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Hyper-rare 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale heads to auction in California

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Only one of only three 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale’s will go up for auction in California next month (Photo: RM Auctions)
Only one of only three 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale’s will go up for auction in California next month (Photo: RM Auctions)
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Only one of only three 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale’s will go up for auction in California next month (Photo: RM Auctions)
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Only one of only three 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale’s will go up for auction in California next month (Photo: RM Auctions)
The race inspired Speciale ran a lightweight, 3.3 liter V12 that with the help of six Weber carburetors, managed to produce 320 hp (Photo: RM Auctions)
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The race inspired Speciale ran a lightweight, 3.3 liter V12 that with the help of six Weber carburetors, managed to produce 320 hp (Photo: RM Auctions)
Painted in a gorgeous two-tone grey, the long nosed Speciale was produced specifically for FIA homologation and factory development (Photo: RM Auctions)
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Painted in a gorgeous two-tone grey, the long nosed Speciale was produced specifically for FIA homologation and factory development (Photo: RM Auctions)
Built by the house of Scaglietti, the hand-built 275 GTB/C was the first Ferrari to use an independent rear suspension and a transaxle gearbox, and featured lightweight aluminum bodywork and a Tipo 563 chassis. As a successor to Ferrari’s 250 GTO, (Photo: RM Auctions)
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Built by the house of Scaglietti, the hand-built 275 GTB/C was the first Ferrari to use an independent rear suspension and a transaxle gearbox, and featured lightweight aluminum bodywork and a Tipo 563 chassis. As a successor to Ferrari’s 250 GTO, (Photo: RM Auctions)
The 24 Hours of Le Mans record for best finish by a front engine race car was set by one of the Speciale’s in 1965 where it finished third overall (Photo: RM Auctions)
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The 24 Hours of Le Mans record for best finish by a front engine race car was set by one of the Speciale’s in 1965 where it finished third overall (Photo: RM Auctions)
Other body revisions on the 275 Speciale include extra venting in the nose with another set of diagonal vents located just behind the rear wheels (Photo: RM Auctions)
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Other body revisions on the 275 Speciale include extra venting in the nose with another set of diagonal vents located just behind the rear wheels (Photo: RM Auctions)
The Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale, a successor to the 250 GTO, featured lightweight aluminum bodywork by Scaglietti and a Tipo 563 chassis. (Photo: RM Auctions)
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The Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale, a successor to the 250 GTO, featured lightweight aluminum bodywork by Scaglietti and a Tipo 563 chassis. (Photo: RM Auctions)
The Speciale cars were a clear evolution of Ferrari's GTO concept, one of which set a record at Le Mans that stands to this day (Photo: RM Auctions)
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The Speciale cars were a clear evolution of Ferrari's GTO concept, one of which set a record at Le Mans that stands to this day (Photo: RM Auctions)
The two-tone grey 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale is only one of three to exist and should easily fetch an eight figure price (Photo: RM Auctions)
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The two-tone grey 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale is only one of three to exist and should easily fetch an eight figure price (Photo: RM Auctions)
Even though an aluminum filler cap and 37 gallon (140 liter) gas tank were incorporated into the car, it did not initially receive FIA racing approval (Photo: RM Auctions)
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Even though an aluminum filler cap and 37 gallon (140 liter) gas tank were incorporated into the car, it did not initially receive FIA racing approval (Photo: RM Auctions)
The two-tone grey 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale is only one of three to exist and should easily fetch an eight figure price (Photo: RM Auctions)
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The two-tone grey 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale is only one of three to exist and should easily fetch an eight figure price (Photo: RM Auctions)
The Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale, a successor to the 250 GTO, featured lightweight aluminum bodywork by Scaglietti and a Tipo 563 chassis. (Photo: RM Auctions)
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The Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale, a successor to the 250 GTO, featured lightweight aluminum bodywork by Scaglietti and a Tipo 563 chassis. (Photo: RM Auctions)
Power was put to the road via a 5-speed manual transaxle gearbox that worked in conjunction with a 4-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes (Photo: RM Auctions)
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Power was put to the road via a 5-speed manual transaxle gearbox that worked in conjunction with a 4-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes (Photo: RM Auctions)

The collector car market has been anything but boring in recent times. The price for collectible Ferrari's has consistently been on the rise, culminating in last year's world record price of US$27.5 million for a 1967 Ferrari 275 NART Spider. Now another impressive bidding scenario is shaping up as one of only three 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale’s goes up for auction next month.

The hand-built 275 GTB/C incorporated lightweight aluminum bodywork and a Tipo 563 chassis. As a successor to Ferrari’s 250 GTO, the Speciale ran a lightweight, 3.3 liter V12 that with the help of six Weber carburetors, managed to produce 320 hp. That impressive bit of power was put to the road via a 5-speed manual transaxle gearbox that worked in conjunction with a four-wheel independent suspension set up, and disc brakes on all corners.

The two-tone grey 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale is only one of three to exist and should easily fetch an eight figure price (Photo: RM Auctions)
The two-tone grey 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale is only one of three to exist and should easily fetch an eight figure price (Photo: RM Auctions)

Painted in a gorgeous two-tone grey, the long nosed Speciale was produced specifically for FIA homologation and factory development. Other special body revisions include extra venting in the nose section with another set of diagonal vents located just behind the rear wheels. Even though it did not initially receive FIA racing approval, one of the Speciale’s did manage to race in the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans where it finished third overall.

There are only two other 275 GTB/C Speciales, neither of which are likely to ever come up for sale according to RM Auctions. One of these set the Le Mans record for best finish by a front engine racer – it remains untouched to this day.

The race inspired Speciale ran a lightweight, 3.3 liter V12 that with the help of six Weber carburetors, managed to produce 320 hp (Photo: RM Auctions)
The race inspired Speciale ran a lightweight, 3.3 liter V12 that with the help of six Weber carburetors, managed to produce 320 hp (Photo: RM Auctions)

RM Auctions will run the 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale (chassis 06701) under the auction lights on August 15 in Monterey, California. To read the car’s full back story visit RM Auctions link below.

Source: RM Auctions

2 comments
StWils
I hope Jay Leno buys this car. I also would imagine that tuning and balancing six carburetors would have been a nightmare. Absolute blast to drive though.
owlbeyou
Jay Leno has enough cars. Tuning multiple carbs isn't as defying as many people think. All it takes is a little experience and the right tool, like working on any other part of the car.