Ferrari 275GTB sets online auction record with AU$4.2 million sale

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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As everything goes digital in 2020: the online auction record has been reset... again

For reasons that should be more than apparent in 2020: almost everything has gone online, including the classic car auction.

But as collectors around the globe relegated to bidding through their computer screens instead of the usual buzz and thrill of a live bidding room, it’s perhaps to be expected that a few records may be set along the way.

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Gooding & Company’s Geared Online sale took place from August 3-7 and saw a new champion take the title for ‘most expensive car sold at online auction’, as a 1966 Ferrari 275GTB Long Nose sold for AU$4.2 million (US$3.08 million).

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The previous ‘most expensive online sale’ record was set back in May at RM Sotheby’s Driving into Summer auction, where a Ferrari Enzo sold for AU$3.7 million (US$2.64 million).

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Another Ferrari Enzo similarly featured in Gooding & Company’s most recent online sale, although only achieved US$2.35 million.

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The 1966 Ferrari 275GTB is one of the last examples produced and is described as one of the most extraordinary examples of its kind. It bears rare and highly-desired factory options such as an improved toque tube driveshaft and optional high-performance six-carburettor intake.

The unique Bianco body also bears bespoke coachwork including the extremely-rare factory-equipped competition-style external fuel filler cap, and its interior is swathed in tan leather.

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The 275GTB is completely unrestored and original, and was touted as a potential record-setting car with a pre-auction estimate of AU$3.8-$4.5 million (US$2.75-$3.25 million).

It’s AU$4.2 million sale makes it the sixth most-expensive car sold at auction this year.

 

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