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Sun 14 Dec 2008 04:00 AM

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Evans speeds into the record books

British presenter and producer spent more than $7.4m on a Ferrari, which is the most ever paid for a car at auction.

British radio DJ and TV producer Chris Evans splashed out more than $7.4m for a Ferrari - making it the most expensive car ever sold at auction.

The red-haired multi-millionaire star was willing to pay twice the estimated price for the 250 GT SWB California Spyder as its previous owner was none other than Hollywood actor James Coburn.

Evans, 42, shelled out $9.1m for the vehicle at RM Auctions’ Ferrari Leggenda e Passione event in Maranello, Italy in May. The auction house said it had been estimated to fetch between $4.4m and $4.9m.

Coburn bought the car second-hand in 1964 at a Belgian dealership. He had been filming The Great Escape and was influenced in his choice by his friend Steve McQueen who also starred in the film. Coburn sold the car in 1987 and it has passed through several hands since then.

It's not the first time Evans has splashed the cash on fancy cars. In 2000 he famously bought a Ferrari for his future wife Billie Piper, the day after they met and filled it with roses. The 18-year-old was said to be “ecstatic” even though she couldn’t drive. A fan of fast cars, Evans owns several expensive vehicles.

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