Every bit as hot as you'd expect.
The Columbus Dispatch published this story Oct. 21 about a lawsuit that Victoria's Secret founder and New Albany resident Les Wexner has filed against Bonhams, claiming the prestigious British auction house had fraudulently sold him a 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus Spider for $16.5 million earlier this year. It was the highest price ever paid for a street-legal car in England.
The red sports car in question, one of only five ever built, has been the subject of a years-long legal fight over ownership ever since it disappeared from its former Cincinnati-area owner in 1989 and reappeared in Europe, sold somehow with a clear title to a Belgian racer and Ferrari dealer. And though the storied history of this car had become one of international intrigue and mystery, involving both Interpol and FBI investigations on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, it was sold to Wexner at June's Goodwood Festival of Speed sale in England with the claim that all relevant litigation over the car's ownership had been settled, according to Wexner's suit.
Wexner has since learned that might not be the case, and he's filed his complaint against Bonhams in the High Court of Justice of England, in which he's seeking a full refund and damages.
So what does a 61-year-old Ferrari worth $16.5 million look like? Every bit as hot as you'd expect. See it here in this England's Daily Mail account of the story.