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The name, “GTO” (Gran Turismo Omologata) instantly calls to mind two Ferraris that have entered the collective imagination as symbols of performance. After the 1962 250 GTO, which swept the boards in GT racing categories in the 1960s and is now a highly prized collector's car, came the iconic 1984 288 GTO, which pretty much invented the entire modern supercar genre. The 599 GTO is the most recent GTO. Ferrari has only given this name to 3 cars and each GTO was based on a circuit car - the 599 GTO was based on the 599 GTB Fiorano chassis but is essentially the road-going version of the 599XX track car.
The 599 GTO weighs 100 kg less than the standard GTB by a severe diet in a similar manner to other recent Ferrari lightweight models such as the 430 Scuderia. The 599 GTO is visually aggressive thanks to styling elements derived from the 599XX - but it's not all for show. Thanks to concepts transferred from the track car to the road-going version, the GTO generates downforce of 144 kg at 200 km/h. The entire car has received design revisions over the standard GTB including the front, the sides, the flat underbody and the cooling flows. In the latter instance, the GTO can count on improved ducting to the brake discs and pads, and the adoption of wheel doughnuts – a disc positioned outside the brake disc that ensures that hot air exiting the wheel arch stays as close to the body of the car as possible to reduce drag; again a feature borrowed straight from the FXX.
When produced in 2011 Ferrari announced that the 599 GTO was their fastest road car ever, able to lap the Fiorano test circuit in 1 minute 24 seconds, one second faster than the Ferrari Enzo. Its engine produces a staggering 661 bhp at 8250 rpm, with 460 lb-ft of torque at 6500 rpm. The 599 GTO can sprint to 62 mph in under 3.35 seconds whilst easily reaching a top speed of over 208 mph.
Delivered new to the U.K. via Dick Lovett Ferrari in Swindon, this spectacular 599 GTO was specified new through Ferrari’s Atelier program, the precursor to Ferrari Tailor made. As such, it boasts a variety of desirable options both inside and out. Painted in Blu Tour de France with its roof finished in contrasting Grigio Silverstone Opaco, the car’s interior boasts Nera Alcantara with 3DE fabric in Tessuto Nero and Grigio Scuro Stitching. Further to this, the car is equipped with the following optional extras: carbon fibre wheel cups, the heat insulated windscreen, iPod connection, Cascade Telematic navigation system, Navitrack antitheft system, front and rear parking sensors, white rev counter, carbon fibre racing seats (size large), the driver’s seat adjustment device, and the Bose Hifi system.
Shortly after its delivery, the car was shipped to Malaysia where it spent a number of years before returning to the U.K. c. 2015. In its history file are a handful of recent service invoices, with the most recent being an annual service carried out by Joe Macari in London at 2,690 mi. Since then, the car has been driven roughly 800 miles with its current owner, recorded as the eight registered keeper on.
Considered to be one of Ferrari’s most exciting front-engined V-12 cars produced thus far into the 21st century, 599 GTOs have seen renewed interest in the market in early 2022, with us at DK Engineering having the privilege of selling three different examples within the last five months. This beautifully specified, low mileage example presents in wonderful condition throughout and would be a fantastic addition to any collection. Its sporty, yet subtle specification excludes sophistication and it is ready to be driven and enjoyed. It is presently available for inspection at our facilities just outside of London.
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