The original Ferrari 275 GTB/4 prototype could fetch £2.5m at auction
A gorgeous 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 is set to go under the hammer and could fetch as much as £2.5 million at Coys' London auction later this month.
This isn't just any 275 GTB/4, either. This prototype is, in fact, the first example of the GT car ever produced, and was used by Ferrari to unveil the new model line at the Paris Motor Show in 1966.
The stunning Ferrari is powered by a 3.3-litre V12 that developed 295bhp when new. At the time, the 275 GTB/4 could hit a top speed of 166.5mph.
Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, told the Daily Mail: "The four-cam has always been considered the most beautiful 12-cylinder car from Maranello, and it is with some excitement that we are bringing the factory prototype, Chassis No 1 and 1966 Paris Motor Show car to the market."
The Ferrari has had a number of owners over the years. It was first sold to an Illinois man by the name of Gordon Walker, who owned it until 1983.
It was then sold on to the Swiss collection of Albert Obrist – a renowned Ferrari collector. He purchased the 275 GTB/4 as he believed it was the seminal example of the model.
The Ferrari then resided in the UK for a number of years in the early 2000s until it was sold by Coys in Monaco to the current owner – who has used it in a number of events.
Coys advises that the new owner treats the Ferrari to a "light recommissioning" before use.
The Ferrari 275 GTB/4 will go under the hammer at the Coys Royal Horticultural Halls auction in Westminster, London, on May 18.