Skip to main content

An icon in Maranello: Steve McQueen's 275 GTB4
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
By: Ferrari S.p.A.

An icon in Maranello: Steve McQueen's 275 GTB4  Ferrari Classiche recently took delivery of one of the more interesting cars ever to leave the factory - a 275 GTB4 that originally belonged to legendary American star, Steve McQueen who took delivery of the car in San Francisco when he was on the set filming Bullitt.

The new owner brought the car to Ferrari Classiche for the company's authenticity certification process, knowing that at some time during the 1980s, when under previous ownership, the car had been converted to a Spider.

Under the provisions of the certification process, a Ferrari can only be authenticated if it is to exactly the same specifications as when it left the factory. To this end, the new owner wisely decided to return the car to its original coupé form and Ferrari Classiche has undertaken the restoration reproducing the roof and buttresses with hand-beaten steel panels.

Ferraris continue to be an excellent investment, as has shown in a recent report by Business Week on a private treaty sale for $35 million of a 250 GTO built for Stirling Moss.

An icon in Maranello: Steve McQueen's 275 GTB4  

A world record price that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the launch in 1962 of this homologation special (hence the designation Gran Turismo Omologata), of which just 36 examples were built, and which achieved a seemingly endless series of victories in GT racing in the early 1960s, culminating in three consecutive Manufacturers' titles in 1962, '63 and '64.

The Ferrari 250 GTO has been revered in classic car circles for decades for its combination of thoroughbred looks, performance and motor sports heritage and, in 1990, a 1962 example set a then record auction price of $10,756,833. This world record was to stand for 18 years until it was beaten in 2008 by another Ferrari, a 1961 250 California sold by RM Auctions in collaboration with Sotheby's in Maranello for $10,910,592. That record was again beaten in 2011 by the sale in Pebble Beach of a 1957 250 Testa Rossa for $16.39 million.

A considerable contribution to the interest for classic Ferraris in recent years has come from the company's direct involvement, with its dedicated department providing certificates of authenticity which testify to the originality of a car. Set up in 2006, Ferrari Classiche has to date processed over 3,300 certification requests using the company's exhaustive archive records and original designs.

Photo credit: Ferrari S.p.A.

   Recent Articles
Pair of Historic Duesenbergs Emerge From Five Decades of Single Ownership for RM Sotheby's Hershey Sale

• Fall tradition: RM Sotheby's readies for 10th anniversary Hershey, Pennsylvania sale, October 6-7
• Headline attractions: 'Mexican Model J Duesenberg' and Model A/Y Phaeton Prototype come to market after more than 50 years in single-family ownership
• Coinciding with the AACA's Eastern Division Fall Meet, multi-day auction features some 120 motor cars, with an emphasis on significant American marques
• Frequently updated list of entries available at www.rmsothebys.com
BLENHEIM, Ontario ....
FORDS ON FILM – WHICH IS THE BEST?

◾FordFest aims to name the nation's favourite Ford from the silver screen
◾Survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3NPWQK2
◾FordFest takes place at Santa Pod, Beds, on Sunday, September 18.

Whether it's the tyre-screeching Consul 3000GT from The Sweeney, Steve McQueen's smoking Bullitt, Gene Hunt's famous bronze Cortina from Life on Mars or the somewhat more genteel flying Anglia from Harry Potter, Fords have long been stars of film and TV.

But which is the nation's favourite? ....
68 STUNNING CARS FOR THE SALON PRIVÉ SALE

68 cars for auction at Silverstone Auctions' Salon Privé Sale
◾Significant number of very low mileage, highly collectible classic cars
◾The auction takes place at Blenheim Palace on Saturday 3rd September

An incredible collection of 68 cars will go under the hammer on Saturday 3rd September in Silverstone Auctions' sale at Salon Privé.

The fabulous selection features some fantastically low mileage classics, delivery miles modern hypercars, highly original and rare homologation specials, ....
RM Sotheby's Generates $117.9 Million & Secures Top Two Sales of 2016 Monterey Auction Week

• RM Sotheby's reaffirms market leadership with $117.9 million in sales at its flagship Monterey, California sale, August 19-20
• Top-sellers: Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-Type and stunning Alfa '2.9' claim top two sales of the 2016 Monterey auction week
• Jaguar D-Type, XKD 501, smashes previous record for a British car sold at auction at $21.78 million; stunning 'Alfa 2.9' soars into record books at $19.8 million—a new auction benchmark for any pre-war automobile
• CSX 2000, the very first Shel....
Records Set for Any American Car and Any British Car at RM Sotheby's Friday Monterey sale

• Le Mans legend: Ex-Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar D-Type smashes record for a British automobile sold at auction at final $21.78 million
• CSX 2000, the very first Shelby Cobra, achieves $13.75 million, setting a new auction benchmark for an American car
• RM Sotheby's flagship Monterey, California sale continues, Saturday, August 20
MONTEREY, California (August 19, 2016) – RM Sotheby's kicked off its flagship Monterey, California sale before a packed house tonight, setting a series of recor....
CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE ANNOUNCES TAITTINGER AS OFFICIAL CHAMPAGNE PARTNER

◾Taittinger Champagne will join sixty of the world's rarest and most incredible cars at Windsor Castle from 2-4 September in celebrating the history of the motor car
◾One of the world's leading Champagne Houses, Taittinger, has been announced as Official Champagne Partner to the Concours of Elegance 2016
◾Family owned and managed, its history, dedication to high quality, elegant style and passion for the arts makes Taittinger the ideal match for Concours of Elegance
◾Tickets to the Concours o....
Lancia Named 2016 Best of Show

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (August 21, 2016) — The 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance concluded with first-time entrant Richard Mattei lifting the top prize high overhead soon after his 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet was named Best of Show at the prestigious competition.

When the award was announced, it took Mattei a moment to grasp the accomplishment: 'I was just happy to be an entrant at Pebble Beach—and now to get an award, and not just one, but three!' His Lancia won its cl....
WITH 15 DAYS TO GO UNTIL THE GATES OPEN, CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE 2016 ROUNDS UP 15 INCREDIBLE CAR HIGHLIGHTS

◾Concours of Elegance rounds up 15 car highlights from its 2016 event, which kicks off at Windsor Castle in just 15 days
◾From the very first examples of the motor car to the latest supercars, Concours of Elegance tells the story of the automobile from its beginnings to the present day
◾Tickets available from: www.concoursofelegance.co.uk/tickets/

The Concours of Elegance returns to Windsor Castle from 2-4 September, as some of the world's most incredible cars take residence in the Quadrang....

   Related Vehicles
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4  1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4  1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4  1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4  1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4  
2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn
2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn  2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn  2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn  2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn  2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn  
2016 BMW 7-Series
2016 BMW 7-Series  2016 BMW 7-Series  2016 BMW 7-Series  2016 BMW 7-Series  2016 BMW 7-Series  
2016 Ferrari California T
2016 Ferrari California T  2016 Ferrari California T  2016 Ferrari California T  2016 Ferrari California T  2016 Ferrari California T  
2016 Ferrari LaFerrari
2016 Ferrari LaFerrari  2016 Ferrari LaFerrari  2016 Ferrari LaFerrari  2016 Ferrari LaFerrari  2016 Ferrari LaFerrari  
2016 Hyundai RM16 Concept
2016 Hyundai RM16 Concept  
2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class
2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class  2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class  2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class  2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class  2016 Mercedes-Benz S Class  
2016 Mercedes-Benz Vision Maybach 6 Concept
2016 Mercedes-Benz Vision Maybach 6 Concept  2016 Mercedes-Benz Vision Maybach 6 Concept  2016 Mercedes-Benz Vision Maybach 6 Concept  2016 Mercedes-Benz Vision Maybach 6 Concept  2016 Mercedes-Benz Vision Maybach 6 Concept  
2016 Nissan GT-R
2016 Nissan GT-R  2016 Nissan GT-R  2016 Nissan GT-R  2016 Nissan GT-R  2016 Nissan GT-R  
2016 Nissan GT-R NISMO
2016 Nissan GT-R NISMO  2016 Nissan GT-R NISMO  
2016 Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge
2016 Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge  2016 Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge  2016 Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge  2016 Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge  2016 Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge