One of just 12 purpose-built Competizione versions of the 275 GTB built by Ferrari, Gooding’s example, chassis 09063, was originally delivered to Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team. Under the N.A.R.T. banner, the car was driven by Pedro Rodriguez at the 1966 Nassau Touring & Governor’s Trophy, claiming a class victory. It’s also a veteran of three 24 Hours of Daytona races. A well-known Ferrari expert bought the car in 1992 and entrusted specialists Giuliano Michelotto and Dino Cognolato to restore it to concours specification. Resplendent in the fabulous shade of Rosso Rubino, the 275 GTB/C is expected to fetch 12–14m US dollars when it crosses the block on 24–25 August in Pebble Beach.
The 275 will be joined at the sale by two other important Ferrari Berlinettas – a single-louvre 1959 Ferrari 250 GT ‘Tour de France’ (est. 6.5–7.5m dollars) and an ex-Works (and later Briggs Cunningham) 1950 Ferrari 155 MM/195 S Berlinetta Le Mans (6.5–7.5m dollars).
Photos courtesy of Gooding & Company