Quite Possibly the Rarest Ferrari on Earth

This up-for-grabs '66 prototype is edition no. 1. Literally.

By The Editors
May 16, 2017 9:00 am

Rare is one thing.

Take, say, the lowest production rides in history — they’re certainly coveted … and costly. This cherry number, however, is in a class of her own.

Consider this Ferrari 275 GTB/4 like you would a first edition book. Although the ride was produced in volume, this steed was the first. The prototype. And it’s arguably Italian studio Pininfarina’s finest work.

Going under the hammer at the Royal Horticultural Hall of Westminster is the very first 275 GTB/4 number 08769. Mind you, this is the same prototype that was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 1966.

Ferrari 275 (2 images)

Perhaps the most documented 275 example to date, the car’s ownership account begins with one Mr. Gordon Walker of Northbrook, Illinois, who quickly swept up the ride. It remained in his possession until it was taken over by Ferrari South USA. In the late ‘80s, it was handed off to the Swiss collection of Albert Obrist, a man known for having one of the most comprehensive and impressive Ferrari assemblages the world over.

A few years after, it changed hands once more to an owner in England for show competition purposes until the early 2000s. It was sold in 2004 at Coys Monaco to the current owner.

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As put by l’Auto Journal journalist and racer, JeanPierre Beltoise, “[This 275] is, first and foremost, a serious and comfortable gran turismo, but it retains the lineage of a race car in the response of the engine and the quality of the handling. The 275 GTB/4 is one of the greatest automobiles created in our times.”

Which is why this beauty is estimated to go for around $2.5 – $3.2 million … but you can bet the ranch it will go for much more.

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