Gooding Pebble Beach 2014 – 1966 Ferrari 365P Tre Posti Is Surprise No-Sale at $22-Million



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By all expert accounts, this 1966 Tre Posti may be one of the most important Ferrari road cars ever made.

It contains a number of racing technologies that took decades longer to reach actual Ferrari road cars — and not just this Paris Auto Show concept.

— Mid-engine V12

— Central driving position flanked by two outer seats (a la the McLaren F1 much later)

— Lightweight plexiglass roof

— Shrouded headlamps, ultra-wide and super-low proportions

This car can be thought of as Ferrari’s Miura rival — but far more incomplete in many ways. The overall biggest reason that the Tre Posti was a no-sale at $22.5-million is its design and style.

The design is unpleasant versus the Miura, with a gigantic rear deck and flying buttress pillars that are far less elegant than the Lamborghini solution.

Tre Posti is also hobbled by Dino-style looks from all angles. Most will not know this is a rare, important and significant LaFerrari predecessor; they will just think it is a white Dino.

All of these factors hurt the Tre Posti. As a result, bidding vastly undershot some estimates and did not meet the seller’s minimum reserve.

1966 Ferrari 365P Tre Posti

 

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Tre Posti: A Mid-Century Masterpiece

The 1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 23, 2014) – Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble
Beach Concours d’Elegance, is honored to announce that it will be presenting a bespoke 1966 Ferrari 365 P
Berlinetta Speciale at its Pebble Beach Auctions on August 16 and 17.  Known as Tre Posti due to its
groundbreaking front three-seat layout, this exceptional Ferrari represents the intersection of three great
names working at the height of their careers: Enzo Ferrari, Sergio Pininfarina, and Luigi Chinetti. 

Presented
in wonderfully original condition and boasting just 7,900 km, the automotive masterpiece has captivated
admirers since it was first introduced with its striking and glamorous Gardenia White exterior, black
upholstery with bright red carpets, and distinctive moon roof. Never before offered at public sale, Tre Posti
has been consigned for auction directly from the Chinetti Family.

David  Gooding,  President:  “The  Tre  Posti  stands  alone.   This  work  of  automotive  art  represents  the
ultimate in 1960s sports car design. In my opinion, Tre Posti is an extraordinary coachbuilt tour de force and
by all respects one of the most important and valuable Ferraris ever designed.  Its competition underpinnings
and special provenance make it one of the finest Ferraris in existence.”
Luigi Chinetti Sr.

Luigi Chinetti  Sr. was an Italian-born racecar driver  who was instrumental in introducing the Ferrari marque
to the world. He  famously  arranged a groundbreaking deal with Enzo Ferrari to become the first, and for
many  years,  the  only,  Ferrari  Factory  dealer  in  the  US.  A  larger-than-life  figure,  Chinetti’s  awards  and
accolades included  three wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, two  outright victories  at  the Spa 24 Hours race,
and  served  as captain of the North American Racing Team (NART).  He  won both Ferrari’s first and  its  last
victory at Le Mans in 1949 and 1965.  Chinetti’s love for automobiles and racing, as well as his appreciation
of technology  and engineering  drove  his  business  choices.  Under his guidance  he  directed the  cultivation of
many outstanding Ferrari  collections,  only occasionally keeping  a select few gems, including  Tre Posti, for
himself.

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