Only 36 Ferrari 250 GTOs were built and two of them are heading to this year’s Salon Privé at Blenheim Palace in just a few week’s time…
Two show-stopping Italian stallions, often referred to as the ‘Holy Grail’ of Ferraris, will be gracing Salon Privé week and both have exceptional histories to back up their stunning looks up with.
Chassis number 3767GT has more pedigree than Crufts and was the first of two GTOs to be owned by renowned British privateer David Piper.
Finished in his distinctive shade of green, 3767GT made its competition debut at Brands Hatch in August 1962, and the following month Piper – along with his good friend Dan Margulies – took it to fourth place in the Tour de France.
Joining it at Salon Privé will be chassis 4399GT, which was supplied new in 1963 to the famous Maranello Concessionaires equipe of Colonel Ronnie Hoare. It won its first two races – at Goodwood and Silverstone – with Mike Parkes at the wheel, and in August 1963 it was driven to victory in the Tourist Trophy by Graham Hill, the reigning Formula One World Champion.
Ahead of the 1964 season, 4399GT was one of four existing GTOs to receive the revised bodywork that Ferrari had developed for that year – three more were built with the 1964 bodywork from new. Its shape may have changed, but its form hadn’t. Graham Hill took 4399GT to victory at Goodwood and Silverstone, Mike Parkes did likewise in the Spa 500km, and Innes Ireland and Tony Maggs took it to sixth overall, and second in class, at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Salon Privé Director Andrew Bagley:
“Values of GTOs mean that they rarely come out so for us to be welcoming not one, but two of these amazing cars to Salon Privé is an honour and a privilege. Few cars have the charisma of a GTO, and it will be a special moment to see them lining up together in front of Blenheim Palace. It’ll be particularly exciting to have David Piper as our special guest on Wednesday 1 September – we’re looking forward to reuniting him with 3767GT and hearing all about his adventures.”
There will be more Italian greats on display elsewhere during Salon Privé Week, courtesy of a brand-new feature for 2021 – The Red Collection.
The exclusive curated display will be kept under wraps until being unveiled on the opening day of the event but will include last year’s Best of Show 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Zagato Spider, plus a Ferrari F40 – one of the greatest of all supercars.
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