Presented by Mecum Auctions – The term GTO—Gran Turismo Omologato, Italian for Grand Touring Homologated—is a very special designation in Ferrari parlance that, until 2010, was used on only two Ferraris in the company’s history: the 1962 250 GTO and the 1984 288 GTO. Historically, homologation specials were built for road use to qualify their racing counterparts for sanctioned competition. Ferrari reversed that concept for the 599 GTO, which, rather than being built to go racing, was intended as a “road homologation” version of the track-purposed, extremely limited-production 599XX, upon which the 599 GTO relies for many components and experience in producing its extraordinary performance.
In fact, the 599 GTO was the fastest, best-handling and most powerful roadgoing Ferrari to its moment, and, at just 599 produced worldwide and 125 assigned to the U.S. market, one of the most exclusive. Its front-midmounted 6.0L V-12 engine, which Ferrari described as being “90 percent 599XX,” generates 661 peak HP and 458 lb-ft of torque—then the highest figures in the history of roadgoing Ferraris—through a 6-speed F1 automatic gearbox on the way to a 208 MPH top speed. Extensive use of carbon fiber and lightweight alloys shaves 220 pounds from the 599 GTB’s specs, and magnetorheological suspension, red-painted calipers securing massive carbon-ceramic rotors and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires on 10-spoke alloy wheels bestow the 599 GTO with otherworldly manoeuvrability.
Because it’s a Ferrari, sheer beauty is integral to the 599 GTO’s character; in this Ferrari Classiche-certified 2011 example, it’s expressed in traditional Rosso Corsa paint with Scuderia shields. Beckoning with a mix of tan and black leather, sculpted carbon fiber and matte-finish alloy controls, the inviting, driver-focused interior is highlighted by an attention-getting yellow 10,000 RPM tachometer (supplemented with a shift indicator light ensconced at 12 o’clock on the Manettino-equipped steering wheel), 220 MPH speedometer, dual-zone climate control and Prancing Horse headrest emblems; a special dedication plate declaring “Ferrari 31 Formula 1 World Titles” is an appropriate finishing touch. Offered at a mere 175 miles and complete with all books, manuals, tools and accessories, this Ferrari Classiche-certified 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO is unquestionably worthy of its Gran Turismo Omologato title.
This vehicle will be auctioned off at Mecum Auctions’ Glendale 2021 event (March 18-20).