1967 Ferrari 365 GTC Speciale
Chassis no. 10581
Engine no. 10581
4,390cc, DOHC, 320hp V12
Five-speed manual transmission
Unique specification Ferrari
Ordered new by Leopoldo Pirelli, President of Pirelli SPA
First GT Ferrari to have 5-spoke, 15" mag-alloy wheels
Bonhams is very proud to offer this unique and special Ferrari from the Oldenburg Family Collection. The car was a personal order from Enzo Ferrari by Leopoldo Pirelli, the President of the legendary tire company, who took delivery in November 1967. With the distinct advantage of knowing 'Il Commendatore', and wishing to have a high performance automobile on which to test Cinturato tires, he was able to request that Enzo build him a 330 GTC to be fitted with the next iteration of powerplant and drivetrain soon to arrive in its successor, the 365GTC. To compensate for the additional power and to facilitate his testing, the car was to receive custom handmade 15 inch Campagnolo magnesium alloy wheels, being the first GT so delivered.
This specification is certainly unique and is fully documented on its factory build sheets, copies of which exist on file. Badged on its tail as a 330, but stated by its chassis plate as a 365, the car could be considered as prototype for this model, however it seems fairer for it to be described as a Speciale, being in keeping with the terminology the factory used for its one off hand built derivatives. More than the technical details though the reality it is the best of both worlds having the bigger engine, but retaining the purer lines of the original GTC.
10581 remained in Europe for the first ten years of its life before being sold to Chinetti in the late 1970s and then into the long term ownership of Seth Rosner of New York City in June 1978. On taking delivery, Mr Rosner recalled legendary Grand Prix driver Rene Dreyfus handing him the keys with the comment 'Monsieur, you have acquired a very special automobile.' He would keep the car for the next three decades. Over the course of Mr. Rosner's tenure, he elected to have it rebuilt mechanically by Nereo Iori a former NART racing mechanic in 1982 and six years later commissioned new paint by renowned painter Bill deCarr, changing its scheme to the current deep Red. In the same period Lyle Tanner Enterprises refurbished the interior upholstery in biscuit hide and renewed the carpets.
Exercised and shown regularly by Mr. Rosner the Speciale was exhibited at the Petersen Automotive Museum in 1997 for its 'Ferrari at 50' show, and at the Saratoga Automobile Museum for a Ferrari display in 2003. After nearly 30 years of ownership, he sold the car to Mr. Oldenburg in 2007.
Very few people will ever be able to lay claim to owning a one-off Ferrari, with a fascinating file of information that includes correspondence with Leopoldi Pirelli, copies of the original Foglio and the original Certificato d'Origine, this offers that opportunity.
- Please note that the title for this vehicle is in transit.