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Offline mondi

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A rare and classic Ferrari 250 GTO has become the most expensive car in the world after an Englishman bought it for an obscene £15.7 million at an auction. That is more than 15 specced-up Bugatti Veyrons’ worth. Said Englishman has done the “discretion” thing by remaining anonymous, a trait synonymous with people who spend this kind of money at auctions.

This Ferrari 250 GTO was one of only 39 models ever built, and they were assembled between 1962 and 1964. The cars were built to race in the FIA’s GT classes which required a model to have a run of at least 100 to qualify. How they were allowed to race regardless of its limited-production status remains a mystery. After the auction, the car has now eclipsed the previous records set by cars like the Bugatti Type 41 Royale, sold for £5.5 million in 1987 at London's Royal Albert Hall, in front of an audience of 4,000 car fans, and the 1961 Ferrari California Spyder, which sold for £5.4 million this past May.



Offline Aircon

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that's quite a bit of money.

I love my car. Buy your own



Offline S4Simon

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I could go back to England and buy a castle (with bonus title) for that money.  :scratchchin:
I've been rich & I've been poor...

Rich is better



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Offline Ferrari Fissatore

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You can become a Laird of *somewhere* in scotland for a few quid.

WOW, that's serious money....

Of the 37/39 (depends who you ask) GTO's ever built, there are 53 remaining!

I've worked on 10% of the GTO's in the world! woohoo!

I once returned a tip to a GTO owner.... I fixed his car for him, with a helper, 3 times during the 99 tour auto in France. His ignition, his dynamo, and then his shock brackets all broke at some stage or other... he had no technical support, so we helped him. Must have spent about 12 hours re-wiring points and condensors into a failed electronic conversion including making ballast resistors out of sticks and wires, repairing failed brushes in the dynamo, and arc welding the shocker brackets back on the axle...

At the end of the event, he invited me over to his dinner table and made a very nice thank you speech in front of his cronies and handed me a roll of money....

I pocketed it and went away. After a while, I took it out and counted it..... it was 200 French francs.... about $50!!!

I went to his table and gave it back, Told him he must need it more than me.

I wish he'd just said thanks and left it there.

The moral is, money does not bring class or respect. I gained a lot from that lesson!



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The moral is, money does not bring class or respect.


i have neither, so i'm fine.

good story though.

I love my car. Buy your own



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It's no secret how Enzo Ferrari got away with building only 36 250GTOs (3 litre cars; three additional GTOs were fitted with 4 litre engines, hence the total of 39) to race in a category where the FIA regs required a minimum build of 100:  he argued that the GTO was an evolution of the SWB, of which a sufficient number of cars were built.  He tried the same trick again with the 250LM, arguing it was an evolution of the GTO.  This time the FIA told him to take a long walk on a short pier, so he pulled out of the categorry, leaving it to privateers to compete in them (the LMs).  Rindt won the '65 Le Mans outright in a 250LM, beating the factory entries (they were 250Ps I think) which were in the prototype class. 






Offline B2

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FF, when it arrives, can you change the oil and filter as discussed. :D

I still remain anonymous.  Am I B1 or B2. lol

Wow that is serious dollars, well pounds to be technical.



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