1966 Ferrari 275275 GTB/2 Nez Long Torque Tube
- Desirable second series, long nose and torque tube
- Impeccable condition, always stayed in France
- The 275 of Roger Vadim and Jane Fonda
By 1960, the die had been cast. Formula 1 had demonstrated that in competition, the mid-engine format was the most effective way to handle large amounts of power. After much hesitation, Enzo Ferrari came on board, first with his single-seaters, and then in 1961, with his sports-prototypes. There was no question of doing the same with the road cars, however. In the GT competition category, the sublime GTO, descended from the wonderful Columbo-engined 250 had performances that defied its age and traditional chassis. And then, there was the Jaguar E-Type... Finally in 1964, Maranello's new road-going saloon, the 275 GTB, with its convertible version, the GTS, was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. Underneath a stunning golden-yellow livery, the car displayed innovations such as lightweight alloy wheels, four-wheel independent suspension and a five-speed synchromesh gearbox. The engine was still the Columbo V12 set at 60 degrees. A 3.3-litre engine, developed from information gathered while racing the rear-engined 250 LM and 275 P. Fed by three twin-bodied Weber carburettors, it safely produced 280 bhp at 7,600 rpm, while remaining versatile enough for road use. Transfer of the gearbox onto the rear axle improved the weight distribution and made more efficient use of the engine. The independent suspension improved stability and gave the car more grip. With precise, high ratio steering, the 275 GTB was a driver's car that demanded concentration and anticipation (it could reach speeds of more than 240 km/h), while responding to the slightest touch. A strict 2-seater coupé on a 2.40m wheelbase, in colours enhancing its aesthetic qualities. The car had flowing, virile styling, tighter than on the previous 250 GT, with a sloping nose, covered headlights, high waistline and low roof with blind rear quarter panels. Much of the styling was inspired by the GTO, the engineers' car. The 275 GTB, built by Carrozzeria Scaglietti, was the last Pininfarina creation supervised by Pinin himself. If it appeared rather austere in its day, its classical, elegant styling and dynamic handling quickly silenced the critics, in particular the experienced gentleman drivers, who used it successfully in competition, often with little preparation. A 275 GTB series 2 appeared in 1965 with a longer nose and an updated torque tube. It is one of these later versions that we have the pleasure to present and one with a very special story
This Ferrari 275 GTB was sold new on 15 June 1966 by Franco-Britannic Autos to Roger Plemiannikov, known as Roger Vadim, the famous film director, whose well known films included " And God Created Woman ", (it was Vadim's Ferrari 250 LWB California Spider that Artcurial sold three years ago). Presented in metallic light blue, this car was first registered 64 SW 75 in the 17th arrondissement of Paris. Three months later, on 16 September 1966, the registration document was transferred to Jane Plemiannikov, better known by her maiden name, Jane Fonda, Roger Vadim's wife at that time. The registration number stayed the same. Two years later, on 14 November 1968, the car was registered 1404 W 75 by the garage Franco-Britannic, in Levallois-Perret. It later moved to Lyon where it was spotted in a garage in the Vaise neighbourhood by a certain Mr Tamalet, who had just bought a Renault 12 Gordini. He fell in love with this stunning Ferrari, proposed an exchange of the two cars to the garage owner, and the deal was done. It was Tamalet's company that became the registered owner: Compagnie Générale de Voitures de Luxe (C.G.V.L), based at 30 quai de Perrache, in Lyon. The registration number changed to 1191 DG 69 and the Ferrari was repainted red for Mr Tamalet, who ran it until April 1972. The car then passed to Christian Baverey, a company director in Lyon and serious Ferrari enthusiast. Together with his wife, Anne Baverey, a talented racing driver (she was nicknamed " Queen of the Mountain "), they participated in this car in various Club Ferrari France events, in the Coupes des Dames in Mas de Clos in October 1974, the Limonest-Mont Verdun hillclimb in the Lyon region in September 1974 and the 35 mn d'Albi, in November 1975.
The Ferrari was sold on 16 April 1980 to Michel Ferry, director of the Société des Bains de Mer de Monaco, who was involved in the Automobile Club de Monaco, and it was registered B 600.
On 14 November 1980, the car was acquired by a collector and sports car enthusiast from the Toulouse region, and registered 275 TM 31. He took part in various local rallies in it before selling the car in 1988 to a dealer in the South of France, who in turn sold it to the current owner.
Presented today in yellow with a splendid black leather interior, this car is in superb condition. It is an example of the sought-after 'long nose' second series, more elegant than the earlier version, with a tapered design that was used unaltered on the 275 GTB/4. Moreover, the car used the Tipo 563/66 chassis. This had a later torque tube encasing the propshaft, replacing the open version, with or without CV joints. This arrangement cut down vibration and controlled the noise. The interior is well preserved and has one rather amusing accessory: it is equipped with a small period thermometer. The inscription explains that it was put there by Jane Fonda, to show Roger Vadim how hot it got in the cockpit. Naturally, he had nothing to do with that...
The Ferrari 275 GTB has become an icon of automobile history, a superstar that offers rarity, sensuality, power and versatility. When such a car has also been owned by two screen idols, it becomes totally exceptional !