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Please note that Ferrari Classiche Certification has been issued for this vehicle and the “Red Book” certification documents accompany its sale. Please also note that this vehicle, which has been in static storage and not driven in many years, will require mechanical attention prior to road use. Some corrosion has been found in the fuel tank. Additionally, please note that a new title is being processed and should be available shortly following the auction.
The Personal Car of Battista Pininfarina | Frankfurt, Torino, Paris, and Brussels Show CarCarrozzeria Pininfarina S.p.A., Torino, Italy (acquired new in 1965)Vittorio Torchio, Pino Torinese, Italy (acquired from the above in 1966)Mauro Indemini, Garessio, Italy (acquired from the above in 1967)Don Vincent Gaxiola, San Francisco, California (acquired by 1970)Craig McFarland, Carmel, California (acquired by 1990)Michael Sheehan, Costa Mesa, California (acquired from the above in March 1992)Brandon Wang, London, England (acquired from the above in 1992)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 1993)
Pininfarina Winter Press Conference, St. Moritz, Switzerland, 1965Frankfurt Motor Show, Frankfurt, Germany, September 1965Paris Motor Show, Paris, France, October 1965Torino Motor Show, Torino, Italy, November 1965Florence Concours d’Elegance, Florence, Italy, 1965Brussels Motor Show, Brussels, Belgium, January 1966FCA Vintage Ferrari Concours, Carmel Valley, California, August 1992 (Second in Class)Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, Pebble Beach, California, August 1992 (Second in Class)Santa Barbara Concours d’Elegance, Santa Barbara, California, 1992 (Second in Class)Newport Beach Concours d’Elegance, Newport Beach, California, 1992 (First in Class)San Diego Concours d’Elegance, San Diego, California, 1992 (First in Class)Cavallino Classic 2, Palm Beach, Florida, February 1993 (Excellence Cup)FCA Vintage Ferrari Concours, Carmel Valley, California, August 1993 (First in Class)
The Ferrari presented here is an undisputed masterpiece of automotive art – the one-of-a-kind 275 GTB Speciale, the only example of this iconic model designed and built by the legendary house of Carrozzeria Pininfarina. Since it debuted in 1965, this magnificent and utterly unique 275 GTB has been acclaimed as both a definitive example of Italian automotive design and a coachbuilt Ferrari of exceptional beauty and significance.
To fully appreciate the fascinating origins behind this special Ferrari, one must first understand its creator and first owner, Battista Pininfarina.
Born in Cortanze, Italy, in 1893, Battista Farina was the 10th of 11 children, earning him the nickname “Pinin,” a Piedmontese reference to the youngest male in a family. At just 12 years old, he began working for his brother Giovanni, who had established Carrozzeria Stabilimenti Industriali Farina, a firm that specialized in building elegant custom coachwork for luxury automobiles.
After 25 years of learning the craft, Battista Farina formed his own company, Carrozzeria Pinin Farina, in 1930. His firm quickly became one of the leading custom coachbuilders in Europe, bringing sprezzatura – the Italian art of making the difficult look easy – to the world of automotive design. For as long as Pinin Farina has designed and constructed car bodies, its creations have been characterized by elegance, simplicity, quality, and innovation.
In 1952, Pinin Farina began collaborating with Enzo Ferrari. Over the next decade, Carrozzeria Pinin Farina became Ferrari’s preferred coachbuilder, defining the look of Italy’s most prestigious automobile manufacturer, which had become world famous for its victories in major Grand Prix and sports car races. Not only were Ferraris being admired for their incredible performance, but also for understated yet imposing designs – a credit to the master coachbuilder in Torino.
In 1961, Battista Farina officially changed his last name to Pininfarina, so significant a change that it had to be authorized by the president of the Italian Republic. By the mid-1960s, his working relationship with Ferrari had reached its zenith, with a succession of celebrated designs for road and racing models, as well as a series of influential show cars.
In 1964, Carrozzeria Pininfarina was busy designing a berlinetta body for Ferrari’s new 275-series chassis. To carry out this work, the coachbuilder was supplied two chassis; the first, chassis 06003, served as the prototype, while the second, chassis 06437, was retained for display purposes and Battista Pininfarina’s personal use. As a result, 06437 became the one-off 275 GTB Speciale seen today, the only example of this iconic model to be built by Pininfarina in Torino, rather than by Scaglietti in Modena.
The overall design of the 275 GTB Speciale followed the general plans of Pininfarina’s original short-nose body style, but differed greatly in nearly every individual detail, with many fascinating, bespoke features unique to this car. Even the inner structure of the bodywork is specific to this car, sharing nothing with the Scaglietti-built cars.
Externally, the Speciale possesses more prominent front indicators, recessed side marker lights, smaller front bumpers, a special grille, and different headlamp covers, secured by individual brackets rather than a chrome surround. The hood is also distinctly different, characterized by a large oval bulge in the center – a feature necessitated by its optional, and highly desirable six-carburetor arrangement. The 275 GTB Speciale also has custom-built window frames, rain gutters, and even door handles that vary dramatically from the production cars. Battista Pininfarina also specified that there be no driver’s-side vent window – a feature he disliked, believing that it distracted from the purity of the design.
At the rear, the Speciale featured external chrome trunk hinges (as seen on the later long-nose GTBs), a prominent license-plate mounting, and an elegant decorative motif on the recessed section of the tail panel, outlined with chrome trim and highlighted by special Ferrari and Pininfarina badging. One of the most memorable features of 06437 is its distinctive rear diffuser, which features three curved panels placed vertically below the bumper, filling the area between the exhaust tips. This particular element is extremely advanced for a mid-1960s design, with similar rear diffuser treatments not becoming a regular sight on road-going sports cars until recently.
The interior was pure Pininfarina, far more luxurious than the standard 275 GTBs. It was equipped with more comfortable leather-trimmed seats, electric windows, a set of Heuer Rally-Master stopwatches, and myriad bespoke details, from the specially designed door panels and center console to the decorative polished air-vent covers found in the footwell and sail panel. The dashboard, finished with a polished wood veneer, curved at its ends to meet the door panels and was outfitted with a full array of black-faced Veglia gauges, along with special knobs, switches, and a Pininfarina badge emblazoned on the glove box door.
Originally, 06437 was finished in Acqua Verde Metallizzato, an elegant blue-green color selected from the Alfa Romeo catalogue, and trimmed in rich China Red leather upholstery. The spectacular custom coachwork was finished off with a recessed Ferrari badge on the nose and the classic Pininfarina “crown” placed on each side, just ahead of the fender vents. Instead of Borrani wire wheels, Campagnolo “Starburst” alloy wheels were specified, their modern design being better suited to the clean lines of the 275 GTB.
As documented by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, the certificate of origin for 06437 was not issued until March 2, 1965, and the following day, the 275 GTB Speciale was officially sold to Carrozzeria Pininfarina S.p.A. and registered in Torino as “TO 685458.”
Battista Pininfarina was surely very proud of his personalized 275 GTB, as he unveiled it at the company’s winter press conference, held at a resort in the Alpine village of St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Following this initial showing, 06437 was presented on the Pininfarina stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1965. This was followed by appearances at the Paris Motor Show in October and the Torino Motor Show in November. Toward the end of 1965, the 275 GTB Speciale was displayed at the exclusive Florence Concours d’Elegance and photographed in various settings for promotional purposes. These wonderful images were published in contemporary magazines, and have since been featured in numerous books on Ferrari and Pininfarina.
In January 1966, 06437 graced the Pininfarina stand one last time, during the Brussels Motor Show. Having served its duty as a signature display during the most famous European auto shows, the 275 GTB Speciale was sold by Pininfarina, in January 1966, to Vittorio Torchio, a 33-year-old resident of Pino Torinese. Battista Pininfarina died just a short while later, on April 3, 1966, closing one of the great chapters in the history of automotive design.
Automobile Club d’Italia registration records confirm that 06437 was sold to its third owner, Mauro Indemini of Garessio, Italy, in 1967 and then exported the next year to the US. The first known owner in the US was Don Vincent Gaxiola of San Francisco, who had acquired the car by 1970. From there, the car passed to Craig McFarland of Carmel, California, by which time it had been repainted in dark red, though it retained all of its distinctive original coachwork features.
Michael Sheehan of European Auto Sales in Costa Mesa, California, purchased the 275 GTB Speciale from Mr. McFarland in March 1992 and sold it immediately to famed Ferrari collector Brandon Wang. Mr. Sheehan then restored the car, returning it to its original appearance.
With its restoration completed in August 1992, 06437 was shown to great acclaim at several California concours, earning Second in Class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® as well as several other trophies. This success continued into 1993, with the 275 GTB Speciale receiving the Excellence Cup at the Cavallino Classic in Palm Beach, Florida, as well as placing First in Class at the FCA Vintage Ferrari Concours.
In 1993, Mr. Wang sold 06437 to the current owner; for the past 25 years, this extraordinary 275 GTB has been a fixture in one of the most significant private collections of coachbuilt and competition Ferraris ever assembled. Over the years, many collectors have attempted to acquire the Ferrari, though it has remained elusive, sequestered by its long-term owner and unavailable for decades.
While it has been kept out of the public eye in static storage and not driven for many years, it is well known to Ferrari enthusiasts and historians, who have carefully documented its history and unique features. Today, it retains the special equipment with which it was built, including its original, matchingnumbers engine, correctly stamped 06437 with internal no. 152/64.
A one-of-a-kind 275 GTB, built by Carrozzeria Pininfarina, arguably the most successful and influential Italian coachbuilder of all time, 06437 is a world-class Ferrari that possesses every special quality sought by discerning collectors. It is a masterpiece of mid-century industrial art that represents the intersection of two of the most famous Italian firms working at the height of their powers.
Chassis 06437, the onetime personal property of an automotive legend, is by any standard a significant coachbuilt Ferrari and one of the most enduring sports car designs of the 1960s. A testament to its timeless appeal, this car remains as fresh and exciting today as it did upon its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1965.
Gooding & Company is honored to present this magnificent automobile – surely among the most important and distinctive Ferraris ever built – at public auction for the first time in its history.