World’s most ex­pen­sive car

Shepparton News - Shepparton Car Weekly - - SHEPPARTON CAR WEEKLY -

At Bon­hams auc­tion at Mon­terey Car Week, in Cal­i­for­nia re­cently, records were shat­tered when a 1962 Fer­rari 250 GTO, chas­sis num­ber 3851 GT, was sold for US$38.1 mil­lion.

This is the most ever paid for an au­to­mo­bile at auc­tion, un­der­scor­ing the un­ri­valed de­sir­abil­ity for Fer­rari in the col­lec­tor car mar­ket and the con­tin­ued dom­i­nance of the brand at auc­tions world­wide.

This Fer­rari 250 GTO is now, ef­fec­tively, the most valu­able and cov­eted car in the world.

The car was the 19th Fer­rari GTO to be com­pleted and was in­voiced on Septem­ber 11, 1962.

It was orig­i­nally fin­ished in me­tal­lic pale grey with length­wise red, white and blue cen­tre­line stripes when ac­quired by its first owner, French For­mula 1 driver Jo Sch­lesser.

The car’s last owner was Ital­ian Fabrizio Vi­o­lati and the car was part of his Collezione Maranello Rosso.

Other no­table sales re­sults for Fer­rari in­clude: • 1958 Fer­rari 250 GT Se­ries 1

Cabriolet US$6.8 mil­lion; • 1953 Fer­rari 250 Mille Miglia

Ber­linetta US$7.2 mil­lion; • 1969 Fer­rari 365 GTB/4 ‘Day­tona’ Ber­linetta Com­pe­tizione US$935000; • 1962 Fer­rari 250 GT short-wheel­base Spe­ciale Aero­d­i­nam­ica US$6.8 mil­lion; and • 1978 Fer­rari 312 T3 For­mula 1 Rac­ing sin­gle-seater US$2.3 mil­lion.

This Fer­rari 250 GTO is now, ef­fec­tively, the most valu­able and cov­eted car in the world

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