A Ferrari that was once involved in a fatal accident has broken the world record set by 1954 Mercedes-Benz last year for a car sold at higher price at any auction.
A red 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta made record by going for USD 38.1 million at a sale in California, auction house Bonhams said. The Ferrari has surpassed the USD 30 million price that was paid in 2013 for a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 Formula One racing car which was auctioned by Bonhams.
“We have always maintained that we would exceed the current world record … the car would bring between USD 30m and USD 40m and today the GTO did just that,” said Robert Brooks, chairman of Bonhams.
The red Ferrari was the highlight of the Quail Lodge annual event by Bonhams which was organized on the Monterey peninsula in California.
The identity of the bidder who paid this whopping amount has not been disclosed.
Meanwhile, the classic car experts are disappointed with the Ferrari’s price, saying it’s too low than what they had actually predicted for this incredible model.
According to them, the car could have brought up to USD 70 million, almost twice the amount that it presently bought.
According to Bonhams, the bidding commenced at USD11 million and hit USD 31 million within one minute.
The car had been held by a family for 49 years between 1965 and 2014, Bonhams said.
The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO is regarded as one of the greatest Ferraris ever. It was sold from the Maranello Rosso collection and stamped with chassis number 3851 GT. It was the 19th 250 GTO Berlinetta manufactured by Ferrari and was completed on September 11, 1962.
The racing car was delivered to a leading French racing driver Jo Schlesser to participate in the 1962 Tour de France Automobile. He was co-driven with the French ski champion Henri Oreiller. Unfortunatelly, Oreiller had crashed the car during Montlhéry autodrome race and later succumbed to his injuries.
The car also got defected in the accident but was repaired by Ferrari in Italy. It was then sold to Paolo Colombo for a 1963 car competition.