The legendary 1963 Ferrari
250 GTO offered for private treaty sale by RM Auctions
that we wrote about
back in February has been sold to an undisclosed buyer for a price that some speculate could clock in at $25–$30 million. The car, chassis no. 4675 GT from an important collection in Japan
, is one of only 36 250 GTOs originally produced and one of a limited few with Series II GTO bodywork. In 2008 British real estate baron Bill Ainscough reportedly sold his 250 GTO for about $28 million to an anonymous tycoon. It ranked as the world's most expensive car until two weeks back when, as Luxist's Noah Joseph reported, an ultra-rare 1936 Bugatti
Type 57SC Atlantic changed hands privately
for $30–$40 million.
UPDATE: The buyer has been revealed as UK
radio host Chris Evans, who claims he got the 250 GTO at the bargain basement price of about $18 million. He might be dissembling, however; Top Speed says
the price was $25 million, and Top Gear notes
that Evans said he expected to pay closer to $25 million when originally announcing his intention to acquire one of the rare cars for his Ferrari collection, which also includes a $12 million 250 California Spider SWB, 275 GTB, 288 GTO, F40 and an Enzo. Quite a score in any case.
"The exclusivity of the Ferrari 250 GTO
cannot be understated," notes Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Europe. "As they rarely come to market, new owners become part of a very exclusive 'club' and are welcomed with open arms at literally any of the world's great concours events, races and rallies. We are pleased to have been able to unite this exceptional car with a new and immensely enthusiastic owner. It's fantastic that this car will now be used in earnest on the classic car scene around Europe." Evans joins the exalted ranks of Ralph Lauren
, Pink Floyd
drummer Nick Mason and some of the richest men in the world with 250 GTOs in their garages.