Ferrari 250GTO Ferrarissima


1. The composition of the nose is very similar to Jaguar XK-D and XK-E shapes but is more fluid and more beautiful.

2. Notice that the windshield is fairly upright, assuring better visibility in the rain and at night than more severely sloped glass.

3. Simple sliding transparencies provide ventilation and are the lightest possible solution.

4. Note how the "hip" bulges upward immediately behind the door, with no soft surface transitions.

5. The much-copied GTO side slashes ventilate the "engine room," where a 250 Testa Rossa racing V-12 generated a great deal of heat as well as great power.

6. Wire wheels may be heavier and harder to keep truly round than cast or forged aluminum units, but they are truly jewelry for the unadorned bodywork.

7. Mickey Thompson hadn't invented low-section-height tires back when GTOs were introduced, so along with greater tread width to get the power down come impressive tall sidewalls.

8. All the minor lamps are standard parts-store items--cheap, light, and easily replaceable.

9. Organic brake-cooling inlets are nicely radiused at their periphery.

10. The tiny radiator opening owes a great deal more to Jaguar designer Malcolm Sayer than to Italian tradition. Compare this to the typical Ferrari sports racers with big openings.

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