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Chris Evans has a bit of an expensive habit for classic Ferraris is well known. But it seems he's celebrated record 9.5 million listening figures for his Radio 2 breakfast show by achieving a lifelong dream.
Because it would appear he's finally bought a Ferrari 250 GTO, one of the most sought after of all classic Ferraris and sold by RM auctions in what was described as a "private treaty transaction."
And though the identity of the mystery buyer wasn't revealed Evans appears to have let the cat out of the bag by posting a picture of an identical 250 GTO on his Twitter feed with the line "the new one has arrived."
This follows the revelation that Evans has been quietly selling some of his classic Ferraris, including the ex-James Coburn 250 SWB California Spyder he bought for a record £5.5m back in 2008.
Given rumours put the price of the GTO at around £15m it's not surprising even a man of Evans' means was forced to release some extra funds. But the GTO is worth the sacrifice.
The car in question is a 1963 250 GTO fitted with the rare Series II bodywork. In total just 36 GTOs were built, its beauty, 174mph performance and racing pedigree all adding to its allure.
"We are pleased to have been able to unite this exceptional car with a new and immensely enthusiastic owner," said RM's Max Girardo. "It's fantastic that this car will be used in earnest."
Evans has written publicly about his love for the GTO and his regret at turning down the chance to buy one while on The Big Breakfast. Two years ago he thought he'd missed his chance, saying the GTO was now out of his reach. As he said at the time though, never say never.
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