Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason bought his Ferrari 250 GTO for £35,000 in the 70s

He even took the kids to school in it!

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Legendary drummer Nick Mason isn't someone you would look at and think he owns one of the most special cars in the world, but he does and he has made quite an investment on it.

He bought the car back in 1977 when the band he was playing in called Pink Floyd (you may have heard of them) started to do well for just £35,000 which at the time was a lot of money, but Nick had no idea what sort of money it would be worth in a few years.

Back when Nick Mason wrote an article for the Sunday Times in 2016, the car was worth a whopping £30 million and is only worth more today. He said: "I felt naggingly stupid to be spending so much — I certainly didn’t buy it because I thought it would be worth £30m in 2016."

In fact, to prove he didn't see it being worth all that much, he even drove the kids to school in it, not something which you'd expect a 250 GTO owner to do. “I once took the kids to school in the Ferrari 250 GTO because the other cars wouldn’t start,” he said.

“But they’re not all as reliable, and while I loved to drive them, they couldn’t be guaranteed to get me where I needed to be. It’s no use the drummer standing by the M4 waiting for the RAC while the band is about to go on. It never actually happened, but I came close," he added.

If that isn't cool, then I don't know what is. In fact, he had (in 2016) some other cool cars too which included a 1964 Aston Martin International, 1965 Mini Cooper, 1969 Lotus Elan 2 +2, 1983 Porsche 928 S, and a 2015 Audi RS 6.

It's amazing to think this exact Ferrari is now worth around £50 million, almost double what it was worth just five years ago.

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Comments (18)

  • What a car to own! Though I would imagine a journey of any length would make you “comfortably numb”!

      7 days ago
    • I can just imagine service and repairs bills! They may leave you “uncomfortably numb”! And spare parts!!! Ferrari and Alfa Dealers never had spare parts, well in the past and at least in Australia. I still remember waiting for eternity for...

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        5 days ago
    • Routine maintenance isn’t particularly expensive.

        5 days ago
  • I know the classic value has outpaced inflation more than 10 fold, but keep in mind that 35k in 1975 is equivilent to about £250k now which is in the range of many new Ferrari's now.

      7 days ago
    • Add that is a 13 year old retired race car and these things were fairly sloppily built to purpose and kinda discarded soon afterwards it's no surprise really that it wasn't of loft value then.

        6 days ago
  • It does sound cheap, when you look through today's eyes, but according to value convertor, it is £200,000 in today's value. What is more interesting, in 1977 £18,000 will buy basic no frills terrace house. £35,000 equates to two houses. So, as attractive as it may sound, everyone know property is good investment. No one could have predicted that "Playboy's toy" will eventually be worth £50,000,000.

      6 days ago
  • What an investment that was 👏🏻

      3 days ago
  • 'Brand new' in 1977... ?

      7 days ago