250 California

In this multi-part series, we will explore one of the most legendary names in the world of cars, and motor sport.  The Ferrari 250.

There are many different variants of the 250, like the GTO, LM, California, TR, Berlinetta TdF, and so many more.  Even with all of the versions and chassis numbers, the Ferrari 250 is absolutely legendary.

Ferrari Testa Rossa

This will be a 50 part series if I try to focus on each one (even though they deserve it) so I will be condensing a bit.

From 1953 to 1964, Ferrari built the 250 for racing and road use.  And each one was absolutely brilliant.

Racing Models:

Ferrari 250 GTO

The first of the 250 lineup was the 250 S, more of a prototype vehicle for racing.  Sporting a typical Ferrari V12 engine, the Ferrari 250 S raced in Mille Miglia and had great successes.

Following the success, Ferrari developed the 250 MM.  Afterwards, the 250 Monza.

After the Monza, Ferrari developed what became one of the most successful racing cars in its history.  The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa.

Decorating the 250 Testa Rossa are three wins at Le Mans, four wins at Sebring, and two wins at Buenos Aires.  As with most Ferrari 250 examples, the TR fetches well over $15 million at auctions. Plus, the Testa Rossa 250 is one of the most beautiful of 250’s, given its very unique shape.  That of course is my opinion.

The GTO:

250 GTO

Next up was the arguably most legendary Ferrari 250 GTO.

GTO stands for “Grand Touring Omologato” and the 250 GTO was most definitely grand.

Buyers of the 250 GTO had to be personally approved by Enzo Ferrari to own one, and sold in the United States new for $18,500.

There is so much history behind the 250 GTO that I won’t continue talking about it here.  I will make a separate article about just the GTO, so let’s look forward to that.  It is the most beautiful car ever.  If not the GTO, then the 250 California.

250 P:

Following the rather large shoes of the 250 GTO was the 250 P, which was a mi-engined prototype.  In 1963, it won the 12 Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours of Le Mans,  with the engine of the 250 Testa Rossa.

250 LM:

250 LM

Following the 250 P was the 250 LM, one of my personal favorites.

This was very similar to the 250 P and was intended for road use.  Unfortunately there were some production issues and the 250 LM could not compete, resulting in Ferrari pulling out of factory sponsored racing.

250 Export and Europa:

Following the LM were the Ferrari 250 Export and Europa.  The 250 GT Europa featured many styling cues on future GT 250’s.

GT’s:

The 250 GT Europa, 250 GT Buano and Ellena and Pininfarina Coupe Speciale were the first of the GT series, following into the 250 GT Berlinetta.

Seventy-seven Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta’s were produced.

Following the Berlinetta was the Cabriolet Pininfarina Series One, as one of the most beautiful cars ever made. Immediately following the Series One was the legendary 250 GT California Spyder.

The 250 GT California Spyder is one of the most legendary cars ever (If I had a dollar for each time I said that in this article…).

250 California

Ferrari’s 250 GT series continued with the 250 GT Coupe Pininfarina, meant to look like the previous Ellena.  Then came the Interim, and the 250 GT Cabriolet Pininfarina Series Two.

Next, Ferrari 250 took a turn for the incredible 250 GT Berlinetta SWB.  The Short wheel base was designed for better handling, and the project was headed by the brilliant minds who made the 250 GTO happen.

Following the 250 GT Berlinetta, was the 250 GT California Spyder SWB.  These are incredibly rare and valuable now.

The final Ferrari 250 models were the 250 GT/E and GT Berlinetta Lusso.  Fun fact:  An example of the GT Berlinetta Lusso was stolen in a repair shop and never seen again…

The End of The Beginning:

Ferrari 250 was the most legendary line of cars possibly ever.  Most definitely the most legendary Ferrari’s.

In this series we will explore the great Ferrari 250 in all of the best variants, and realize what made them so legendary.  I do hope you can stay along for the journey into automotive greatness.

 

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