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
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.
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