Enzo Ferrari aimed his Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta at well-heeled gentlemen racers. He wanted them to drive their Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta to a track, race and, preferably after winning, drive direct from podium to public road.
When the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta was unveiled at the Paris Salon in 1959, it caused an instant sensation. About 165 examples of the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta were built before production stopped in 1963. Today they are among the most desirable cars in the world.
The yellow Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta featured here will be sold later this month at the RM Auctions sale at the Italian Villa d'Este Concours d'Elegance. When it comes to price, all bets are off, but don't expect to go home with any change from £10-million.
Bodywork on this Competition Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta was hand-formed by the coachbuilders Scagletti to a design by Pinin Farina and is one of 47 aluminium machines produced in 1960.
First owned by a doctor in Florence, it took until 2011 for this Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta to be raced, at the hands of former Le Mans winner Jackie Oliver.
Two V12 engines are included in the sale of this Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta. One is designed for road use, while the other for track days and race meetings.
The question is whether the buyer will be brave enough to allow the car to be used as the company's founder intended it to be, or, much more likely, whether this 250 GT Berlinetta will be locked away in a climate-controlled collection.
Enzo Ferrari wouldn't like that at all.