Ferrari 250 GTO up for sale, could set a new record

RM Auctions will be selling a Ferrari 250 GTO, chassis #4675GT. This is an extremely rare car, with only 36 built, and it is expected to sell for a very high price, possibly snatching the record for the most expensive car ever sold at an auction.

Currently, the record is held by a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, chassis #0714TR. It sold at an auction for about $12.2 million last May. However, this is only an official record, as plenty of cars trade hands behind the scenes. In fact, a 250 GTO was rumoured to sell for $28.5 million a few years ago, although it was never confirmed.

This 250 GTO has quite a racing record, including two entries in the 1000km of Monza, an entry in the Targa Florio, and an entry in the 500km de Spa (Where it placed second overall). Its latest race was at the Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca in 2004, driven by current owner Yoshiho Matsuda. He has owned it since 1996.

This is really the sort of stuff which makes you wish you had several million dollars lying around in the bank. The car is stunning, one of my all-time favourite cars. I really envy the person who gets their hands on it.

Press Release:

RM Auctions, the global leader in the collector car market with a specialization in the sale of Ferraris, is representing the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO (chassis no. 4675 GT) – one of the most coveted cars in the world, for private treaty sale.

In addition to its impressive motor car auction results at prestigious locations around the globe, including the sale of seven of the top 10 Ferraris ever sold at auction, RM generates an average of $50 million in private treaty transactions year over year.

“The Ferrari GTO is unquestionably one of the most iconic and coveted cars in the world,” says Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Europe. “This is truly a rare occasion for collectors to acquire such an important piece of automotive history and we are pleased to be chosen by 4675 GT’s current custodian to represent it on the open market.”

The 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO (chassis no. 4675 GT) is one of only 36 250 GTOs originally produced and one of a limited few with Series II GTO bodywork. In addition to being considered one of the most beautiful cars ever built by Ferrari, the GTO was tremendously successful in competition, securing multiple World Championships for the Modenese car builder.

In April 1963, 4675 GT left the factory finished in Rosso Cina. It was raced by such drivers as Guido Fossati, Jean Guichet, Oddone Sigala, Vincenzo Nember and Luigi Taramazzo and proved itself a tremendously capable racing car, rarely finishing outside the top three in its class and achieving numerous race wins. It participated in the full range of competitive events, including hillclimbs, endurance races and rallies.

The present owner acquired 4675 GT in 1996, and has maintained it in his exceptional, world-renowned Japanese collection ever since. Most recently 4675 GT has participated in the ultra-private events reserved only for GTO owners, namely the 35th and 45th GTO Anniversary Tours in France and California.

For more information about the purchase of this car, please contact Max Girardo at RM Auctions on +44 (0) 20 7851 7077.

Source: Autoblog

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