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Ferrari 250 SWB GTO review

Published: 01 Sep 2020


What should I be paying?

This is one of the greatest driving experiences on the planet. Just keep that in mind as we swallow the numbers, because this sort of workmanship doesn’t come cheap. Think somewhere in the region of £850,000 – £950,000 a pop including tax, depending on spec and the state of the donor car you leave GTO to weave their magic into.

You’ll also have to wait 12-18 months for completion, though right now the waiting list is heading towards two years. Mark, GTO Engineering founder, has a straightforward theory for the demand: modern supercars aren’t just too fast for the road, but they’re more and more alike (lots of turbo V8s, lots of DCT gearboxes, lots of downforce). So, his bored, rich clients are clamouring for something very deliberately different.

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And until the Murray T50 comes along, there aren’t many other small-capacity V12 cars with a manual gearbox that weigh about a tonne, are there? The 250 is also usefully small, it’s not as ostentatious as a LaFerrari, and it’s extremely cool. So you won’t worry much about depreciation either. GTO has so far built 30 of these masterpieces, so it’s considerably rarer than any modern hypercar.

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