World's Finest Ferraris Heading To UK's Concours of Elegance

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Rare creations will roll out of the woodwork to celebrate the famed marque's 75th anniversary.

In a month's time, Maranello's finest will descend upon the English countryside, with the 250 GTO pictured below serving as the headline act at the upcoming Concours of Elegance in the UK.

This blue-painted beauty shines like a Tanzanite in the sun. But this Italian thoroughbred is more precious than a gemstone; just 36 were ever built and the 3.0-liter V12 supercar is widely considered to be one of the world's most desirable collector cars. Over 300 horsepower is sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual 'box and, with a curb weight of around 2,200 lbs, this classic could really shift on the racetrack.

But beauty and performance aside, this desirable Italian has a phenomenal back story. Delivered new to Mamie Spears Reynolds, the wealthy heiress was obsessed with racing and cars. According to Concours of Elegance, she was quite the trailblazer and was the first woman to qualify for the Daytona 500.

Concours of Elegance
Concours of Elegance
Concours of Elegance
Concours of Elegance

She acquired the 250 GTO for an upcoming racing season, where the car was later piloted by Pedro Rodriguez. It found victory at the Daytona 3-Hour Continental and, eventually, retired to the United Kingdom where it currently resides. The gorgeous 250 GTO will be joined by one of the marque's first-ever road cars, the 1950 195 Inter. First seen at the Paris Motor Show, this was Enzo Ferrari's riposte to the Aston Martin DB2 and the spiritual predecessor to grand tourers such as the Roma.

Perhaps not as pretty as the 250 GTO, this 195 is one of the rarest. Of the 28 examples produced, just three boast coachwork by the design house Touring. A curiously small 2.3-liter V12 sits under the sculpted hood, producing around 130 horses. Also in attendance is an example of the Inter's replacement, Ferrari's mesmerizing 250 GT Europa.

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Concours of Elegance
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Notably more muscular than before, the replacement's Colombo V12 wowed customers at the time with its sprightly outputs in excess of 220 hp. Not impressive by today's standards but remarkable at the time. It may just be eclipsed by a legend of 20th-century motorsport, though. Piloted by the late Sir Stirling Moss himself, a 250 GT SWB built by Scuderia Enzo Ferrari Auto Corse (SEFAC) will also be on display.

Thanks to various performance upgrades, the SEFAC-fettled racer could hit 60 mph in five seconds, giving it the muscle to hurtle Moss to many a victory. But the real showstopper comes in the form of a little-known Prancing Horse. Lovingly known as 'Tre Posti' is the outrageous Pininfarina-styled 365 P. With a unique three-seater cabin (much like a McLaren F1), it's just one of two ever built, making it one of the rarest and most outlandish Ferraris ever.

These Italian icons will gather to celebrate the marque's 75th anniversary. It's amazing to think about the innovation and history that has been stuffed into those seven-and-a-half decades. Now, as Ferrari readies its first SUV and electric vehicle, we appreciate these classics even more.

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