Films: Driving This Ferrari GTO Is a Certain Kind of Ecstasy

Driving This Ferrari GTO Is a Certain Kind of Ecstasy

Using hyperbole to describe the 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO is unnecessary. The car speaks for itself. It is one of the last (of thirty-six) Ferrari GTOs ever built. This particular one, chassis #5571, was the first of the Series II bodies. It is equipped with a 3.0L V-12 producing about 300 horsepower and it completed multiple endurance races, winning its class in the Daytona Continental 2000km (this car’s first race), Sebring 12 hour, and Nassau TT.

The driver is Mr. Derek Hill, who won the Ferrari Challenge International Championship in 1995 and the Formula Dodge West Coast in 1996, and raced a Bugatti EB110 at Le Mans. Additionally, he has a special attachment to this car as it was his dad, Formula One Champ Phil Hill, that raced it in Daytona and Nassau. But what is the car really like? Well, “It’s so hard to describe just how incredible it is to drive this car at speed. I mean, it’s really a certain kind of ecstasy.” We wish we could give you a first-hand account but, just like you, we’re relegated to dreaming. If you’re still reading, thank you. But we know why you’re here, go on now, watch the video.

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Cade Johnson
Cade Johnson

All I can think about every time I watch this video is how desperately I wish this had been the more attractive fastback model instead. This thing is hideous comparison, which is harsh to say of such a great car.

Thilo Tequilo
Thilo Tequilo

Dear Petrolicious team,
can you please tell me the name of the song wich one played at 4:50?

guest
guest

It would be nice to thank Giotto Bizzarrini for such a special car, he designed and engineered it.

David Hearns
David Hearns

What a beautiful film, and a fabulous car… I was lucky enough to be in the Paddock at the Goodwood Revival in 2012 for the 50th Anniversary of the 250 GTO as 15 (or so) moved out for their parade lap… I’ll never forget the sight’s, sound’s and smell’s…

Gary
Gary

Congratulations to all of you who made this, & for Derek allowing it. Probably the best car vid I’ve ever seen. Dunno if there are any award a video like this can be nominated for, but I hope there is.

Leo Scott
Leo Scott

Stunning Video, goosebumps at the sound of that engine on some of the onboard shots!

What is the Music accompanying towards the end? It sounds a lot like Mogwai? But can’t find it?

André Santos
André Santos

Anyone knows the name of the song in 4:40?

ross gibo
ross gibo

I’ve been trying to find it also:c

Jorge Gatica
Jorge Gatica

I’ve watched this over 10 times, it’s going to be tough to top this video.

Top Secret
Top Secret

I think I can easily wet my pants…..one of the best I agreed.

Nick
Nick

FU@#……………!!! WHAT A SOUND!!!!!Love it when he backs off that throttle. Thank You Petrolicious, you’ve made my day.

Fernando Pereira
Fernando Pereira

A qualidade e charme dos vossos vídeos é simplesmente arrebatadora. Este vídeo e este carro são lindos.
Muitos parabéns. Por favor continuem o bom trabalho.

Frank Wulfers

Spectacular! I had to watch it a few times because I really can’t concentrate on listening to both the commentary and the gorgeous images and sounds of the car. It would be awesome if there was a separate version of just the car, the driver and the sounds of that engine.

jfalguieres
jfalguieres

You got it 🙂

Jeff Miller
Jeff Miller

I ve never commented on a site before. Today I felt compelled. I ve watched this film 3 times in the last week. Its spellbinding. I had to say thank you.

Giuseppe Fraschini
Giuseppe Fraschini

Wow wow! The best video (by far) of this year! Keep up the good work petrolicious!!

Filip Svensson
Filip Svensson

On of the absolute best petrolicious videos so far! Love it!

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay

Well… I have to say that this was the best yet.

To be honest, as amazing as the 250 GTO is, it was just wonderful listening to Mr. Hill speak with such sincerity and fondness for his father, as well as listening to him go through the gears with similar sincerity and fondness… all the while giving us a brief history lesson while we are effectively passengers along for the ride of a lifetime.

Thank you.

Jeff S
Jeff S

wow, great film. Agree that has to be the best Petrolicious film to date. Thanks.

Redvers Arnold
Redvers Arnold

Absolutely stunning video. The in car shots are fantastic and all credit to the owner for letting us view this

Pete Brissing
Pete Brissing

Top of the world ma.

Derek Jarman
Derek Jarman

You guys have outdone yourselves! The sounds from that car as it is being driven hard is just pure bliss! Thank you……..

Jose Ignacio Guerra
Jose Ignacio Guerra

One of the best video ever made congrats Petrolicious team, what a car!!!!, those cars are made to run, is good to hear that engine sound and the car running on the street, superb video with a sublime car, epic, 5 starts for it, my congratulations and respect too for the owner of this impressive Macchina the Cavallino Rampante looks amazing in this car.

The 250LM picture that I attach in this comment was on Ecuador many years ago and was auctioned on Christies last year.

Rodrigo Almeida
Rodrigo Almeida

Goddammit!!!!

Marcus Cecconi
Marcus Cecconi

Stunning car, wonderful story, amazing video and one of the best sounds on the planet.
If only sportscars produced today stirred the soul like the greats of the 60’s. Flowing bodywork, fantastic engines, REAL manual transmissions and no electronic nannys – having to learn the car.
Thank you for making this site and creating these videos!

Superleggera
Superleggera
This being released on the same day as the Laugherrari videos is a funny coincidence but the GTO looks far more fun and exciting to drive on the road and the NOISE! Talk about passion, excitement and a living breathing machine! Comment on the LF was it felt like a faster 458, well when I last drove a 458 the last thing it needed was to be faster. A GTO as we know, is not about the speed but how it makes you feel, which I imagine is amazing. Here is a great review for those who might not have… Read more »
Jonas Sundgren

Josh Clason is a master at capturing the essence of automobile enthusiasm. Audio wise, picture wise. Well done, Sir!

Marco Catalano
Marco Catalano

Wow. Just wow. That was tremendous, thank you very much Petrolicious and indeed Mr Hill for driving this car like an ace!

rob
rob

Wicked…..I immediately grabbed my headphones when I opened Petrolicious and seen the GTO video waiting to be heard.I knew it was going to be good.That V12 sound…Mama Mia!!I loved seeing the wiper arms lifting off the windshield at speed and Mr.Hill double clutching on the downshift.I have to bookmark this video.It’s classic.Thanks to everyone involved who brought us this video.

Benjamin Shahrabani
Benjamin Shahrabani

What a gorgeous video! Now my flat-6’s seem…inadequate.

Sean
Sean

The sound!!!! A symphony of cylinders… Epic 🙂

David Greenbaum

I especially like that nobody has brought up the value of this car, either in comments or in the video. Keep it classy! Best video, ever!

PaulGeudon
PaulGeudon

What a tremendous video of a truly sublime car. Always great videos from Petrolicious, but this is one is the best yet. Drive tastefully indeed.

Richard Ryder

What-a-sound!! V12 OMG!!

Rayton Fingal Fissore
Rayton Fingal Fissore

🙂 Great car. Great history. And my goodness what a fantastic sound! Petrolicious, you are second to none. I love this site!

Bernard
Bernard

FANTASTIC !!!AMAZING!!! WHAT A SOUND !!!!WHAT A CAR!!!
This video will become, like the GTO, a classic!!!

alfamarty
alfamarty

Wow! This is the best ever and I thought that some of your other videos couldn’t be topped -I eagerly wait for your videos every week-you guys amaze me

Clayton Merchant
Clayton Merchant
Petrolicious, you have absolutely outdone yourselves!! What a fantastic piece. I don’t know if Derek owns this car, but whoever does deserves the utmost respect for allowing it to be driven as intended. When seeing a car such as this GTO in a static or rolling display, it’s like seeing a caged Lion, awe inspiring to see yet I can’t help but feel a touch of sadness knowing what it is and what it’s capable of and will never get the opportunity to be again. Kudos to Derek and the owner. THAT ENGINE SOUND at speed!!!!! One of the best… Read more »
T Fritch
T Fritch

I don’t know what you guys have planned for the next week, but please postpone it & give me more videos & sound from this car. Anything else can wait.

ronaldo eduardo
ronaldo eduardo

Amazing!!!!

Simplesmente “Finas iguarias!”

Awesome, awesome!

JW Green
JW Green

This was absolutely the best video ever posted by this site. Bravo. My 996 is totally jealous. Please keep them coming. Fantastic.

Brompty
Brompty

Perfect.

Jake Williams
Jake Williams

This is definately one of the great ones. The rarest car to grace this site, a good story, and a holiday to celebrate it on. Well done, Petrolicious.

Andreas Lavesson
Andreas Lavesson
Although I was guessing we’d see a Ferrari 250 video soon (which Matthew Lange also predicted in an earlier article), I let out an audible gasp when I saw there was a video about the 250 GTO. I literally got goose bumps and chills (plural) running down my spine. I am incredibly grateful that we got to see and hear it being driven as it was meant to. Some of the videos can be slightly off-putting when it’s just talk and watching cars standing still or barely rolling. It’s not criticism directed towards the filming crew, since they obviously have… Read more »
C Helme
C Helme

Tears welled in my eyes watching this video.

It probably does not get better than experiencing this car, and I say probably only because there is but one other car that can equal it and that it is the 250 GTO Series 1.

Thank you Petrolicious and Derek Hill for this dream of a video, the best to date by far!

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange
Where to begin. I watched this at work first and, as all great car videos should do, I immediately wanted to cut the rest of the day run home and take the Daytona out and wring it out to 7500rpm to hear that V12 wail, although there are no roads around my home that is anywhere as good the road used in the vid. Huge thanks to the team at Petrolicious, Derek, and the unnamed owner (unless it’s changed hands in the last few months the owner is not anonymous) for putting what is easily Petrolicious best video to date.… Read more »
Ollie Streek
Ollie Streek

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE product a video of on board raw footage!

Mike Himber
Mike Himber

Thank you Derek Hill and Petrolicious for honoring this beautiful car and the memory of the amazing Phil Hill.

Alejandro Armendano
Alejandro Armendano

I didn’t know I was capable of have multiple orgasms…

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle

I dont think much has to be said about a Ferrari 250 GTO but i must say no video has giving me chills like seeing this car. This car is just the essence of pure 100\% car lust. The beauty of this machine is astonishing and then you mix that with the sound of the exhaust which sounds like pure euphoria. Im gonna be watching this video a few more times Im sure of it.

GT6Mike
GT6Mike

Unbelievably amazing video to watch and hear.

mtdrift
mtdrift

Fantastic – crank up those speakers! That windshield is amazing, the visibility out front just seems incredible.

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