The Arizona Collector Car Auctions is one of the largest in the world, and the 2018 edition was a supremely successful event. Over 2,600 cars changed hands, and US$248 million was spent to buy them. Classic muscle cars, vintage trucks, performance cars and rarities thrilled enthusiast and turned heads. There were all the most notable car brands including Porsche, Lamborghini and Ferrari.
The star of the show was definitely a red 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale Coupe which sold for a jaw-dropping record price of US$8,085,0,000. The 275 GTB Speciale Coupe is the most expensive steel-bodied 275 GTB that was ever sold. It is one of just four built by the legendary Pininfarina and the only surviving model. The illustrious sports car is a near perfect prime example of a coachbuilt Ferrari depicting a genuine Italian automotive design that is blindingly beautiful, luxurious and, of course, fast.
The Speciale Coupe is designed differently from the regular 275 GTB and incorporates additional features. The car has a far more luxurious interior, and the exterior has no vent window on the driver’s side. A rear diffuser was added to improve aerodynamics, and the performance of the coupe is superior to the standard models. The smaller front fenders and more prominent indicators fit perfectly into the redesigned front grill. The cabin has high-grain leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and other comfort-enhancing features. The 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale Coupe is fitted with an ultra-powerful 3.3-litre V12 engine that can produce 265bhp. The car is rear wheel drive and has a 5-speed manual transaxle gearbox transmission that is smooth and comfortable to use.
The Ferrari Speciale Coupe is a rare breed that is passing into extinction. They don’t make sports cars like this anymore, but this one is a survivor, and in over 50 years since she first took to the streets, she’s still going strong and turning heads in admiration with beauty from a bygone era.