That will require a cheque of the order of £45 million! The car, inevitably, is a Ferrari 250 GTO, and a rather special one at that. It is the second GTO ever made (of 36) and the first to go racing. It is Phil Hill’s GTO from the Sebring 12 Hours of ’62 (where he came second with Olivier Gendebien) and a podium car from Le Mans the same year.
The ’62 GTO continued racing, mostly in the US, through to the mid ‘60s, all without major mishap. It then changed hands a few times: for $2,500 in 1968, $5,400 in 1969, and for $13,000 in 1975 to Stephen Griswold who, after completely restoring the car and repainting it red, sold it for $125,000 – one three-hundredth-and-sixtieth of what it is up for now. How would you feel?
You may remember the car from the Goodwood Revival in 1999 when it was driven by our own Emanuele Pirro. By now it was back in NART blue metallic with a white stripe in honour of its American provenance: in ’62 it was used by the factory as a test car at Monza before being sold to Luigi Chinetti of the North American Racing Team.