The pastel-green 1962 Ferrari 250GTO that was made for legendary racing driver Sir Stirling Moss has set a new bar for expensive collector cars: It was sold for a record $35 million in a private sale last month. It takes the crown as the most expensive car ever sold from a 1936 Type 57SC Bugatti Atlantic that reportedly sold for $34 million in 2010.
This 250GTO (chassis number 3505GT) was originally built for Moss to use in the 1962 Le Mans 24-hour race, although he never got to drive the car in anger after a career-ending crash at the Goodwood circuit in England on April 23 of that year. The GTO did race at the Circuit de la Sarthe in ’62 with Innes Ireland and Masten Gregory sharing driving duties, but it didn’t finish, dropping out of the race with electrical problems after 165 laps. Ireland went on to pilot 3505GT to a win the 1962 Tourist Trophy at Goodwood, and the car also captured a few race and hillclimb titles over the next couple of years.