On June 6th 1962 Ferdinando “Nanado” Pagliarini took delivery of today’s featured Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta chassis #3607, he used it to compete in at least nine events up until November 1963, in which he won his class at least 4 times in Hillclimb events.
By the following season #3607 had been acquired by Ecurie Francochamps who entered the car in the 1964 Tour de France for Claude Dubois and Philippe de Montaigu who finished 8th overall and 3rd in class. Portuguese driver António Peixinho next drove the car to 5th place in the 1964 Angola Grand Prix.
Philippe de Montaigu bought the car in 1965, Philippe was married to junior French Tennis Legend Annie Soisbault who at 21 had turned her hand to professional rallying and racing “because I did want to be dependent on my parents”. During her competition career she would occasionally be accompanied by her cheetah, Annie’s motto was ‘In danger, my pleasure”.
In 1965 Annie drove chassis #3607 to an overall win in the Grand Prix of Paris before crashing the car into a bridge on the Mont Ventoux Hillclimb. Alongside her competition career Annie sold Aston Martin’s to the likes of Eddie Barclay, Johnny Hallyday, Régine, Françoise Sagan and his brother Jacques Quoirez.
#3607 passed into the hands of Jean-Michel Giorgi after the crash and his best of four known outings resulted in a class win on the the 1965 Agaci Rallye held in Reims.
The car remained in France until 1987 when it went to the USA. In 1990 it went under the hammer for $9,588,780 plus commission but the winning bidder never paid, the following year it sold for £6,900,000 to a Swiss gentleman who swapped it for a Ferrari P3/4 the following year.
#3607 is seen in these photographs taken during last years 50th Anniversary 250 GTO demonstration at Goodwood Revival driven by R Walton.
Thanks for joining me on this “Au Danger, Mon Plaisir” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !