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Could this car be the most iconic sports car ever?

Posted on: August 15, 2014 by Platinum Direct

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Picking the most iconic sports car ever is like picking the best holiday destination ever. Everyone has their own opinion and their own reasons for choosing their favourite. In the case of sports cars, the Porsche 911, Aston Martin DB5 and Jaguar E-Type are all three beautiful sports cars that could easily be called the world’s most ‘iconic’ sports car; yet deciding on which car is more iconic than the other is, more often than not, a simple matter of opinion.

So allow us to put forward our decision for the most iconic sports car ever – the Ferrari 25GTO.

Ferrari 250 GTO
Image: caradvice.com.au

Why is the Ferrari 250GTO the most iconic sports car ever?

Built by Ferrari between 1962 and 1964, the 250GTO has become an alluring legend according to many. Famed engineer and designer, Giotto Bizzarrini, put special attention into his creation making it one of the most unique sports cars ever built.

For starters, he gave the 250GTO a three-litre V12 engine, which ensured a prolonged engine life, in addition to the responsiveness that is ideal for racing cars.

Secondly, the rare Front Engine Rear Wheel Drive layout of the 250GTO is one of the last competitive-racing front-engine cars in existence, making it even more unique.

In addition, the car was recently picked as the most iconic car of all time by Popular Mechanics Magazine and Motor Trend Classic put the 250 GTO first on their list of the “Greatest Ferraris of all time”.

If looks could kill

Co-designer Sergio Scaligetti helped craft the beautiful, smooth look of this sports car. Its effortless curves and unique body shape are what made the 250GTO popular with the public even though it was originally designed to hit the racetracks. Its V12 engine and ability to exert 302 horse power, means it still has plenty of grunt and accelerate easily from 0-100 km/h in just six seconds.

Convinced enough about what makes this car iconic? Collectors and car enthusiasts across the globe definitely appreciate these rare features as well as the historical significance it carries.

In a recent sale, a Ferrari 250GTO sold for the incredible price of $52 million in October 2013. Let’s pause for a second here – $52 million for a car!

While the price may seem far-fetched, a car finance approach may not go astray if you have your eyes on this beauty.

Some prominent owners of a Ferrari 250GTO include fashion doyen, Ralf Lauren; former Microsoft President, Jon Shirley; Pink Floyd drummer, Nick Mason and British billionaire, Sir Anthony Bamford.

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