I'll be the first to admit, I am not well versed in vintage cars.
In the car world I am a young'n compared to the old timers who can tell me about every limited run Ferrari produced in the 1960s.
Speaking of Ferrari, our friends at Petrolicious were up to their usual handiwork: Producing high-quality automotive film. This time it was quite extraordinary. That's because they featured a 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO.
Thing is this specific car was raced by F1 champion Phil Hill at Daytona and Nassau. Now his son is behind the wheel.
There are certain vehicles that are simply magical. They exude a certain presence and swagger when you see them in person and hear its motor turn over. The 1964 250 GTO is one of those rides.
That said, as a neophyte in the world of vintage autos I have to ask: is the 250 GTO the ULTIMATE vintage car? If NOT, can YOU name something better?
Using hyperbole to describe the 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO is unnecessary. The car speaks for itself. It is one of the last (of thirty-six) Ferrari GTOs ever built. This particular one, chassis #5571, was the first of the Series II bodies. The 3.0L V-12 produces about 300 horsepower and it completed multiple endurance races, winning its class in the Daytona Continental 2000km (this car's first race), Sebring 12 hour, and Nassau TT.
The driver is Mr. Derek Hill, who won the Ferrari Challenge International Championship in 1995 and the Formula Dodge West Coast in 1996, and raced a Bugatti EB110 at Le Mans. Additionally, he has a special attachment to this car as it was his dad, Fomula One Champ Phil Hill, that raced it in Daytona and Nassau. But what is the car really like? Well, "It's so hard to describe just how incredible it is to drive this car at speed. I mean, it's really a certain kind of ecstasy." We wish we could give you a first-hand account but, just like you, we're relegated to dreaming. If you're still reading, thank you. But we know why you're here, go on now, watch the video.