1967 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1967
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    041
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

PROVENANCE
Gaetano Maria Zafferri, Parma, Italy (acquired new in August 1967)
Agenzia Pomelli, Caserta, Italy (acquired from the above in 1971)
Dr. Norm Hagman, Rockford, Illinois (acquired by 1976)
Gullwing Motor Cars, Astoria, New York (acquired from the above in 2014)
Gordon Dyal, New York (acquired from the above in December 2014)
Current Owner (acquired from the above)

EXHIBITED
Ferrari Club of America National Meeting, Mid-America Raceway, June 1976
Ferrari Club of America National Meeting, Road Atlanta, June 1978
The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, Carmel Valley, California, August 2016

LITERATURE
Hilary A. Raab Jr., Ferrari Serial Numbers Part I, chassis no. listed on p. 110
Dyke W. Ridgley, Cavallino, No. 34, “The Four-Cam”

THIS CAR
Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October 1966, the 275 GTB/4 was a groundbreaking Ferrari. As Maranello’s first four-cam road car, the GTB/4 paid homage to the dominant sports racing prototypes of the era and pointed to the future of Ferrari design.

Subtly differentiated from the long-nose two-cam 275 GTB by a slight bulge on the bonnet, the true beauty of the GTB/4’s design lay beneath the surface. The 3.3-liter tipo 226 engine was inspired by Ferrari’s contemporary prototype racing cars, featuring double overhead-cam cylinder heads, dry sump lubrication, and an impressive lineup of six Weber 40 DCN carburetors, an arrangement that was a desirable option on earlier two-cam 275 GTBs.

The result was a free-revving engine with improved low-end torque and greater overall flexibility.

Beyond its exquisite four-cam engine, the 275 GTB/4 benefited from other notable refinements, including the standardization of the improved torque-tube driveshaft and more modern interior appointments. Beautiful, civilized, and devastatingly fast, Ferrari’s four-cam berlinetta had few peers on the roads of 1967.

According to the research of Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, this 275 GTB/4, chassis 10291, was completed in early August 1967 and finished in the rare and attractive color scheme of Nero (Black) with dark beige leather upholstery. Specified for the Italian market, 10291 was outfitted with metric instruments and was sold directly from SEFAC Ferrari S.p.A. to its first private owner, Gaetano Maria Zafferri of Parma.

The 275 GTB/4 remained in Sig. Zafferri’s ownership through 1971, when it was sold to Agenzia Pomelli in Caserta, Italy, for 3,200,000 lire. While the precise relationship is unclear, Agenzia Pomelli is understood to have had some financial arrangement with a gentleman named Ezio Gravante, who also owned a 275 GTB/4, chassis 10931. During this period, both Ferraris were concurrently registered in Caserta to the same address on Via Oreste Salomone.

Like many used Ferraris sold new in Italy, this 275 GTB/4 was eventually exported to the US and repainted red. In the mid-1970s, 10291 was acquired by Dr. Norm Hagman, a resident of Rockford, Illinois. In 1976 and 1978, Dr. Hagman exhibited the 275 at the Ferrari Club of America National Meeting but thereafter the car led a relatively quiet existence.

In 2009, Dr. Hagman sent the car to the esteemed Patrick Ottis Company of Berkeley, California, where the original engine (internal number 1762) was rebuilt to the firm’s famously exacting standards. Once the work was completed, the Ferrari returned to Dr. Hagman in Illinois, where it was driven sparingly.

In 2014, Dr. Hagman finally decided to part with his Ferrari, and it was sold to Peter Kumar’s Gullwing Motor Cars of Astoria, New York. Photographs taken at the time of his acquisition show 10291 finished in red and retaining much of its original upholstery. Later that year, the 275 GTB/4 was sold to Gordon Dyal of New York, who entrusted the car to Brian Hoyt’s Perfect Reflections in Hayward, California, for a comprehensive cosmetic restoration. At this time, the Ferrari was refinished in its original black livery, with the interior re-trimmed in red leather for a dramatic contrast.

Soon after the restoration was completed, the Ferrari was sold to the current owner, an East Coast collector with a discerning eye for high-quality sports and racing cars. In his ownership, the Ferrari has been displayed at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering in August 2016, where it was included in “The Great Ferraris” class. Having benefited from minimal use since, the 275 GTB/4 remains in pristine, show-quality condition and ought to be an ideal candidate for future concours outings.

In keeping with its impeccable presentation, 10291 is offered for sale with a a set of owner’s handbooks, tool roll, optional Borrani wire wheels, and a history report compiled by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini.

Offered at public auction for the first time, this 275 GTB/4 is an exceptional example of the most highly sought-after Ferrari road car of the 1960s. Not only does 10291 possess a well-documented history and desirable factory specifications, it has enjoyed the care of dedicated owners and benefits from a world-class restoration, with work carried out by Patrick Ottis and Brian Hoyt, two highly respected Ferrari specialists with countless concours awards to their credit.

This magnificent black four cam is, quite simply, an outstanding example of Ferrari’s definitive road-going berlinetta and a true prize for the collector who demands only the very best.