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Originally published: January 2020
1:18 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
BBR recently confirmed that it will be replicating the most beautiful Ferrari of all time, the 1962 250 GTO, in 1:18 scale. The model will be a limited edition of just 300 examples worldwide, and it sold out with BBR on the day that it was announced. We were able to acquire just six pieces, which should arrive with us at some point in the spring.
Ferrari developed the 250 GTO in order to take on the Shelby Cobra, Jaguar E-Type and Aston Martin DP214 in GT racing.
It was named after the displacement in cubic centimetres of each of its cylinders (250), while GTO stood for Gran Turismo Omologata (or in English, grand touring homologated).
A mere 36 examples were produced from 1962 to 1964. Ferrari went quite conservative with the mechanical elements of the car, using engine and chassis components that had proven themselves in earlier competition cars such as the 250 GT SWB and Testa Rossa. But that pragmatic approach was enveloped within one of the most beautiful bodywork designs that the automotive world has ever seen.
The car was an undoubted success on the race track, and today is still one of the most revered machines of all time. In 2018, one sold at Sotheby’s for 48 million US dollars.
For about one hundred thousandth of that price, you can enjoy BBR’s luscious rendition. From the finely spoked wheels to the mesh covering the air intakes, not a single detail is missed.