Ferrari Chassis 4219GT M-255 Limited Edition
Chassis 4219GT was sold new to Mamie Spears Reyolds of Asheville, NC and Fort Lauderdale, FL via Luigi Chinetti of NYC in February 1963. She was the daughter of Robert Reynolds, the former US Senator for NC linked to the tobacco industry.
According to newspaper reports, Mamie Spears Reynolds met Luigi Chinetti, jr. When she came to NYC to buy a Ferrari race car for the upcoming Daytona Continental race from Luigi Chinetti, sr. Subsequently she and Coco married on 28th July, 1963 but were divorced on 14 September, 1965. She remarried in the same year until her demise in 2014.
Miamie’s grandmother was none other than Evalyn Walsh McLean of the McLean mining fortune, who once owned the famous Hope Diamond. The 45.52-carat stone was purchased in 1911 at a cost of $180,000 (now valued 350 million) from Cartier. But there is said to be a curse associated with the gem, and Evalyn Walsh Reynolds’ family fell prey to it: Their son died at the age of nine (hit by a car reportedly with the diamond in his pocket), and their daughter passed away from a drug overdose at 25, leaving a 10 million worth of inheritance to the 4-year-old daughter Miamie in 1964. Today, the diamond is in the Natural History Museum.
On February 17, Pedro Rodriguez raced chassis 4219 to 1 st OA as Car #18 at the 3h Daytona Continental 1963. In May of 1963, chassis 219GT was sold to Beverly Spencer, a Buick and Ferrari dealer. He changed the original Rosso Cima paintwork to white with blue central stripes, as he campaigned the 250 GTO as part of the North American Racing Team (NART). The car was driven by Frank Crane at Laguna Seca, Pacific Raceway and Candlestick Park Raceway, clinching a podium and a class victory along the way.
Following its retirement from contemporary racing in 1964, chassis 4219GT was bought by George C. Dyer Sr., who had it painted dark blue. He used the car as a daily driver and hung on to it until January 1993, when the car changed hands once more. As a result, Brandon Wang took stewardship. Since then it’s been a regular at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Tour de France Auto and Pebble Beach Concours. It has retained the beautiful blue finish and remains one of the most original 250 GTOs in existence.
At the ICE 2022 St. Moritz in the Engadine, Switzerland, Chassis 4219GT stood out from the rest of the exhibits. The spell of winter had transformed Lake St. Moritz into a sparkling white backdrop of the most incredible motor racing stage. Chassis 4219 proved to be the center of attention at this “Coolest Concours of Elegance” in the world. Despite the multiplicity of vintage and luxury cars around, spectators and cameras were continually focused on the stunning midnight-blue 250 GTO, which has been in Brandon Wang’s possession since he acquired it in January 1993 for 3.5 million dollars.
- Hand-crafted metal precision model with a left-hand-drive configuration,
built from 1,838 single parts
- Authentic recreation of the Monthlery winner at 1000 Km of Paris 1962
- Functional engine hood, equipped with a supporting rod, quick release locks
and leather belt fastening
- Functional doors with sliding windows
- Trunk lid has a supporting rod and opens to reveal a spare wheel
- Rear fuel tank filler with a flip-open cover
- Perfectly-wired wheels with a light alloy rim, and removable Borrani central locking
nuts (with side-dependent right- and left-hand threads)
- Highly detailed 12-cylinder V-type engine, complete with all aggregates, pipes and cabling
- Meticulous replication of the interior, with roll cage and safety belts. Seats upholstered in textile covers with leather trimmings
- Well-integrated dashboard with a full array of instruments and controls
- Elaborate undercarriage, front and rear suspensions, oil and fuel tank (all made of
stainless steel), and racing-style tailpipe of the exhaust system
- Detachable stainless-steel bottom plate
Special feature: Covers for the three air-intakes above the radiator grille are
removable and lockable.