There are classic cars, and then there are classic cars. This is indeed the latter. The collector community is ready to boil over with excitement in preparation for an RM Auctions sale featuring the ultra-rare 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale.
Even if you ignore the fact that the 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale is the first of only three Berlinetta Competizione cars built by Ferrari for high-level endurance racing, this pristine classic is a gorgeous sight to behold. The car represents a unique step in the evolution of the legendary Ferrari GTO concept, boasting timeless Italian styling, lightweight aluminum bodywork, and refinished two-tone silver and gray paint. The chassis features special construction with smaller and lighter tubes for FIA competition, and the engine (mounted lower for improved center of gravity) boasts magnesium auxiliary casings.
A true page out of the traditional Ferrari history book, the 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale contains within a 320-hp (70 hp more than the standard GTB road car), 3.3-liter dry-sump V-12 engine with six Weber 38 DCN carburetors, mated to a five-speed manual transaxle transmission. Bearing chassis number 06701, the 275 GTB/C Speciale has spent its entire lifetime as a road car since it was delivered from the factory in May of 1965. Nevertheless, the model’s racing pedigree was proved after chassis number 06885 of the 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale finished first in its class and third overall at the 1965 Le Mans 24 Hour race. It remains to this day the highest-place finish of any front-engine vehicle at Le Mans.
This car's two siblings are currently in private collections, and RM Auctions says they are extremely unlikely to become available for sale, further heightening the value and desirability of 06701. It has a well-documented and vetted provenance from its original sale to the present, having appeared at various shows worldwide as well as competing in historic events.
Given the 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale’s unbelievable rarity and storied history, collectors are taking notice. When the classic goes up for auction August 15-16 in Monterey, it is expected to “comfortably” fetch at least $10 million. There's huge precedent for classic Ferraris earning big money at auction; last year, Ferrari 275 GTB/4 N.A.R.T. Spider sold for $27.5 million at RM's Monterey sale.