Ferrari specialist Talacrest is offering for sale the second Ferrari 250 GTO ever made. This car was the first 250 GTO to enter a race and it went on to enjoy a continuous successful period race history. It’s a serious understatement to say this is a rare occasion to purchase such an important piece of Ferrari history.
Chassis 3387 GT was completed on March the 16th of 1962 whereupon it immediately started testing duties at Monza for Scuderia Ferrari to assist the development of the 250 GTO model. Later that month the car was delivered to Luigi Chinetti Motors where as a NART entry it gained the distinction of becoming the first 250 GTO to race. It was a successful debut finishing 2nd overall and 1st in class at the 1962 Sebring 12 hours driven by Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien.
In June of that year the car was sold to Robert “Bob” Grossman of New York who promptly entered the car in the 1962 Le Mans 24 Hour race in which partnered with Fireball Roberts they finished 6th overall and 1st place in the experimental 3000cc class. Bob went to compete with success in eight further races that year and after competing in the 1963 Sebring 12 hours sold the car to one of his co-drivers from the previous season — Mike Gammino. Gammino raced the car with considerable success for the next two years and in its final in 1965 the car was raced by its previous owner Bob Grossman in the Nassau Tourist Trophy — where fittingly it won its class.
The car completed its competition career with honour and was then owned by several collector owners based in the United States. One of whom was Stephen Griswold sensitively restored the car and used the quality of the restoration as a promotional showcase for his workshop’s restoration skills.
3387 then sold to Mark Defriece and then onto notable Ferrari collector Dr Ron Finger. Finger displayed the car at Ferrari meetings in the USA before he decided to sell to Bernie Carl from Washington in 1997.
For the past 19 years Carl has raced, shown and toured with the GTO — including all the recent 250 GTO tours. As such the car has had visibility with the collector Ferrari community throughout its life.
Coming out of long-term ownership, the car is in perfect condition and ready for the next 250 GTO tour in 2017. Talacrest said it has been involved in eight 250 GTO transactions out of the entire production series.
In an interview with the Telegraph, Talacrest President John Collins, said, “I’ve been looking for a 250 GTO for a while and the opportunity came up with this one, which is the second GTO built. It is a beautiful Ferrari, the Holy Grail of classic cars.”
“I have already had one offer on the car and know there will be interest. It will get you on the Ferrari 70th anniversary tour next year. After the US election, people are going to be looking at investing in assets and this is a lot better than a painting on the wall,” continued Collins.
The asking price for the Ferrari is £45 million ($56 million USD). For further information, visit Talacrest.