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The “#TBT” hashtag has been tagged a staggering 250 million times on Instagram to date. Our latest recurring segment aims to expand the hashtag into a more comprehensive exploration of vintage culture and lifestyle articles. Ranging from automotive and design to fashion and music, while touching on a broad range of additional topics, this week we take a look at the Ferrari 250 GTO.

The Ferrari 250 GTO is considered by many to be one of the most coveted cars to ever see production from the prestigious Italian automaker. The body is the work of Sergio Scaglietti, a name that is synonymous with Ferrari, who was born in Modena and began his career in the automotive industry at age 13. Designed to compete in the GT races, this Ferrari grail was produced in numbers of 36 only, from 1962 to 1964, cementing it as one of the most covetable and rare models. Ralph Lauren’s personal collection happens to include an impeccable example of the 250 GTO, which he acquired in 1985 for a price of $0.65 million. For comparison’s sake, the most recent sale of a Ferrari 250 GTO in 2014 took place in Monterrey, California for $38 million. Built around a two-seater berlinetta tubular steel body, the 250 GTO’s thoroughbred V12 engine clocks in with a top speed of 280 km/h. At the time, this model represented the pinnacle of development; owing its clean lines to extensive wind tunnel research.

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