Ferraris don’t get much rarer than this.
Back in 1966, the Ferrari 275 GTB/4 was unveiled to a starstruck crowd at the Paris Motor Show as an update to the seminal 275 GTB, regarded as one of the finest and most alluring Ferraris ever produced. Now, an extremely rare example of the 275 GTB/4 is heading to the prestigious London Coy auction on May 18. What makes it so rare, you may ask? Well, this 275 GTB/4 happens to be the very first factory prototype that made its debut on the Ferrari stand at the Paris Motor Show back in 1966.
Which explains why it’s expected to fetch around $2,583,600 to $3,229,500 when it goes under the hammer. Beneath the beautiful bodywork styled by legendary design house Pininfarina lies the same 3.3-liter V12 that powered the original 275 GTB/4, which still has the original chassis number 08769. When new, the V12 produced 300 horsepower, allowing the 275 GTB/4 to hit a top speed of 166.5 mph. Only 280 examples of the 275 GTB/4 were produced between 1966 and 1968, making this factory prototype even rarer. Ferrari first handed the 275 GTB/4 prototype over to a private collector in Illinois who owned it until 1983.
It then resided in a Swiss collection owned by Albert Obrist, famous for having one of the most comprehensive collection of Ferraris in the world, before being passed between several other collectors and then sold to its current owner in 2004, who has barely used it since, other than proudly showcasing it at events. Finished in Rosso Corsa red with a black leather interior trim, this is one of the most well-documented examples of one of the most significant sports cars ever made.