There’s no doubting that this Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale will command an eight-figure sum when it goes into auction with RM at Pebble Beach. Opportunities to buy a car of this significance don’t come along very often, and every serious collector will be watching closely. RM’s senior specialist Shelby Myers describes chassis number 06701 as ‘one of the most important Ferraris in the world,’ and goes on to point out that its two sister cars are unlikely to come to the market any time soon. The phrase ‘once in a lifetime’ sums up this opportunity. One of them has been in the same ownership for 44 years.
A leaf through the history books tells you how special this car is. It’s one of only three Berlinetta Competizione cars built for FIA homologation and factory development. It hails from the era when all such cars were entirely hand-built, that shapely aluminium body shaped by true craftsmen. Six Weber carbs sit on top of the V12 it shares with the 250 LM. While one of 06701’s sister cars claimed a class victory at Le Mans, this one was used as a road car only from new – although it has seen action in historic motorsport later in its life.
RM has an incredible line-up of cars for this year’s Pebble Beach auction. Last year’s sale generated $125m, putting it in the record books as the highest-grossing collector car auction of all time. Can 2014 top it?