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Pininfarina's Personal Ferrari 275 GTB Is A $10 Million Beauty

It's one of two pre-production prototype 275 GTB Speciales.

The Ferrari 250 GTB attracts a lot of attention at auctions, but many enthusiasts consider the 275 GTB to be one of the most beautiful cars to don the Prancing Horse badge ever made. And it’s hard to disagree, frankly. It’s a true work of Italian automotive art, a masterpiece from every angle. Just under 1,000 Ferrari 275s were made between 1964 and 1968, but this one-of-a-kind 275 GTB heading to this month’s Scottsdale auction is particularly special. It’s even called the "Speciale," if you still need convincing.

What makes it so special? Well, it’s one of only two production prototypes bodied by famed Italian design house Pininfarina, and is the only 275 that wasn’t built by Scaglietti. After the prototype was built for Ferrari using one of the provided chassis, it was used by the design house for display purposes and Battista Pininfarina’s personal use. Notable changes between the 275 built by Scaglietti and this Pininfarina one-off include different bumpers, badging, headlights, door handles, rain gutters, a hood with a bulged oval center, and an aerodynamic rear diffuser that was way ahead of its time - it wouldn’t look out of place on modern racing cars.

Inside, the Speciale features a redesigned center console, while connoisseurs will notice subtle differences in the door panels, seats, and dashboard. The Speciale did the rounds at various auto shows including Paris, Frankfurt, and Torino, before being sold to its first private owner in 1966 shortly before Pininfarina’s death the same year. It’s had several owners since then, but has been in the possession of its current owner since 1993. It’s been restored to its original specification by renowned Ferrari expert Michael Sheehan, and will be available to buy for the first time in 25 years. Gooding & Company estimates it will sell for $9 - $10 million when it goes under the hammer this week.

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