Alexandra Kometovna

White mischief. The 1966 Ferrari 365P ‘TRE POSTI’

Alexandra Kometovna
White mischief. The 1966 Ferrari 365P ‘TRE POSTI’

photography by CHRISTOPHER GRIFFITH

Designed by Ferrari legend Sergio Pininfarina for the American racecar driver and Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti in 1966, the stunning 365p is about as rare and important as vintage supercars get. The muscular mid-mounted V12 was nicknamed the ‘Tre Posti’ for its unique three-seat configuration, which placed the driver dead center and the passengers set back on the flanks. With an estimated value north of $23 million, only two were ever made. (The second was commissioned by Fiat boss Gianni Agnelli). After its debut, Road & Track ran a cartoon showing the car with both its doors open, a man in the central driver’s seat, and two women arguing on the Italian roadside. La dolce vita indeed.

Briefly owned by a Dutch playboy and the granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller, the first “Tre Posti” found its way back to its original owner, Luigi Chinetti, in 1969. Photographed at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, Philadelphia, 2015.

Briefly owned by a Dutch playboy and the granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller, the first “Tre Posti” found its way back to its original owner, Luigi Chinetti, in 1969. Photographed at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, Philadelphia, 2015.

Pininfarina’s center-driver, two-passenger cockpit layout wouldn’t be repeated until the McLaren F1, 26 years later.

Pininfarina’s center-driver, two-passenger cockpit layout wouldn’t be repeated until the McLaren F1, 26 years later.

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With an estimated value north of $23 million, only two were ever made. With a moon roof and zero seat belts, the 365p †as the first Ferrari designed for road use  With a mid-mounted V12 engine.

With an estimated value north of $23 million, only two were ever made.
With a moon roof and zero seat belts, the 365p †as the first Ferrari designed for road use
With a mid-mounted V12 engine.