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1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale

Two recovered 365 P chassis received special bodywork and this white supercar, built on chassis 8971 was one of Sergio Pininfarina’s first designs. It was built in a pair of cars ordered by Fiat Boss Gianni Agnelli, and one was prematurely displayed at the 1966 Paris Motor Show without its full running gear on Pininfarina’s stand.

The 365 P was a radical platform for a new design study as it was intended as a Le Mans contender. Located midship, the 4.4 liter V12 which powered this car, produced 380 horsepower, and that was in detuned form.

Internally at Pininfarina the car was known as Coupe Ferrari 3 Posti for its unique three seat design. Much like the modern day McLaren, it has a central driver’s position with two seats at each side of the driver. This layout is advantageous because it gives a high level of visibility to the driver and maximizes interior space.

Pininfarina’s exterior design lent many traits from the Dino prototypes which were shown in 1965. Because of its numerous similaries, and hefty engine, the 365P Speciale can be seen as one of the father cars to the 206/246 production cars.

Chassis 8971, was photographed at the 2001 Concorso Italiano. This car is still in perfect running condition with a little over 8000 miles on the odometer.

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In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
engine V12
position Mid Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain SOHC 2 Valves / Cyl
displacement 4390 cc / 267.9 in³
bore 81 mm / 3.19 in
stroke 71 mm / 2.8 in
compression 8.8:1
power 283.4 kw / 380.0 bhp @ 7300 rpm
specific output 86.56 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 372.55 bhp per tonne
redline 7000
driven wheels Mid Engine / RWD
f brake size mm / in
r brake size mm / in
front wheels F Discs x Discs cm / Not Available x Not Available in
curb weight 1020 kg / 2249 lbs
wheelbase 2600 mm / 102.4 in
front track 1480 mm / 58.3 in
rear track 1470 mm / 57.9 in
length 4400 mm / 173.2 in
width 1890 mm / 74.4 in
height 1190 mm / 46.9 in
transmission 5-Speed Manual
gear ratios :1
top speed ~245 kph / 152.2 mph

Auction Sales History

1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale

1966 Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Speciale Tre Posti 8971 – did not sell for $22,500,000 Ferrari’s Original, Mid-Engine Twelve-Cylinder Supercar. A Road-Going “P” Car with Sensational Three-Seater, Center-Drive Coachwork. Highly Original Condition with Only 7,965 KM (4,950 Miles) from New. A Magnificent Expression of the Automobile as Art. Auction Source: 2014 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company