A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO made for race driver Stirling Moss has become the world’s most expensive car, selling in a private transaction last month for $35 million.
The distinctive apple-green Ferrari, one of 39 GTOs produced from 1962 to 1964, is listed among May’s high-end sales at anamera.com, a website for classic car dealers. Two specialist traders last night independently confirmed the transaction and price to Bloomberg News.
The car was sold with the last two weeks by the Dutch-born businessman Eric Heerema, owner of the Nyetimber vineyard in Sussex, southern England. The buyer is U.S.-based classic car collector Craig McCaw, the dealers said. Heerema was not available for comment when Nyetimber was contacted by Bloomberg News. McCaw was also unavailable for comment when his company Eagle River Investments was telephoned.
On top of setting the world’s record for most expensive car, the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO also has the honorary distinction of being built specifically for British racing legend Stirling Moss. Despite the fact that Moss never actually raced the classic Ferrari (his career was tragically cut short after a crash in 1962 left him in a coma for a month), the car carries a respectable racing pedigree – having won a number of races in its day. The $35 million 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO features a distinct lime-green livery and is one of 39 examples built between 1962 and 1964.
The car was displayed at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last year during the the 250 GTO’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
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