Hyper-rare 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale heads to auction in California
July 20, 2014
The collector car market has been anything but boring in recent times. The price for collectible Ferrari's has consistently been on the rise, culminating in last year's world record price of US$27.5 million for a 1967 Ferrari 275 NART Spider. Now another impressive bidding scenario is shaping up as one of only three 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale’s goes up for auction next month.
The hand-built 275 GTB/C incorporated lightweight aluminum bodywork and a Tipo 563 chassis. As a successor to Ferrari’s 250 GTO, the Speciale ran a lightweight, 3.3 liter V12 that with the help of six Weber carburetors, managed to produce 320 hp. That impressive bit of power was put to the road via a 5-speed manual transaxle gearbox that worked in conjunction with a four-wheel independent suspension set up, and disc brakes on all corners.
Painted in a gorgeous two-tone grey, the long nosed Speciale was produced specifically for FIA homologation and factory development. Other special body revisions include extra venting in the nose section with another set of diagonal vents located just behind the rear wheels. Even though it did not initially receive FIA racing approval, one of the Speciale’s did manage to race in the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans where it finished third overall.
There are only two other 275 GTB/C Speciales, neither of which are likely to ever come up for sale according to RM Auctions. One of these set the Le Mans record for best finish by a front engine racer – it remains untouched to this day.
RM Auctions will run the 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale (chassis 06701) under the auction lights on August 15 in Monterey, California. To read the car’s full back story visit RM Auctions link below.
Source: RM Auctions