Gran turismo omologato
Suffix given to a number of cars- notably the Pontiac GTO and before that the Ferrari 250 GTO (said to be the greatest creation of the company).
When this term is used in the USA, you will generally find it refering to the Pontiac. However, among serious car nuts, you will find fans of the uber rare beauty designed by Giotto Bizzarrani.
Only 39 Ferrari 250 GTO's were created bewtween 1962 and 1964. They were the super-powered track version of the model Enzo's company were pushing at this period. At 185 mph it was an extremely fast car for the times. I'm not sure on this, but I think it was the fastest road legal car in the world for some time. The first instance I can think of a road car going faster was the Porsche 959 (197 mph). Don't quote me on that one.
The car dominated early 60's racing before rear engined sports racer, following in the wheeltracks of formula one, gained an upper hand.
In its day, it was the car among cars. The McLaren of past times. At the end of the eighties, a second hand model was sold for an estimated $9 million. Given inflation, it's a lot more than that now. Of course, Bugatti Royale is now a more expensive car to purchase.
Sadly, this marked the end of Ferrari's domination of LeMans and similar. The arrival of the GT40 and other factors caused Ferrari to put all its efforts into a successful F1 career, something which it has done very well.
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