To put it simply, it looks like an old Ferrari with gorgeous design. What makes it special is that only 39 were ever made. GTO stands for “Gran Turismo Omologato” – yes, it’s a 60s racing car.
There are many stories connected to this model, so you can Google those. What struck me was that the car stood on the lawn without any barricades, security and even no sniper on the roof near by – anyone could come close and even touch it (small kids were particularly fond of doing this).
This weekend this exact car (chassis 4153 GT ) that I shot at Goodwood Festival of Speed last year was sold for rumoured 72M dollars. With just 33 Series I GTOs produced, such as the example here, it was lower than the SWB, with a near-perfect centre of gravity – achieved by the V12 engine being moved backwards in the chassis.
This famous metallic silver example , with its distinctive yellow nose band, won the prestigious 1964 Tour de France road race (Lucien Bianchi driving) and placed 4th at Le Mans the previous year.