What Is The Most Valuable Ferrari In the World?

With the increase in value of vintage Ferraris, one would expect to find what many experts believe to be the most expensive Ferrari in the World to be stored in a vault or hidden from public view. This could not be further from the truth.

Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and on public display is a very rare and very yellow car. At first glance, the yellow car looks like the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO, one of the most expensive cars in the World of which 63 were ever produced.

In fact, the very rare and very yellow car is one of three 275 GTB/C Speciales, the successor to the 250 GTO. This particular car stands out from the other three in that it is the only one to have a racing pedigree.

Chassis number 6885 was campaigned by Ecurie Francorchamps, Ferrari’s satellite racing team from Belgium. It suffered a ‘did not finish’ in its first race in the 1965 Targa Florio. At Le Mans later that year, it however secured a win by winning the GT class and finishing third overall behind a pair Ferrari 250 LMs. During the race, the team punched an ugly hole into the nose of the car to facilitate cooling, an issue that has since been fixed.

After Le Mans, the car was transferred to Ferrari’s North American Racing Team or N.A.R.T, who managed to pilot it to a win at the Nassau Grand Prix.

The 275 GTB/C Speciale was based on the 275 GTB road car but contained several racing modifications. Designed by Pininfarina and having a body built by Scagletti, it featured aluminum body panels that were half as thick as their road-going brethren, making them susceptible to denting. Their chassis was also built with thinner tubes to reduce weight. These modifications worked because the vehicle was more than 300 pounds lighter than the road-going cars.

The engine powering the 275 GTB/C Speciale is a 3.3 liter V12 with dry-sump lubrication. Crowning the engine, were six Weber carberators from the 250 LM. The engines produced 330 horsepower, more than 70 horsepower from the road-going version. These cars are significant in that they were the first Ferraris with rear transaxle gearboxes and independent rear suspensions.

So, exactly where in Fort Lauderdale is number 6885?

It can be viewed at one of three Swap Shop Flea Market locations owned by Mr. Preston Henn. Mr. Henn is a successful entrepreneur with a passion for not only owning amazing super cars but racing them as well. Race cars in his stable include a Gunnar 935 that Mr. Henn raced in 1985, a Formula One car raced by Michael Schumacher, and a 24 Hours of Daytona winning Porsche 962. Road-going cars in the collection include a Ferrari FXX, a LaFerrari, a Maserati MC12, a Ferrari Enzo, a Porsche 918 Spyder and a Mercedes-Benz SLR, and others.

The big question is just what number 6885 is worth. One of the other two 275 GTB/C Speciales, number 6701 sold in 2014 for $26.4 millio . Chassis number 7185 is in a private collection. Neither of these cars have the racing pedigree that 6885 does.

The most expensive car ever sold was a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO that sold for $52 million in a private sale. The most expensive car to ever be sold at auction was also a 1962 Ferrari GTO that went for $38.115 million.  Remember, only 3 275 GTB/C Speciales were built compared to 67 of the Ferrari 250 GTOs.

Experts and enthusiasts have speculated that if 6885 were to ever go to market, it could go for $75 to $100 million . However, it is unlikely to go on the market any time soon if the owner is to be believed.

Until the vehicle makes its way to the auction block, you can see it at one of three Swap Flea Markets in Fort Lauderdale Florida.

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