1967 Ferrari 275GTB/4
Year of manufacture1967
$2,500,000 - $2,750,000
- Delivered new to Lugano, Switzerland
- Older, well-preserved restoration
- Nearly $49,000 in mechanical and cosmetic refreshing by Greg Jones in 2014
- Ferrari Classiche Certified, retains its original engine and gearbox
- One of only 330 examples built
Arguibly Ferrari’s prettiest production Berlinetta, the 275 boasts a perfectly-proportioned silhouette, with a long hood line and short, yet spacious boot. If the 275 GTB was the best looking Berlinetta, clearly the 275 GTB/4 was the best iteration to drive and enjoy. Introduced in 1966, the 275 GTB/4 added little cosmetically to the 275 GTB’s already brilliant design, simply exterior-mounted and chromed rear trunk hinges and a slight bulge in the hood.
However, it was underneath the hood where its most important changes were. Ferrari updated the 275’s V-12 engine with a second overhead camshaft on each bank of cylinders, making the 275 GTB/4 the first Ferrari road car to boast dual overhead camshafts. This provided the already potent V-12 engine with an additional 20 bhp. Only 330 275 GTB/4s were produced before Ferrari transitioned production to the 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Chassis number 10045 was produced by Ferrari in 1967 and originally finished in Grigio Argento (106-E-1) over Nero (VM 8500) leather seats. According to Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, the car’s factory Foglio Allestimenti indicates that the car was originally intended to be delivered to Crepaldi S.a.s in Milan, yet this was crossed out and the car was delivered new to the official Ferrari dealers Martinelli and Sonvico of Lugano Switzerland.
The 275 GTB/4 was serviced at the factory in May of 1968, at that time showing 14,146 km from new. Later, it was exported to the U.S. and was noted as being in the ownership of L.D. Alderman of Maryland. By 1973, the car was partially restored by François Sicard of Greenwich, Connecticut. In January of 1975, chassis number 10045 was sold by a New York-based bank that had repossessed the car to Robert Neudeck of New York City, at that time showing 18,000 km on its odometer.
By 1979, chassis number 10045 had been driven some 30,000 km and remained with Neudeck through the mid 1990s, relocating with him to Denver, Colorado. At this time, the car was described as being finished in red with a black interior and alloy wheels, although both paint and interior were said to be in rough condition. By July 1997, the car had sold to noted Ferrari collector Chris Cox of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Two years later, the Ferrari had moved north to Canada and was restored by Legendary Motorcars of Milton, Ontario, just outside of Toronto and the restoration work was featured on the television show Dream Car Garage. By them, the car was repainted in fly yellow with a newly reupholstered black leather interior and alloy wheels. In April of that year, the car was purchased by the retired racing driver Skip Barber. Upon delivery to Barber, the car was sent to Bill Pollard’s Sport Auto for suspension work and an engine-out rebuild. Barber kept the car until 2009 and thereafter, it remained in the U.S with its next owner. That same year, the car won first in class at the 6th Annual Keeneland Concours d’Elegance in Lexington, Kentucky.
At some point thereafter, the car moved back north and was purchased by Wayne Singleton of Ontario, Canada and was acquired by the consignor in early 2013. An appraisal carried out in April of that year noted that the car was in excellent condition, with no sign of repairs to its bodywork. With the consignor, the car was shown at the XXIII Cavallino Classic in 2014 in Palm Beach Florida. Afterwards, the car was shipped to noted Ferrari specialist Greg Jones of Stuart, Florida. There, the car was mechanically and cosmetically refreshed to bring it to a higher standard. Invoices for his work are on file and total to $48,997.37. This included fitting new Michelin XWX tires, fitting new trunk carpeting, reproduction battery cables, new brake hoses, new side glass for the windows, and fitting a new rear exhaust amongst other minor items.
The 275 GTB/4 was granted Ferrari Classiche certification in 2017, confirming that it retains its original engine and gearbox and that while the car was born with Campagnolo wheels, it is now fitted with Borrani wire wheels. Today, the car presents in excellent condition, having clearly been well preserved and looked after since not only the completion of its restoration over twenty years ago, but since Greg Jones’ work was completed in 2014, ensuring that the car remains in wonderful condition both inside and out. Chassis number 10045 would surely be an excellent addition to any collection and a wonderful example to use an enjoy on the open road or one to participate with in concours events.
Please note that an import duty of 2.5% of the purchase price is payable on this lot if the buyer is a resident of the United States.
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