100 Cars That Changed History

tn_40-Ferrari_1956_250_GT_ZagatoFerrari 1956 250 GT Zagato” by Marty B from United States of America – Ferrari 1956 250 GT Zagato. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.


40. Ferrari 250 GT 1953–1964 Italy

Ferrari’s 250 line was the company’s most successful at the time. The sports car featured a V12, which Ferrari was known for. 250’s came on either a short wheelbase (2,400 mm/94.5 in) or a long wheelbase (2,600 mm /102.4 in). The convertibles generally used the short wheelbase. Like most Ferrari’s, the 250 debuted on a racetrack. The first 250 was the Berlinetta prototype on a short wheelbase which entered into the 1952 Mille Miglia for Giovanni Bracco and Alfonso Rolfo. Later, in 1956, Ferrari produced a GT Berlinetta “Tour de France” model on a long wheelbase. The car earned its Tour de France name by competing in the 10 day Tour de France automobile race. Other popular variations were the Pininfarina models and the California Spyder, both came on long wheelbases.


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