1962 Ferrari 250 GTO with chassis #3851 GTEnlarge Photo
The 250 GTO coming up for sale is the car with chassis #3851 GT. It was the 19th 250 GTO to be built, out of a 39-car run, and it has been in the one family's care for no fewer than 49 years from 1965 until now. It will be sold by auction house Bonhams—at no reserve.
The car left the factory in September of 1962 and was delivered to the leading French racing driver Jo Schlesser, to be co-driven by himself and French ski Champion Henri Oreiller in the 1962 Tour de France. The pair challenged for victory and finished an honorable second overall.
Ferrari 250 GTO with chassis #3851 GTEnlarge Photo
Power in the original 250 GTO came from a 4.0-liter V-12 engine rated at approximately 300 horsepower.
As mentioned, the car will go up for sale on August 15 at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, which precedes the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Other highlights from the auction are a 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports 4-Seater , 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL, 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB and a 1973 Ferrari 365GTS/4 Daytona Spider.