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A vintage Ferrari used in Disney movie The Love Bug has been put up for sale for an eye-watering £4.7million.
The Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour De France was one of a number of sports cars which couldn’t compete with humble Herbie the Beetle in the 1968 children's film about a lovable Volkswagen.
But in real life, the 1956 motor was one of the world's ultimate cars. Just nine were built by the Italian company.
It is now one of the world’s most sought after vehicles and has been put on the open market for the huge sum - 15 times its value 20 years ago.
The vintage model was designed by famed car builder Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti.
It picked up its Tour de France name thanks to its dominance in the famous ten-day road race that shares a name with the famous cycle contest.

Between 1956 and 1962, the 250GT won the gruelling race seven times in a row.
This particular car was sold new to US-based property developer Tony Parravano. By 1965 it had found its way into the hands of Walt Disney’s studio.
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It later resurfaced in 1994 when Watford-based DK Engineering bought it and restored it to competition-winning condition before selling back to California.
Now, after spending the last 15 years on the west coast of the USA, Ascot-based Talacrest has shipped the Ferrari back to the UK.

It is now one of the most expensive cars to ever come onto the open market in England with Talacrest boss John Collins asking for £4.7 million.
Mr Collins, who has bought and sold all of the world’s great Ferraris, has described the model as 'pristine'.
He said: 'This Ferrari is very rare, they hardly ever come onto the market. There were just nine built and two of these were lost to crashes.
'It is in pristine condition and has won numerous awards. It is an incredibly sought after car.
'You can also compete in the Mille Miglia with this model and this isn’t possible with a lot of classic Ferraris which are built after the 1957 cut-off point.'


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