Another day, another Ferrari 250 GTO. Today we find news that one of the erstwhile bedroom pin-ups has sold for £20.2 million, thus making it the UK’s most expensive automotive sale.
This particular car, number 5095, is believed to have been sold by British businessman Jon Hunt who bought the car in 2008 for a paltry £15.7m. Jon Hunt, in case you wanted to know, is the man who founded - and then sold - the Foxton’s estate agency.
The new owner will surely delight in that 3.0-litre V12, some 300bhp and a 0-60mph time of around 6.1 seconds and top speed of 174mph. Or somewhere near that, considering the price and rarity of the thing - just 39 GTOs were built between 1962 and 1964, of which two now belong to Chris Evans and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.
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TopGear.com have named some of their favorite cars from 2011 including cars like the Lamborghini Aventador and the Porsche 911 Carrera S (see the photoset above for some, click the link for the rest.)
There are some quality picks in there but we wonder what your favorite cars were. What say you?
This is the Hennessey HPE800 Twin Turbo Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8…
That 800 in the moniker stands, naturally, for how many horses have been strapped under the Santa-spec red bonnet. 805bhp, to be precise, that ride shotgun with 823 torques to give a 0-60mph time of 3.1 seconds. That’s fractionally, fractionally faster than a Ferrari 458 Italia. Mr Hennessey tells us it’ll do the standing quarter mile in 10.9 seconds, travelling at 130mph.
That massive 6.4-litre V8 gets rebigulated to 7 litres, treated to two turbos and mated to an upgraded transmission and torque converter. It also gets 20in wheels, much leather and Alcantara, a Brembo brake system, lowered sports suspension and a carbon fibre lip spoiler.
Just 24 will be built, with prices starting from £150,000 ($235,000).
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From one of our favorite carpr0n sites, wreckedexotics.com:
Touted as the Ferrari that most successfully embodies the traits of the marque, the 1962-64 Ferrari 250 GTO became the most valuable car in the world. In 2008 an anonymous English buyer bought a 250 GTO at auction for a record $28,500,000. The crash below represents a car worth more than the combined value of all 14 Enzos involved in accidents. It is simply unbelievable that an owner would even dare take this car on the road. After a track event involving historic cars, the owner of this rare beast rammed into the back of another car after traffic slowed down.
The internet’s been fizzing all day today with reports of a very painful, very expensive 14-car crash on the Chugoku highway in Shimonoseki, Japan. Largely because it involved a convoy of Ferraris. And a Toyota Prius.
The lead driver of said convoy, which was journeying to Hiroshima for a supercar meet, attempted to change lanes but hit a barrier, spun out and caused all the cars to crash horribly, embroiling a Toyota in the process. Luckily, nobody was injured. But it remains a deeply troubling sight.
Something else has also unsettled us.
Depending on your news source of choice, there were eight Ferraris involved, three Mercedes-Benzes, a Nissan Skyline and a Lamborghini Diablo.
Now, we’ve had a look at all the footage and we can only identify six Ferraris (two 355s, a black 360 with racy bolt-on parts, a red 360 with racy bolt-on parts, a 430 Scuderia and a cocaine-white 512 Testarossa). But no Lamborghini. Or Skyline.
What’s got us most confused is the estimate of these destroyed cars collective worth. If you believe The Telegraph, the total adds up to as much as $4 million, while BBC News claims 300 million Yen (or $3.8 million)….
But the costs of these cars do not equal up to anywhere near $1MM.
So what *is* the most expensive supercar crash in the world?
There are few cars more beautiful than a Ferrari Daytona
(Pictures taken from Top Gear series 12, episode 5)
Designed by Istituto d’Arte Applicata e Design (IAAD) student Aldo Schurmann, the Celeritas, translated from Latin as ‘swiftness’ or ‘speed’, is a two-seat, ultimate speed machine in the vein of the Enzo, designed “for no other purpose than achieving outrageous speeds”.
Schurmann took inspiration for the design from a horse and a shark - two Top Gear vetted and approved animals - and mirrors the Enzo’s dimensions.
It looks like no other Ferrari we’ve ever seen — but maybe that’s a good thing?
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