RM Sotheby’s has broken the record for most valuable car sold at auction, with a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO selling for $48.2m in Monterey
A Ferrari 250 GTO has once again taken the record as the most expensive car sold at auction, with chassis 3413 selling for $48.2million during RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction on 25 August. Driven into the room by Le Mans legend and Octane columnist Derek Bell, the GTO exceeded the previous record – set back in 2014 – by more than $10m.
Highlights from the previous night’s auction included the $21.5m sale of DP215, the one-off 1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype. This car raced at Le Mans in 1963 with Phil Hill and Lucien Bianchi behind the wheel, and is widely regarded as one of the most significant aston Martin racers of all time. This was followed by 1966 Ford GT40 Mk II, chassis P/1016, which made $9,795,000.
During the auction, RM Sotheby’s announced that for the 2019 Monterey sale, it will partner with Aston Martin for a dedicated sale on the Thursday evening.
More on the 250 GTO
On the sale of his car, Dr. Whitten commented: ‘My journey with the 250 GTO has come to an end, but I am excited to see how this fantastic car is enjoyed by the new owner. They will have seen the seemingly unbelievable list of superlatives that are used to describe it – legendary, historic, holy grail – but I can assure them that once they get behind the wheel, they will understand that every one of them is true.’