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July 23, 2024

A New World Record Car Price? – A Ferrari 250 GTO, Naturally

by Mike –

Bloomberg reported today that a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO has become the world’s most expensive car, selling for $52 million.

Formerly owned by the Connecticut-based collector Paul Pappalardo, this GTO was bought by an unidentified buyer in a private transaction, said three specialist traders who independently confirmed the purchase and price to Bloomberg News. The seller is believed to be a Spanish collector.

My question is – why $52 million? Why not $53 million?

How does one set the price? My guess is that a billionaire is the new owner but why would he, or she, not bid that extra million dollars? The seller would probably like the extra million dollars so why not?

Did the seller say “$52 million – that’s my top bid, take it or leave it”?

Perhaps the selling process was handled by a sealed bid?

What do you think? How do a buyer and a seller agree to a world record price for such a rare and desirable classic Car?

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

I wonder if this Ferrari 250 GTO for sale here is the car that just sold? Or this one?

Ferrari 250 GTO

This is NOT the Ferrari 250 GTO that just sold

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Ferrari 250 GTO

This is NOT the Ferrari 250 GTO that just sold either

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A New World Record Car Price? - A Ferrari 250 GTO, Naturally
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A Ferrari 250 GTO sells for $52 million!


  1. Great Question

    Did the seller offer it at 55million but it was negotiated down to 52 Million?

    How do you determine if you have a 50 million dollar car if that high of a price has never been paid before?

    • Seems like there had to be more than one interested buyer.

      • Peter dreissen says

        Hi Mike

        A possible answer to your great question is .:
        Because the buyer is supposed to be a Spanish guy he probably bid 40 million euros., a nice round figure .
        With the exchange rate of a few weeks ago it comes down to 52 million dollars .
        Makes sense to me .

        Peter Dreissen from the Netherlands

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