Ferrari could revive the legendary 250 GTO

The Ferrari 250 GTO is one of the most special cars ever built. It's achingly beautiful, impressively fast for its time and stupidly expensive.

With just 39 250 GTOs ever being produced by Ferrari, when they do occasionally come up for sale, they're not cheap. In 2012, an example sold for just under £31 million at auction, making it the most expensive car sold under the hammer. An example was also for sale in 2016 for £45 million. Star owners of the car include Nick Mason and Ralph Lauren.

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It's therefore easy to see why there is talk of the Italian manufacturer reviving one of the most iconic nameplates ever fitted to a car.

Sergio Marchionne, chairman and chief executive of Ferrari, said to Top Gear at the Geneva Motor Show last week that there was a "platform there" for another 250.

He said: "What Jaguar has done with the lightweight cars is clever, but reinventing the 250 is a tough gig, and living off the spoils of the past is a bad habit to get into.

"But there's definitely a platform there, and hopefully we can show you something in the next few years."

Marchionne was eager to emphasise that it would not be a "continuation car", in the way that Jaguar has created new limited runs to fulfil past production runs.

Jaguar has brought out limited runs of its lightweight E-Type, XKSS and D-Type, all classic and incredibly valuable racing modes from the manufacturer's past.

While details are sketchy, this is definitely an exciting one to watch out for.

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