’64-Bodied Ferrari 250 GTO Comes to Market
‘Most expensive car in the world’ – now, where have we heard that before? Well, as a rarest-of-the rare, a GTO is right up there. RM Auctions will be offering the iconic Ferrari GT as a sale by Private Treaty, rather than in an open auction, so the collecting community might never know its eventual selling price.
The car, chassis 4675 GT, was constructed in 1963 in the ‘regular’, early GTO body style as a Rosso Cina customer racing car for a Sig. P. Annunziata of Rome. After an accident in the 1963 Tour de France Auto – not an uncommon experience – it was rebodied by the factory in the later GTO style with lines similar to the mid-engined 250 LM.
In this configuration, 4675 GT was raced extensively in the 1964 season (at the height of the ‘Cobra Ferrari Wars’) by such drivers as Guido Fossati, Oddone Sigala, Vincenzo Nember and Luigi Taramazzo, aided by occasional drives from works Ferrari GT pilot Jean Guichet.
In 1964, paired with Carlo Facetti, Guichet drove the car in the Targa Florio and, driving solo this time, finished a fine second in the Spa-Francorchamps 500Km.
In the same private ownership since 1996, the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO will be offered for sale through the European offices of RM Auctions. For further details, please contact Max Girardo on +44 (0)20 7851 7070 or email [email protected].
Text: Steve Wakefield
Photos: RM Auctions / Actual Foto Srl - Strictly Copyright
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