Let us tell you a little story about a big vehicle.
But elegance and scarcity aren't the only standouts on the 250 GTO's resume.
This model was the third vehicle off the line at the Ferrari factory in 1962, and it enjoyed a more than stellar racing career, winning the 1962 Italian National GT Championship once and the Targa Florio twice.
Sotheby's describes the GTO as "the most valuable motor vehicle ever offered for public sale".
This 250 GTO, chassis number 3413GT, started its life as a works auto tested by American racer Phil Hill at the 1962 Targa Florio road race. He won nine of them, and came second in the one he didn't win. In return he won the Italian National GT Championship.
After Lualdi-Gabardi bought another GTO the next year, he sold this one to Gianni Bulgari (of jewelry fame), who had it converted by Ferrari's coachbuilder Scaglietti with Series II bodywork in '64. Yep, Bulgari of Bulgari jewellery.
The Ferrari then went to Gianni Bulgari of the famous jewelry-making family, and in his hands -and those of subsequent owner Corrado Ferlaino-it was a class victor at the 1963 and 1964 Targa Florio. Remarkably for a race vehicle, it retains its original engine, gearbox, and rear axle, as well as its factory Series II body, fitted by Carrozzeria Scaglietti in 1964. It then went through "an unbroken chain of ownership" - including the custody of a former chief software architect at Microsoft - which brings us neatly to today, and the latest chapter in this story. That's right, fourty-five big ones. Wonderfully maintained in highly original condition, the GTO is estimated to achieve in excess of United States dollars 45 million in Monterey, making it the most valuable motor auto ever offered at auction.
"The GTO was essentially the final true road racer, marking the end of an era when drivers really got their hands dirty", RM Sotheby's vehicle specialist Shelby Myers said in a statement.
"This was the last auto that you could park in your garage, drive to the track, win the race, and then drive home", Myers added.