250 GTO smashes record

Classics Monthly - - Fuel -

A 1962/3 Fer­rari 250 GTO Ber­linetta (chas­sis num­ber 3851GT) has be­come the most ex­pen­sive car ever sold at auc­tion, sell­ing for $38,115,000 (£22,843,633) at the Bon­hams Quail Lodge Auc­tion in Mon­terey, Cal­i­for­nia on 14 Au­gust. The 250 GTO model was de­signed to con­test the 1963 FIA World GT Cham­pi­onship. Only 39 250 GTOs were built by Fer­rari and this par­tic­u­lar ex­am­ple is one of the best main­tained and most raced of them all. 3851GT was the 19th Fer­rari GTO to be com­pleted and was in­voiced on Septem­ber 11, 1962. It was most re­cently owned by Ital­ian en­thu­si­ast Fabrizio Vi­o­lati and was the cen­ter­piece of his Collezione Maranello Rosso of pre­cious Fer­raris, pre­vi­ously on view to the gen­eral pub­lic in the Repub­lic of San Marino.

A 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196, sold for £17,735,702 by Bon­hams at the 2013 Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed, pre­vi­ously held the record.

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