The Ferrari 275 GTB is recognized worldwide as one of the most significant cars in automotive history. And now, a prototype for the 275 GTB is set to be sold next month by Gooding & Company at their Scottsdale, Arizona sale in January. Chassis number 06003 is the single developmental prototype known for the 275 GTB, and raced in the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally to test the model's viability.
With a design from Pininfarina, a body built by Scaglietti, and a legendary Colombo V12, the 275 GTB would take the world by storm. Famous drivers and owners included Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen, and it seems like whenever the rare production 275 GTB hits the auction block, records are set in the ensuing scrum. In 2013, a rare 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T Spider sold for $27,500,000 at Pebble Beach, at the time the highest sum ever for any car in history.
Chassis 06003 still wears the Giallo Prototipo paint and rally lights that it wore at Monte Carlo, and it will hit the auction block equipped with the reinforced glasswork, 75% locking differential, additional windshield wiper, and passenger door rearview mirror that were all deemed necessary for the dangerous rally race. While the car ended up with a DNF, driver Giorgio Pianta piloted the car throughout its valiant effort, and the famed driver told Ferrari World that the experience was, "The most beautiful moment of my life."
This particular 275 GTB prototype brought a number of engineering advancements to Ferrari's road-going stable, including a rear-mounted transaxle, independent rear suspension, and cast alloy wheels. Those three features mark the first time that non-competition Ferraris would employ the technologies. Chassis 06003 went through extensive testing to ensure that what became the 275 GTB would be, simply put, the best sports car ever made. At the hands of Scuderia Ferrari driver Mike Parkes, and the factory's experimental department, over 12,000 kilometers (or around 7,500 miles) of test driving, much of it in full view of the public given that Ferrari had yet to open their famous Fiorano Test Circuit, which debuted in 1972.
Chassis 06003 has since passed the years in the hands of a number of owners and has languished in a private collection for 25 years prior to being announced as the highlight of Gooding & Company's Scottsdale auction.