Hailed as many as the ‘Holy Grail’ in the automotive world, the Ferrari 250 GTO is an icon, one which somebody has just paid a world record £52 Million for.
The 250 GTO in question is, if it’s possible, a bit more special than others. Chassis 4135 GT to be exact, a car that was placed fourth at its first race. That race just happened to be LeMans in 1963. Next, it won the 10-day Tour de France rally in 1964.
With an extensive racing history over 55 years, 4153T’s, it is one of the few 250 GTO’s that has never been crashed during it’s racing career. Originally owned by French driver Pierre Dumay who raced it at LeMans. It was subsequently sold to the Ecurie Francorchamps where the French stripes were replaced by a yellow Belgian racing stripe. Professional German racer Christian Glaesel was the cars most recent owner having had the Ferrari since 2003.
The 1963 Ferrari GTO — one of only 36 that were made — was sold in a private deal, according to Marcel Massini, the world’s top collectible Ferrari expert. Sources said the car was sold by a German collector to David MacNeil, the founder of WeatherTech, the maker of car floor mats.
Ferrari historian Marcel Massini confirmed the Chicago-based CEO finalised the purchase early last week. He told Carbuzz that the Ferrari, with chassis number 4153T, is expected to reach a value of close to £100 million in the next five years, making it quite the investment for Mr MacNeil.
This latest sale of the classic Ferrari breaks the previous record set by another 250 GTO which sold for £45 million in 2013.