Isn’t it funny how the world works, just last night was I sitting in my friend’s car talking about the price of vintage cars and their investment value. I shit you not I said these exact words, “the 250 GTO will be trading for $100 million before we know it.”
Well friends, Dupont Registry has published an article citing the Ferrari Chat forum, saying that a recent and confirmed sale of Chassis 4135, won the 10-day Tour de France rally in 1964 with Lucien Bianchi and Georges Berger at the wheel, has seen just shy of 80 million CHF exchanged (AUD $106 million), making it by far the most expensive car in the world.
Specialist supercar dealer Joe Sackey made the following comment on the Forum:
“The person who purchased this GTO will likely show it, rally it, track it, and possibly vintage-race it if his other vintage and contemporary Ferraris are any indication. It is highly unlikely it will be hidden away or remain static, in fact, he’ll likely make a point of this. 250 GTO owners are a close-knit community, who benefit from a number of variant-specific regular events such as the periodic 250 GTO Reunions which draw out many of the cars, this epic adventure now factory-endorsed.
The sale is both recent & confirmed, and I was privileged to be informed in person by my client, a 250 GTO owner of 35 years, party to the deal.”
Sackey goes on to comment:
4153GT used to be owned by Glaesel and is sometimes referred to as the ex-Glaesel GTO.
It is published as having changed hands circa 2013 for @ $53m, I am not 100% sure if Glaesel himself was the seller.
That said, none of the aforementioned matters to me or what I am now able to share, which is below.
My client’s friend (a VIP USA Ferrari collector and large-scale industrialist with a world-renowned facility in Illinois) has recently concluded the deal for the purchase of 4153GT for $80 million.
My source has been my USA-based client for 12 years, has been a 250 GTO owner for 35 years, is well-known throughout the car-world as he vintage races his 250 GTO and 250 TR internationally. He is direct with the purchaser, and I regard his information as beyond reproach.
Perhaps of more interest on behalf of this thread, my 250 GTO-owning client is a multiple Miura owner.
Here is how I found out from my client speaking to me on the phone:
“Hey Joe, are you sitting down? My friend XYZ just paid $80 million for GTO 4153GT!”
Just like that.
Naturally, I am reluctant to mention the new purchaser’s name, but in the Ferrari world it should hardly come as too much of a surprise, and I am sure it will be mentioned online by others soon – not by me though. As I have suggested, the buying gentleman shares his cars at events publicly, so I doubt he intends for this to remain a secret.
According to forum posts, the new owner of the car is David MacNeil, the CEO of WeatherTech, a car parts manufacturer, whose 250 SWB won best in class at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este last week. In 2016 a stunning Blue 250 GTO was listed by Talacrest in the UK for US$55 million.