Such a high total makes perfect sense for this daring 1966 Ferrari – one of the last of the dominating 250-derived models to actually see and win races. One of the other 12 cars like this actually took first place at LeMans in its class in 1965, proving beyond any doubt that there was something quite special in the car’s mystique.
A three-pack of reasons are most logical for explaining the Monaco-topping $7.8-million earned by this immaculate example, and they go beyond rarity.
— Alloy panels were an exotic prospect then and now versus the typical steel-bodied racers, and on this car can be estimated to cut nearly 400-pounds off the already-slight curb weight
— A racing-spec dry-sumped engine was also miraculous for a road car, giving this 275 GTB/C the bark of a real racer as well as the integrity to keep the engine happily oiled even on hard corners where wet-sumped cars can become starved of oil
— Lastly, this car was a showpiece not destroyed on the track and therefore in exceptionally-fine original condition. Owned in Europe for its entire lifespan, time will tell where the 275 GTB/C calls home for its next fifty years.
Where-ever this machine now calls home, it is sure to be the crown jewel of any garage.
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C by Scaglietti – EXTERIOR
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C by Scaglietti – EXTERIOR DETAILS
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C by Scaglietti – INTERIOR
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C by Scaglietti – MECHANICAL
Official Details below from RM Auctions.
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C by Scaglietti
To be auctioned on Saturday, May 10, 2014
Sold for €5.712.000
- Chassis no. 09067
- Engine no. 09067
275 bhp at 7,700 rpm, 3,286 cc Tipo 213/Comp. dry-sump V-12 engine with three Weber 40 DFI3 carburettors, five-speed synchromesh transaxle, four-wheel independent coil-spring suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,400 mm
The 9th of 12 examples produced
Fully matching-numbers example with Ferrari Classiche certification
Frequent vintage rally participant
Recently fully serviced by Ferrari specialists
Perhaps the finest, most original example of its kind
Creating a replacement for the hugely successful 250 series of Ferraris was a daunting task for the engineers at Maranello. As the 250 series was highly successful both in the showroom and on the track, it effectively etched Ferrari’s name into the automotive history books.
With numerous wins at Le Mans, the Tour de France, Sebring, and Daytona, the 250 LWB TdF, the 250 SWB, the 250 LM, and the 250 GTO were the gold standard of sports car racing, all designed and engineered under the same roof no less, and now Ferrari needed to top their own series of world-beating sports cars with something even more extraordinary.
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