The world's most expensive car: 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO nets $100m
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The world's most expensive car has been sold for a reported US$70 million (NZ$99m) to an entrepreneur who made his fortune selling car mats.
David MacNeil, who founded WeatherTech, paid the record fee for a Tour de France-winning 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO.
Only 39 models of the supercar were built between 1962 and 1964 and the last one to sell cost an estimated US$42m (NZ$59m).
It was restored in the UK in the 1990s, but the prestigious car has raced all over Europe and Africa.
It won the ten-day Tour de France road rally in 1964 and placed fourth at Le Mans the year before.
Mr MacNeil, who's based in Chicago, has assembled a ultra rare Ferrari collection. It includes a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT, Berlinetta SWB, a 250 GT Lusso, 275 GTB, 365 GTB/4 'Daytona,' F40, and F50.
Mr MacNeil's purchase of the 250 GTO puts him on an elite list of owners that includes Ralph Lauren, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and British billionaire Lord Anthony Bamford who owns two of them.
James Knight, Group Motoring chairman at UK auction house Bonhams, told CNN: “The Ferrari 250 GTO is the motoring market's equivalent of Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers' and a talisman for any top-end collection.”
Ferrari historian Marcel Massini has said he expects a 250 GTO to fetch $100 million in the next five years.
- Daily Mail