Who says older people have to drive boring cars? That’s definitely not the case for Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, who still enjoys his Ferrari 250 GTO. Mason is the only band member who has been on all of the studio albums, and has been with the group since 1965. Others have come and gone, and the band has changed over time, but Mason has always been behind his drum kit, ever since the very beginning. After such a long career, it’s understandable that he’d want to have a little bit of fun from time to time. Choosing a car like the 250 GTO is a great way to add to the fun and excitement in life, while still getting a quality vehicle that can completely be enjoyed and appreciated whether taking a road trip, sightseeing, or just driving to the store and back.
One of Mason’s favorite hobbies is car racing, and it’s something he didn’t get much time for when Pink Floyd was extremely popular. Back in the band’s glory days, their touring schedule left them little time for anything else. Because he was with the band the entire time, he never really got a break from touring and making music. It was obviously something he loved, or he would have left for other pursuits, but it still kept him from fully exploring all the other things that were of interest to him. Because of that, he put off his car racing hobby for a long time. Now, he has plenty of time to enjoy car racing, whether he wants to watch it, do it, or get involved with it in other ways. His Ferrari is a big part of that enjoyment, since it’s so close to a race car for the street.
He has a large car collection, of which the Ferrari is a part. Mason’s best guess is that he has owned at least 40 Ferrari’s in his lifetime, but the 250 GTO is a very special car. Since it hasn’t been in production for a very long time, there are few of them left and they can only be bought when they come up for auction — often for millions of dollars. This isn’t a car to be taken out for a quick trip around town, although it’s certainly possible to do so. Like most collectors, though, it’s likely that Mason owns the car but doesn’t drive it. It remains in a climate-controlled space where it can be appreciated for its beauty, instead of being taken out on the road where it can be harmed or put at risk of wear and tear or even some kind of accident.
Produced only between 1962 and 1964, the Ferrari 250 GTO had a V12 engine and a small production run. There were only 36 of these cars ever made. Thirty-three of them have one style of bodywork, while three of them have a slightly different style. The GTO was inexpensive when it was new, costing just $18,000 dollars in the United States. For the time that was costly, but if the car was bought today it would cost millions due to its rarity. The car has been nominated as the best all-time sports car, and has won many awards and recognitions for its quality and beauty. It continues to be an in-demand car for collectors like Mason, who all want to own such a significant and valuable piece of history. Its rarity is also a large part of the value it has to car collectors.
The 250 GTO was designed for racing, but offered simple mechanics for the time period in which it was created. That was important, because it made the car fast, uncomplicated, and easy to work on. More people could own and race these great cars, since they were able to service them without a lot of technological advancement that the average person may not be comfortable with. A race-proven engine and a 5-speed gearbox were used, and the car’s aerodynamics were designed around what it could do and how fast it could go. A spoiler was added for looks and safety, and the car continued to be appreciated on the track and off.
The interior is a minimalist style that reflects racing tradition, and the car offers speed and style over comfort and convenience. Still, for car collectors like Mason, it’s not about driving the car in comfort on a weekend road trip. Instead, it’s about the beauty and value of such a unique vehicle, and owning one in a safe and controlled environment where it will be protected. Undoubtedly the car will eventually be sold to someone else, and may once again set a new auction record for something that’s so hard to find anymore. So few of these cars were made, and so few of them still exist, that the price and value of them will only continue to rise in the future.