The Mona Lisa of Ferraris. This is how the Ferrari 250 GTO, one of the rarest and most popular models made by the Maranello car manufacturer. Only 39 units of this extraordinary car were produced by the Prancing Horse and one of these was the subject of a legal dispute for years. This is the 250 GTO of the collection of Pierre Bardinon, a wealthy French businessman who died in 2012. The car enthusiast had a huge collection, with an unknown number of priceless cars. According to rumors, the French billionaire’s garage contained 300 Ferraris, including one of the 250 GTOs.
Upon his death, one of his sons, Patrick Bardinon, sold this very rare Ferrari to a Taiwanese businessman, sparking the ire of the brothers who started a 7-year legal battle. Anne and Jean-François Bardinon had sued their brother Patrick for “breach of trust” in 2014, asking the return of the Red collectible as the man would have embezzled the car immediately after the death of his father. The French Court of Cassation has finally put an end to the battle in court, establishing that Patrick Bardinon will have to pay 52 million euros to the family, a sum that includes the 40.8 million of the sale of the Ferrari 250 GTO, ancillary costs and interest . The Taiwanese billionaire who bought the 250 GTO can then breathe a sigh of relief and continue on enjoy his very rare racing car. A real fortune given that this Ferrari is among the most coveted by collectors: designed by Giotto Bizzarrini following the drawings of Pininfarina, it boasts a body made by the Scaglietti bodywork and is powered by a portentous 300 HP V12 engine placed in a longitudinal front position, the Ferrari 250 GTO is capable of reaching a top speed of 280 km / h.