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Stirling Moss Ferrari Hits £7m

The Rob Walker Ferrari 250 GT SWB - the forerunner of the 250 GTO - which Stirling Moss took to three wins in 1960, one of them the Goodwood TT, was sold on Monday for more than £7 million, writes Mark Cole. Mike Parkes drove the dark blue coupe, which has the registration 7 SPA, to another three victories the following year.

The deal, to an unnamed buyer, was brokered by James Cottingham of Chorleywood-based DK Engineering. He told The Times "The 1960 Goodwood Tourist Trophy was a defining race. Moss had suffered a severe accident at Spa earlier in the season, and was in doubt to start. It was the first Ferrari to win the TT."

The 3-litre V12 and gearbox are both original, and powered the car to 60mph in 6.2 seconds, and to a top speed of 152mph. Moss won the three-hour 1960 TT at an 85mph average, beating the Aston Martin DB4GTs of Roy Salvadori and Innes Ireland. Graham Hill finished 4th in the factory Porsche 356B Carrera.

The price illustrates the gulf between even such an iconic car and the legendary 250 GTO. Another Moss racer - the UDT-Laystall apple-green GTO - achieved the highest-ever price for a car last June when it sold for £22.6m to American Craig McCaw. It was built for Moss for 1962 season, but he never raced it as his professional career ended with his Easter crash at Goodwood. Innes Ireland raced it instead, failing to finish at Le Mans, but went on to win the 1962 TT.