I had the good fortune of spending some time at Cavallino 2012 in Palm Beach last month. The Ferrari GTO is one of the most valuable cars ever made. They are the pinnacle of Ferrari collecting. They are fast, beautiful, rare, and very successful as a race car. As always, many of the owners bring their cars to P.B.I.R for the track events during the week.
This is the 1st of only 39 Ferrari 250 GTO’s ever produced. 3223GT is the earliest car and in December, 1961 was used for testing at Modena Autodromo driven by W. Mairesse. The car was invoiced on June 19th, 1962, sold to the USA, LHD, and originally Blue with Stripe. This car was used as Ferrari’s press conference car.
3223GT at LeMans in 1962
Some early history:
1961 December, Modena Autodromo, first tests, W. Mairesse.
1962 1962 Sebring, No. 24, 2nd OA, GT Winner, Phil Hill/O. Gendebien,
SF/ NART-Le Mans, No. 17, 6th OA, 3rd GT, Grossman / Roberts-Bridgehampton 400, No. 17, 2nd OA, 1st in Class, Grossman-Nassau Speed Week, GT Race, 4th OA, Grossman.
1963 Sebring, No. 32, 18th OA, Grossman / Mayer/ Hayes / ThiemMosport
GP, No. 23, 11th OA, Gamino-Mid Ohio, 8th OA, Gamino-Nassau TT, 1st GT Race, No. 23, 2nd OA, GT
Winner, Gamino-Nassau TT, 2nd Race, 4th OA, Gamino-Nassau TT, Govenor’s Trophy, 6th OA, GT Winner, Gamino.
1964 Sebring, No. 82, 27th OA, Perkins/Eve-Daytona, 11th. OA,
Perkins/ Eve-Little Rock Regional, 1st OA, Gamino-Thompson, SCCA ABC Production, 1st OA, Gamino-Thompson Regional, 1st OA, Gamino-Thompson SCCA, 1st OA, Gamino-Bridgehampton 500/500, 1st GT, Gamino- Watkins Glen USRRC Manufacturers Champions, DNF, Gamino.
1966 Daytona, 19th OA, Perkins/Slottag-Sebring, DNF, Perkins / Siottag, heavy crash.
1967 Cylinder heads were swapped for regular 240 HP heads. Later on new GTO heads were reinstalled when the car was restored.