posted 4 years ago

Ferrari 250 GT LWB For £4.7 Million

The Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour De France that starred in Walt Disney's “The Love Bug” is for sale.

The Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour De France that starred in Walt Disney's “The Love Bug” is for sale. And... it is ridiculously cheap. It only, in fact, costs £4.7 million pounds. That is fifteen million less than the most prized Ferraris sell for. As such, even motorists who own clapped-out superminis could afford to buy it. This particular Ferrari – which is one of nine created and seven remaining – was manufactured in 1956 for the U.S. market. It was then purchased by a property developer and later found its way to the Walt Disney Studio. Then, in 1968, it was mercilessly thrashed on the race track by a Volkswagen Beetle called “Herbie”. Perhaps this pounding explains why the price is within reach of hard-up motorists.

The Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour De France then vanished for several years, presumably to hide its Beetle-induced shame. However, in 1994, it was bought by Watford-based DK Engineering who shipped it to Blighty and restored its original condition. Wonder what that cost? The car was then returned to the U.S. where it spent the next fifteen years. This remarkable machine – which is named after the Tour De France race it won seven years in succession - has now been brought back to the UK by Ferrari specialists Talacrest. No doubt its 3.0-litre 240bhp V12 engine and 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds will suit the country's hard-up drivers. I just wish there were more of them. At £4.7 million we could have one each.