A 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, one of just a handful in the world (Ferrari built just 39 over the 4 years it was produced) recently sold for a reported $70 million. That, for now, is a record price. Tech billionaire David MacNeil paid the hefty price tag, but his record probably won't stand very long as another 250 GTO, a 1962 model, is about to go to auction and some are estimating it could go for even more! Some expect the price for one of the 39 250 GTOs to go for $100 million in the next few years!
The Ferrari 250 GTO is one of the most legendary rides from a company with more than just a few legends in its stable. It was built as a race car and it has won hundreds of racing events over the years. More than a few prominent people, including Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and designer Ralph Lauren, have owned one over the years. This particular chassis is currently owned by a former Microsoft executive named Greg Whitten, who has owned it for the last 18 years and is now ready to sell.
It's sister car, a modified version of the original, the 250 GT California was the car Ferris Bueller borrowed from Cameron's dad in the classic '80s comedy, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. British DJ and former Top Gear host Chris Evans bought a GT California that was once owned by actor James Coburn, who was probably inspired by his friend Steve McQueen, at an auction in 2008 for £5 million, which was a record at the time.
The '62 250 GTO chassis being sold later this summer was the third one ever built by Ferarri. It's been raced in a number of events by its current owner and certainly been well-taken care over the last 56 years. Now, some lucky billionaire can take ownership of it and race it or treat it as a museum piece, as this is one car that is truly both a fantastic race car and a rare piece of art.
Check out how amazing the engine sounds in this video by Sotheby's: