A US billionaire has paid 35 million dollars for the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO owned by a Dutch wine-grower.
Dutchman Eric Heerema, owner of Sussex vineyard Nyetimber, had bought the sports car 10 years ago for 8.5 million dollars. The Dutchman earned a fortune on investments and since runs a vineyard in Britain, where he lives.
Just 39 Ferrari 250 GTOs were ever made. The model sold on Friday was specially made for the British race-driver Stirling Moss. But Moss never drove the model because just after it was built, in 1962, the Brit ended his racing career following a crash.
The Ferrari did participate in the 24-hour race of Le Mans in 1962, but that was both the first and the last time the car joined a race.
It would be nice to think the new owner toasted his new car with a bottle of Nyetimber.