1962 Ferrari 330 LM / 250 GTO by Scaglietti
The most expensive Ferrari ever sold at auction
The 1962 Ferrari 330 LM / 250 GTO (3765) by Scaglietti – a fleeting, ephemeral moment of beauty that, if not seized upon with the vigilance of the gods, dissolves into the shadowed corridors of memory and regret.
Over the years, 3765 changed hands, each guardian adding a new chapter to its storied legacy. It graced racetracks and concours d'elegance; a beacon of automotive artistry. As it emerged from 38 years of meticulous stewardship, it presented a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the discerning collector. And it didn’t disappoint. 3765 made history at RM Sotheby's Marquee Week Sales of Modern and Contemporary Art with sale price of $51,705,000 – officially becoming the most expensive Ferrari ever to be sold at auction.
Genesis: As the days of 1961 fluttered and fell, the artisans at Ferrari embarked upon a quest. Their mission: to forge a worthy successor to the lauded 250 GT SWB, a masterpiece that had, in its prime, reigned supreme. Yet, even the mighty face their twilight; and so it was with the Short Wheelbase Berlinetta, waning in the face of its own constraints; most notably an upright front end that curtailed its velocity at 155 mph.
Amidst this backdrop, Ferrari turned to the tried and true 250 GT platform, a veteran of the racetrack and the boulevard. Giotto Bizzarrini was entrusted with the task of refining this already formidable legend. His canvas: aerodynamics, his brushes: the wind tunnel at the University of Pisa and the hallowed asphalt of Monza.
This mechanical phoenix, lower and more lithe than its predecessor, heralded a new era in Ferrari's storied history. As the Scuderia Ferrari shifted its focus to the rear-engine Dino prototypes, the 250 GTO found champions among privateers, racing into glory with victories that etched its name into the annals of motorsport history.
This is no mere car; it is a piece of history, a work of art, a dream made tangible. It is an opportunity as rare as a shooting star – a moment that beckons with the promise of immortality. It is an invitation to become part of a legacy that will endure long after we are gone. And we can live in the knowledge that the 3765 proved the relentless pursuit of perfection was possible, if even for a brief sliver of time, while we were here.