A Ferrari 250 GTO Has Sold For Over $100 Million

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 Ferrari 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.

250 GTO Lucien Bianchi and Georges Berger Ferrari 250 GTO

250 GTO Lucien Bianchi and Georges Berger Ferrari 250 GTO

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 Ferrari 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 Ferrari 250 GTO owner of 35 years, party to the deal.”

#4153GT 250 GTO Lucien Bianchi and Georges Berger Ferrari 250 GTO
A photo of #4153GT taken in 2012. Via Vivafox Flickr

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 Ferrari 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.

250 GTO 4153 Lucien Bianchi and Georges Berger Ferrari 250 GTO

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.