The first prototype Ferrari 275 GTB/4, approximated at USD 3.2 million, is set to be auctioned on May 18, in the UK.
This most considerable Ferrari was the first 275 GTB/4 produced in 1966 and was utilized to reveal this famous model to the world on the Ferrari stand at the Paris Motor show of same year. It will be auctioned at Coys London auction at the Royal Horticultural Halls located in Westminster.
Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys stated, “The 4-cam has constantly been considered the most beautiful 12-cylinder automobile from Maranello, and it is with some enjoyment that we are bringing the factory prototype, Chassis No 1 and 1966 Paris Motor Show car to the market”.
On its public launching in the French capital, the 275 (around 2,000,000 to 2,500,000 pounds) was welcomed with universal praise both on the road and for its designing, heralding an effective period for Ferrari. This model was then taken to the US by the next owner, Gordon Walker of Northbrook, Illinois, and he owned it until 1983 when it was sold by Ferrari South United States. During the eighties, it lived in the Swiss collection of Albert Obrist who assemble, probably the most detailed and popular collection of Ferraris worldwide. Obrist selected this car due to the fact that he thought that it was the most influential of 275s, knowing its background. A few years later, the vehicle changed hands to become part of another world-renowned vehicle collection, this time in England and remained kept until the early 2000’s with other valuable cars.
In 2004, Coys sold it at its Monaco auction to the present supplier, who utilized it moderately for a variety of occasions. As Jean-Pierre Beltoise, a racing motorist and journalist for l’Auto Journal said when he checked the vehicle in 1967, “It is, firstly, a serious and comfortable gran turismo, however it maintains the lineage of a race car in the reaction of the engine and the quality of the handling. The 275 GTB/4 is among the greatest cars developed in our times.”
The Ferrari 275 GTB/4 4-cam will get along with a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet with coachwork by Pininfarina (about 1,000,000 to 1,500,000 pounds), a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC (480,000 to 525,000 pounds) and a 1963 Maserati 3500 GT (150,000 to 175,000 pounds).
Together with these Italian touring greats, there is likewise a broad choice of fascinating and diverse cars, varying from a 1989 BMW Z1 (32,000 to 37,000 pounds), which are extremely popular in the market today, to a renowned 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 (30,000 to 40,000 pounds), the eccentric gullwing-door development of namesake John DeLorean so passionately associated with Hollywood movies, with around 9,000 miles from new.
Presently, 1 British Pound equals 1.29 US dollar.