Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans bought a rare 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder at the recent RM Auctions/Sotheby’s Ferrari Legend and Passion auction, paying a record Euro 7,040,00 million (£5.6 million, $10.9 million) for the car, which once belonged to actor James Coburn.
This fantastic car, an evolution of the 250 GT Tour de France, is one of the best-loved 12- cylinders ever built: it has a total displacement of 2953 cc, punches out 280 hp and features 3 carburettors. It was styled by Pininfarina, who also designed the latest addition to the Ferrari range, which was revealed online just a few days ago and has been named the California in honour of this special car.
Other stars of the auction included the 1964 Ferrari 250 LM which fetched in excess of 4.5 million euro and one of the 612 Scagliettis, fresh from the Magic India Discovery tour just a few weeks ago, which sold for Euro 220,000. The proceeds from the latter car will be donated to the Pune Centre for Learning Resources, an Indian foundation that provides schooling for children in disadvantaged areas.
Ferrari memorabilia also proved irresistible to bidders: a F1 Pit race control assembly from the 2004 Formula 1 World Championship went under the hammer for just under Euro 50,000 while a complete series of 1949 to 2007 Ferrari annuals sold for over Euro 55,000. Kimi Räikkönen’s race overall, which was also autographed, fetched over Euro 11,000.