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Considered by many to be the greatest Ferrari of all time, a gathering of 250 GTOs was the must-see attraction at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
With just 36 ever built, between 1962 and 1963, all were invited to attend the prestigious car show, with 22 making the journey, from as far away from Europe and Hong Kong.
Based on the 250 GT SWB, the GTO was designed for racing… and race it did, competing at the world’s most renowned motorsports events and winning at many of them. Some of the 22 models on display were driven by legends like Stirling Moss, Phil Hill and Jackie Stewart.
With such history behind these cars and tremendous enthusiasm for them, some of the cars have sold at auction for as much as $30 million in recent years. So make sure to browse through the gallery below and leave the math to us… you could be looking at $660 million in Ferraris!
GALLERY: Ferrari 250 GTOs
Team Lotus will return to Formula 1 after a 16 year absence… sort of. While two cars scheduled to run in the 2010 season will proudly wear the Lotus name, the team will actually be owned and operated by Litespeed, a U.K.-based Formula 3 team.
Team Lotus rights holder David Hunt has allowed the company to use its name, in part due to the many ties Litespeed has with Lotus and its past Formula 1 efforts. Litespeed founders Nino Judge and Steve Kenchington are both former Lotus engineers.
Additionally, former Team Lotus driver Johnny Herbert will be involved in the project as an ambassador for the team and a manager for the drivers.
The new Team Lotus has also announced that vehicle design is being overseen by MGI and its owner Mike Gascoyne, a native of the Lotus stomping grounds in Norfolk.
“Team Lotus is synonymous with great British engineering and F1 innovation… both of which easily demonstrate why ex-Lotus personnel would want to bring this championship-winning name back to the formula,” said Judge in an interview with AutoSport. “Litespeed was born from a similar British background.”
“David Hunt has been the custodian of the name for so many years and we thank him for entrusting us not just with its safeguard but, more importantly, its development in the racing world of tomorrow.”
Team Lotus started in Formula 1 in 1958 after great success in the F2 series. Over the years some of the greatest drivers in motorsports raced for the team including Stirling Moss, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansel, Nelson Piquet, Mika Häkkinen and of course Ayrton Senna. The team won seven World Championships with its last race win coming from Senna in 1987. It continued on into the 1990s but struggled financially and on the track before it pulled from F1 at the end of the 1994 season.
World Debut of Supercar-Roadster at North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit
Mercedes kicked off the Detroit Auto Show with the world premiere of its fabulously ridiculous SLR Stirling Moss.
With a substantially altered body, this chiselled machine looks more Mansory than Mercedes-Benz. It was designed in homage to Stirling Moss, who piloted the original 300 SLR to victory in the famous Mille Miglia race. In fact, Moss still holds the race record with a time of ten hours, seven minutes and 48 seconds.
Under the hood of the SLR Stirling Moss can be found a familiar supercharged 5.5-liter V-8 engine that pumps out power equal to that of the SLR 722 Edition. The powerplant generates 650hp and 605 ft-lbs of torque. Due to the significant weight reduction, however, the SLR Stirling Moss trumps even the 722’s impressive 3.6-second 0-62 mph time with a 3.5 second run. It is also capable of hitting speeds as high as 217 mph.
Without a top the SLR Stirling Moss is 241 lbs lighter than a standard SLR, tipping the scales at just 3,419 lbs.
Amazingly, this new super-roadster is 164mm longer than a standard car and is 7mm wider.
Mercedes announced that it will build just 75 units of the SLR Stirling Moss – almost all of which are already spoken for. This is not only amazing when you consider the cost is 750,000 Euros, but it is even more shocking when you consider only previous and current SLR owners will be invited to purchase one.
The SLR Stirlig Moss was the first of many vehicles unveiled at the second annual Mercedes-Benz New Year’s Reception and, surprisingly, was not the star of the show. Mercedes also showcased its Concept blueZERO and the main attraction, the new 2010 E-Class.
See more on the SLR Stirling Moss here.
SLR Stirling Moss:
Follow the jump for the official press release.
Mercedes-McLaren to unveil yet another special-edition SLR… when will the madness end?
It seems as though the Mercedes-McLaren partnership releases a new special edition version of the SLR every week. This week it’s the SLR Stirling Moss edition, a topless version of the SLR designed to celebrate Moss’s many Mille Miglia victories during the 1950s.
Ironically, Mercedes actually says the car that is not intended for the racetrack – hardly a fitting homage to Stirling Moss.
Power is still served up in massive doses, however, with the standard supercharged V-8 pumping out 650hp.
And while the supercar sans-windshield looks like something out of a Marvel Comic (or out of the Ambiguously Gay Duo’s garage), it does evoke a certain nostalgic resemblance to open-top autos from days gone by.
The design is undeniably unique and it’s hard not to love the front bumper redesign.
Located in the trunk are two body panels that can be placed over the open cockpit, transforming the sleek machine into a genuine automotive piece of sculpture.
The SLR Stirling Moss edition will also be priced like a piece of fine art at 750,00 Euros ($1.5 million). Only 75 units will be made.
Mercedes describes the Stirling Moss edition SLR as the “crowning glory” to the SLR family. One can only hope that means McLaren will now stop beating this dead horse.
Official press release after the jump: