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Any racing fan nut, automotive enthusiast or classic car nut worth his driving mocs knows the story of the Ford GT40. In the early 1960s Ferrari was on a six-time winning streak at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That’s when Henry Ford II initiated proceedings to take over the Maranello sportscar-maker and racing team.
As the story goes, though, the notoriously intractable Enzo Ferrari didn’t like the terms and canceled the deal at the 11th hour. Ford was left holding his hat and out of spite commissioned the GT40 with the explicit aim of knocking his Italian counterpart off his high (prancing) horse. The result was that, with the GT40, Ford won Le Mans four times in a row.
Now the Ferrari 250 GTO wasn’t one of the cars that won at Le Mans during Ferrari’s six-year reign. It was busy winning other categories during the same period. But that’s alright, because the car in the video after the jump isn’t a real GTO anyway. It is a real Ferrari, though: a 365 GTB/4 Daytona rebodied to look like a GTO. And it’s not facing off against a GT40 either – that’s actually the modern tribute, the 2005 Ford GT.
Do either of those facts mitigate the sight of seeing these cars take to the mountain roads outside Malibu, California? Hardly. But don’t take our word for it, follow the jump to watch the video for yourself and see Matt Farrah of The Smoking Tire take the joyride of his life.
Back in February we reported that RM Auctions was conducting a private treaty sale for a coveted 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO worth an estimated $16-20 million. This past week, the auction house announced that they had found a buyer for the car, but released limited details on the sale.
According to The Sun, however, the buyer is none other than British radio host Chris Evans, who also paid more than $10 million for a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder at an RM auction. The 250 GTO tops his previous purchase, though, at a reported £12 million (or approximately $18 million USD). Apparently, Evans had to sell three other Ferraris in his collection to make the purchase, and he plans to drive the car on the road.
While that’s a lot of money, Evans’ car actually wound up costing less than some other 250 GTOs. For instance, another recent example that traded hands was rumored to have a $28.5 million price tag. To top all those, a 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic was purchased for $30 to $40 million earlier this month, making it the most expensive car of all time. Hit the jump for the press release from RM and check out Evans’ latest toy in the gallery below.
Gallery: 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO chassis #4675GT
[Source: RM Auctions, The Sun]