GTO usually races in Group 5 with solid axle Corvettes, but sometimes at Wine Country, and some times at Monterey they have run them in Group 6 with Cobras and Corvettees, then I have the "best seat in the house".

    Garrett Waddell