250GTO to break record?

Targa Flo­rio class win­ner goes un­der the ham­mer in Mon­terey

Classic Cars (UK) - - Chasing Cars -

The record auc­tion price for a car is set to be bro­ken at RM Sotheby’s sale in Mon­terey on Au­gust 24-25. The car in ques­tion is, un­sur­pris­ingly, a Fer­rari 250GTO, chas­sis num­ber 3413GT, the third of the 36 GTOS built. It’s a car with im­pec­ca­ble prove­nance, used by Phil Hill as a test car for the 1962 Targa Flo­rio. It then passed to pri­va­teer Edoardo Lualdiga­bardi who se­cured the Ital­ian GT cham­pi­onship by win­ning nine out of the ten races in 1962.

Sold on to Gianni Bul­gari of the famed jew­ellery com­pany, it won its class in the 1963 and ’64 Targa Flo­rio events. De­spite all this and sub­se­quent race ac­tiv­ity, the car has sig­nif­i­cantly never been crashed, has com­pleted ev­ery race, and re­tains its orig­i­nal en­gine and gear­box.

The cur­rent auc­tion record de­pends on which cur­rency you mea­sure it in, but is ei­ther 250GTO chas­sis 3851GT sold in Mon­terey by Bon­hams in 2014 for $38,115,000 (£22.8m) or the Fer­rari 335 Sport for which Artcu­rial got £24,689,885 ($35.9m) at Rétro­mo­bile in 2016.

Both th­ese look like loose change com­pared to the £52m paid ear­lier this year in a pri­vate deal for 250GTO chas­sis 4135GT, which won the Tour de France and fin­ished fourth at Le Mans. Ex­pect a re­sult some­where be­tween those fig­ures.

‘Never crashed, it re­tains its orig­i­nal en­gine and gear­box’

Fer­rari 250GTO num­ber 3413GT was re­bod­ied in pe­riod to the 1964 shape

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