A rare race-bred Ferrari 250 GT has sold for an eye watering £2.24 million during RM Auctions' annual London sale at Battersea Evolution.

The much sought after car, chassis number 1039, is a 250 GT LWB Tour de France (the car race, not the bike race) – a name the 250 GTs earned after winning the event so many times.



The Tour de France was an event so gruelling that up to 70 percent of the competitors in any given year couldn't complete the race, whereas the Ferraris could and often won. Only 84 of the Pininfarina designed, 3.0-litre 260bhp V8 racers were built, which is probably why this one went for so much.

Other notable vehicles on sale at the London auction included one of only eight 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfasts (went for £644,000), a Dexter Brown painted 2008 Force India F1 car (a snip at £168,000) and a 1973 MV Augusta F4 1000 (which went for £49,140).

In all this year's sale raised £13.3 million. And there wasn't a Chris Evans in sight.