1966 Ferrari 275 GTB /6C BerlinettaSOLD
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Estimate: €480.000-€580.000

€660.000 Sold

300 bhp, 3,286 cc overhead camshaft V-12 engine, six Weber 40 DCN/3 carburettors, five-speed manual rear-mounted transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with A-arms, coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,400 mm (94.5 in.)

Introduced in 1964, the 275 GTB was considered by many to be the finest production Ferrari ever built, combining the thoroughbred mechanical pedigree of its road racing forebears with sufficient creature comforts and a brand new fully independent rear suspension to produce a superlative grand touring automobile.

The engine was based on Ferrari’s race-proven Colombo overhead camshaft V-12, now displacing of 3,285.7 cc to produce 280 bhp with the standard triple Weber carburettor setup. Fitment of six Weber 40 DNC/3 carburettors was offered as an option, increasing output to about 300 bhp!

Collectors today divide the 275 GTBs into early (short nose) and late (long nose) cars. As with many things Ferrari, the reality is not so simple – and much more interesting. While high volume carmakers produced seemingly endless quantities of nearly identical cars, Ferraris were still built – to an astonishing degree – by hand. Furthermore, as improvements were devised, they were incorporated into production – often with the very next car. In other cases, features from earlier production would appear on later cars, to the delight of their owners, and to the consternation of historians. The changeover to a longer nose design, introduced at the 1965 Paris Salon, was the result of front-end lift at high speed caused by the initial short-nose setup.

Another common point of differentiation is driveshaft configuration. The earliest cars were fitted with an open Hotchkiss-style normal U-joint and driveshaft setup. Because of the rear-mounted transaxle, the drive shaft rotates at a much higher speed than a conventional drive shaft, making proper alignment critical for elimination of vibration.

Unfortunately, over time, the driveline could become misaligned, and sorting it out required both skill and special training. As a result, Ferrari switched to a driveshaft and constant velocity (CV) joint setup with a centre bearing (referred to as the “interim” setup), which made the alignment process much simpler. Ultimately, Ferrari switched to a torque tube setup which effectively bolts the clutch housing to the transaxle at the rear, to fix them together as a unit.

A long-nose, torque-tube 275 GTB, factory-fitted with the aforementioned optional six Weber carburettors is widely considered the most desirable road car specification. Chassis no. 08995 is one such example. It was sold new on 25 August 1966 through Dino Ravasio & Sons of Verona to Ermanno Arabbi, resident in Vicenza. The car was serviced at the Ferrari factory’s Assistenza Clienti and accumulated about 13,000 kms by March 1967 when it was bought by Serge-Rémy Le Grou of Rouez-en-Champagne, France. He retained the car, using it sparingly for the next 33 years until March 2000 when it was bought and brought out of hibernation by a prominent UK collector.

The highly original, low-mileage car was re-commissioned for the road and was subsequently sold to the fastidious last owner who decided to commission a bare metal re-spray in its original colour of Argento Auteuil metallizzato. The body was completely stripped and the glass and original interior were carefully removed and subsequently refitted. A complete suspension rebuild was undertaken as well and the full photo-documentation for this work is now part of its history file. Furthermore, the engine was completely stripped and re-built and as a result the car is a superb driving example of the model, fitted with the correct, period Becker Mexico radio and an original set of Campagnolo wheels. The six Weber carburettors are currently fitted with open trumpets but the original air filter box and carburettor tops accompany the car as well.

Above all, 08995 is accompanied by an extraordinary amount of documentation and an impressive file, detailing the car’s history from new with remarkable specificity. In addition to the original tool roll and 275 GTB handbook, the car retains invoices and correspondence from the first owner, a 1967 Italian road tax disc, Ferrari service booklet, and warranty card retained in the original leather Ferrari wallet, and even its original Ferrari cloth duster! Personal items include a diary from M. Le Grou, detailing trips he made in the car, including the mileage, fuel costs and destinations. Additional invoices support the extensive work conducted by such marque specialists as Marcel Wettstein and Sportgarage Graber of Switzerland.

As a well documented long-nose, torque-tube car, ordered from the factory with the desirable six-carburettor setup, it remains a most sought-after example of one of Ferrari’s most attractive designs.

Reference Number 41549

as of 4/4/2009

Car 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB /6C Berlinetta
VIN 08895 
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