By Rebecca Lindland
Renowned car collector Greg Whitten, former chief software architect at Microsoft and now chairman of Numerix, is parting with his 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, chassis no. 3413. It’s widely considered the most valuable vehicle to ever come to auction with an estimated sales price in excess of $45 million. It will be the star of auction consigner RM Sotheby’s upcoming sale in Monterey, Calif., 24-25 August, which coincides with The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
But the 3413 could sell for far more than that estimate, if recent sales are any indication. Earlier in June, German race car driver Christian Gläsel sold his 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, chassis 4153, for at least $70 million in a private sale to David MacNeil, founder of the car floor mats maker WeatherTech. In 2014, chassis 3851 sold for $38.1 million, at that time the most expensive car ever auctioned. Another rumored private sale by American collector Paul Pappalardo in 2013 estimates his 250 GTO traded hands for around $52 million.