- Sold new in France
- "Long nose/torque tube" version
- One of the last remaining Ferrari 275 GTBs in original condition
- Matching numbers
- Same owner since 1972
The outstanding feature of this car is that is has been in the hands of the same owner since 1972. It was delivered new in 1966 to Franco Britannic Autos, in Levallois, and sold to its first owner, M. Caillas, from Paris, in blue livery with black leather interior. We discovered from information passed on to us by Marcel Massini that the car was serviced on 13 February 1967 by Factory Assistenza Clienti de Ferrari, in Modena (order n° 70G), when the odometer read 11 189 km. In 1972 it was acquired by the current owner, who already knew about the car, having seen it where he lived in Oise, and where the car had been registered since 1969. At that time the Ferrari was grey with beige leather interior. The current owner was looking to replace his Jaguar E-Type, which he sold in part-exchange (estimated at 18 750 francs) for this car in addition to a cheque for 26 000 francs from Euro Sport, in Linas-Montlhéry. The file includes a copy of the bill of sale. The owner's wife remembers going to fetch the car, and finding the clutch so hard to use that she was unable to change gear properly...The mileage was 60 000 km at that time. Once serviced, it was used for long journeys throughout Europe, in the direction of Italy and Denmark... When the owner bought himself a Maserati Bora in 1977 that was used for long trips, the car was taken out less often. During this period, the stunning 275 GTB was driven little but during the 1980s, its owner decided to revive the car, giving it a coat of paint, and entrusting the necessary mechanical work to Toni Auto in Maranello. Recording less than 104 000 km today, the car is presented in grey with superb beige upholstery displaying such a wonderful patina it could have left the factory with this interior.
The Ferrari 275 is one of the most desirable berlinettas produced by the prancing horse marque. It represented a major technical advance on the 250 GT Lusso, the model it replaced, featuring all round independent suspension and a gear box mated to the rear axle. The engine size of the famous V12 " Colombo " increased to 3.3-litres producing 280 bhp, which allowed this stunning car to reach 250 km/h. Pininfarina produced a superb design to house this work of art that reflected its performance. The long bonnet, compact roofline and GTO-style side vents added a touch of aggression to the styling that combined sportiness with elegance. The cockpit was also given a sporty appearance, with bucket seats and pared down interior.
In addition to these characteristics, the Ferrari 275 GTB on offer is the desirable " long nose " version, more elegant than the first 275 GTBs. It also benefits from the " torque tube " transmission system that limits vibration and noise and avoids the need for frequent alignment of the transmission shaft.
This car must be one of the last unrestored examples of the Ferrari 275 GTB, owned by an enthusiast who has driven it without hesitation and has carried out various jobs on the car himself. It will need a service before taking to the road. The buyer may choose to leave the Ferrari in this desirable condition, but the opportunity is there to carry out a high quality restoration that would return the car to its original " Blu Celeste " livery. Whatever the buyer decides, they will have the unsurpassable pleasure of sitting behind the wheel of a car that has had just one careful owner for almost forty years !