Wednesday, May 31, 2017

1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale - Preston Henn

One of the most coveted cars in the world lost its owner this week when millionaire Preston Henn, a South Florida flea-market magnate, died at age 86. His 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale may be the world’s first car to break the $100 million mark, provided it finds its way to the auction block. Today, top versions of the 275 GTB are valued at about $2.4 million.

With six carburetors, the car produced 330 horsepower.
A very few of these machines were built for racing and stamped with a 'C' for 'Competizione' — and 'Speciale'. The "special" 275 GTBs had thinner body panels, a diet that trimmed 300 pounds in all.
Henn's 275 GTB/C Speciale was one of only 3 made. At auction in 2014, one of its siblings fetched $29.4 million. Whether the car finds its way to auction is unknown. Henn is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Betty, and four children. Before passing, he said he made sure the Ferrari will stay on display long after he is gone. "That was his crown jewel," Vogel said. "At one point he said he wanted to be buried in it."