A classic Ferrari could become one of the most expensive cars ever sold when it goes under the hammer, next month. The three-seater 1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale is expected to sell for around £20 million ($34 million) when it is auctioned, on August 16.
Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina only made two of these cars, in collaboration with Enzo Ferrari, giving it the requisite rarity factor. It also has a distinctive McLaren F1-style seating arrangement, with two passenger seats positioned behind a central driver's seat, giving it the name Tre Posti - "three seater".
This car was owned by one of Enzo Ferrari's collaborators, racing driver Chinetti, who is famed for taking Ferrari's first and last victories at Le Mans in 1949 and 1965, as well as being the first and only dealer for the brand in the US at the time, which stood for many years.
Thanks to a 380bhp engine – a staggering power figure for its time – this lightweight 1,020kg Tre Posti can hit an impressive top speed of 186mph.
David Gooding, boss of Gooding & Company auction house, said: "The Tre Posti stands alone. This work of automotive art represents the ultimate in 1960s sports car design.
"In my opinion, Tre Posti is an extraordinary coachbuilt tour de force and by all respects one of the most important and valuable Ferraris ever designed.
"Its competition underpinnings and special provenance make it one of the finest Ferraris in existence."
Currently the most expensive car sold is a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO racer, which went for for $52 million (over £30 million).