Here we are at the Modena aerautodromo on March 7, 1964 during a test of a Ferrari 250GTO/64 and a 330P, both visible on the transporter in this photograph. The group standing in front, from the left, are Nino Vaccarella, John Surtees with his arm around Michael Parkes, Ludovico Scarfiotti, all Scuderia Ferrari drivers participating in the test, and, on the right, Enzo Ferrari himself who is obviously enjoying the horseplay. Enzo Ferrari often came to oversee test sessions like this one at the little airport runway and access road test circuit next to Modena.
Both of the cars being tested were to be used by Scuderia Ferrari during the racing season just commencing. The 330P was the next generation of what began in the prior year as the three liter 250P and would continue in 1964 as a 3.3 liter version, the 275P. The 330P added even more power – Ferrari’s usual answer in the 1950s and 1960s – by taking the motor out to a full four liters engine displacement with other components such as the transaxle suitably strengthened.
The 250GTO/64 under test on this day, seen at left, was another development of the well known 250GTO which had been a winner in 1962 and 1963. It picked up some visual design elements of the new rear-engined 250LM which had been refused recognition by the FIA as a normal linear development of the 250GTO. The new 1964 GTO incorporated modifications to the chassis, the suspension and the motor but above all to the bodywork. These latter changes tried to improve the air penetration at the front end while reducing the earlier model’s tendency to be somewhat “loose” at the cornering limit. The 250GTO/64 seen here is the only right hand drive version which would shortly be going back to the U.K. importer Maranello Concessionaires because it was an updated version of their 1963 250GTO not a new build. As with some of the 250GTO/64s there is an aileron built into the roof, probably an attempt by Ferrari’s technical chief Mauro Forghieri to create some downforce. Unfortunately, tall drivers like Mike Parkes found the resulting headroom to be almost nonexistent and a smooth roof without the aileron was sometimes fitted to provide more interior space. There were four such updated cars done over the winter of 1963-64 together with three new builds.
These seven cars and their racing history have been exhaustively analyzed and documented in Doug Nye’s fabulous new book GTO/64.
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