1962 Ferrari 268 SP by Fantuzzi is one of six.
We've covered many auction stories in the past, and many of them have been for vast sums of money. Many of the best we come across tend to be listed by RM Sotheby's, but the latest listed by the company still has us picking our jaws up from the floor.
This is a 1962 Ferrari 268 SP by Fantuzzi, and it's the third of only six examples ever made. Not only is it breathtakingly beautiful, but these cars were also the test beds for the mid-engine V8 configuration, something that we can all agree has been pivotal in Ferrari's success both on the track and off it. If it weren't for cars like this, the Ferrari F8 Tributo may never have been made.
What makes this particular example even more desirable is that it is one of two versions originally equipped with the Ferrari V8 engine of the time, of which only four were built. It was also used in factory racing and development for the 1962 season, making it integral to the evolution of Ferrari's P-car series.
It even entered the 1962 24 Hours of Le Mans before being campaigned under the NART banner from late 1962 through 1963. Then it was driven in the 1964 SCCA Class D Modified class, where it won the championship. Want a racing pedigree? This has it in spades.
Then in 1965 owner Tom O'Brien sold the car to one of his employees, a man by the name of Robert Hutchins. He wasn't quite as successful with the car and had the engine rebuilt after two failures in the '65 and '66 seasons.
Famous Ferrari importer and the man who built the engine, Luigi Chinetti, then arranged a swap deal in July. He stored the car until February 1969, when it was sold to Pierre Bardinon, one of the world's foremost Ferrari collectors of the time. He sent it back to Fantuzzi to refurbish the coachbuilt body and return it to original spec. After 27 years with him, it was sold to the current owner in 1996, meaning that it has had only two private owners. If you'd like to be the third, it crosses the Monterey auction lot as #234 on August 13th. But bring loads of cash with you - RM Sotheby's expects this to sell for between $8 and $10 million.