As far as the most desirable cars in the world go, the Ferrari 250 GTO has got to be at the top of the list. This particular 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO being sold at Talacrest in the UK, for US$55 million, is nothing short of stunning and comes with a storied race history and a price tag that will see it become the most expensive car ever sold.
Chassis 3387 was completed on March the 16th of 1962 (the 2nd 250 GTO to be built) whereupon it immediately started testing duties at Monza for Scuderia Ferrari to assist the development of the 250 GTO model. Later that month the car was delivered to Luigi Chinetti Motors where as a NART entry it gained the distinction of becoming the first 250 GTO to race. It was a successful debut finishing 2nd overall and 1st in class at the 1962 Sebring 12 hours driven by Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien.
In June of that year the car was sold to Robert “Bob” Grossman of New York who promptly entered the car in the 1962 Le Mans 24 Hour race in which partnered with Fireball Roberts they finished 6th overall and 1st place in the experimental 3000cc class. Bob sold the car to one of his co-drivers from the previous season – Mike Gammino who raced the car with considerable success for the next 2 years. In its final race in 1965 the car was driven by its previous owner Bob Grossman in the Nassau Tourist Trophy – where fittingly it won its class.
The car was owned by several collector owners based in the United States including Stephen Griswold who sensitively restored the car. Chassis 3387 was then sold to Mark Defriece and then onto notable Ferrari collector Dr Ron Finger. Finger displayed the car at Ferrari meetings in the USA before he decided to sell to Bernie Carl from Washington in 1997.
For the past 19 years Carl has raced, shown and toured with the GTO – including all the recent 250 GTO tours. As such the car has had visibility with the collector Ferrari community throughout its life, and is now officially looking for a new owner.
Check out the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO at Talacrest here.