Every fan of Ferrari cars will say that each model of the Maranello-based company is a work of art. Among the many cars that are icons of the automotive industry such as the F40, 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso, 308 GTB or Testarossa, a special place belongs to the Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale.
The Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale was first presented in 1966 as a concept sports car designed by Pininfarina. Developed in the golden age of the automotive industry in the 60s, based on the design of Aldo Brovarone, this unique creation embodies Ferrari’s pursuit of automotive excellence, despite not being given the green light for series production.
As the road-going successor to the legendary Ferrari Le Mans racing cars, with long, sweeping lines, accentuated fenders and a Ferrari front fascia, only two examples were produced. The low-slung body, aluminum bodywork crafted to optimize aerodynamics and overall performance, the chassis with a tubular steel frame, and distinctive triple taillights underscore its sporting heritage.
Already after the presentation, it attracted the attention of Gianni Agnelli, who ordered another car. The second example is finished in metallic gray with a large rear spoiler.
The biggest surprise was hidden in the cabin, three seats with the driver’s position in the middle. It was seen for the first time in a Ferrari car, a novelty that would come to life three decades later with the McLaren F1 hypercar.
When it comes to the powertrain, the Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale is powered by a 4.4-liter Tipo 245 V12 engine with three Weber carburetors with a total power of 375 hp (276 kW) at 7500 rpm. Engineers reduced the weight here as well, so the engine block and cylinder head were made of aluminum. The engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. This allowed the car to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5 seconds with a top speed of 245 km/h (152 mph). It was one of the fastest road cars of its time.
The first copy of the 365 P Berlinetta Speciale, finished in white, was sold in the United States to collector Chinetti. The second copy, according to current information, is located in the United States.
When it comes to the value of the car, it should be noted that the first prototype was offered at auction nine years ago, but even the offer of USD $23 million was not enough for the owner of this unique car.