1965 FERRARI 275 GTB
COACHWORK DESIGNED BY PININFARINA, BUILT BY SCAGLIETTI
Chassis No. 06585
Engine No. 06585
Red with tan leather interior
Engine: V-12, single overhead camshaft per bank, triple twin-choke Weber 40DCZ/6 carburetors, 3,286cc, 280bhp at 7,600rpm, Series II driveshaft conversion; Gearbox: five-speed transaxle; Suspension: independent front and rear; Brakes: discs all round. Left hand drive.
At the Paris Salon of 1964, Ferrari chose to launch his new Berlinetta Coupe, the 275 GTB, which was his last dual-purpose sports racing car. With an evolutionary design from the preceding Coupes, it was considerably more sporting than the 250 GT Lusso that it replaced. The recent developments of the Competition 275P and 250LM were reflected in numerous areas of the GTB, the most significant being the independent rear suspension and a new 5-speed transaxle which provided better weight distribution. It was a light, agile and fast car and in fact the factory competition version placed 3rd at Le Mans in 1965. Many production versions also had racing history.
The gorgeous Pininfarina-designed coachwork was very reminiscent of the 250 GTO. The press applauded this new Super Car and one well-known reporter summarized his road test by saying, the 275 GTB's....comfort, quality of finish, and the original lines of its bodywork justify its high price, for it is an exceptional motor car, a thoroughbred with luxury devoid of excess and a fiery temperament. It was an era when cars were designed by the eye and refined on the track, which was very appropriate for the 275 GTB which evolved from short nose to long nose configuration bodywork.
This exceptionally fine example is chassis number 06585 GT and is therefore an extremely early car, being the 22nd 275 built according to factory records and it left the factory in December 1964. Originally painted blue with beige leather trim, it had short nose bodywork and was offered for sale in AutoWeek May 1969 by Internal Combustion Engineers of Kensington, MD when the mileage was 20,000kms. It was next recorded for sale in April 1977, again in AutoWeek, by which time it had been converted to long nose bodywork with sunroof, fresh engine (ie. rebuilt) and transaxle, new Borranis, new paint (red) and new leather in original pattern.
The current owner purchased the Ferrari in 1987 and subsequently began a comprehensive restoration to exacting standards. This restoration took 7 years and was finished in 1996 - the result is quite superb. The bodywork has exceptional panel fit and there is absolutely no puff (which is so often found) in the doors. The red paintwork is beautiful, undertaken by Bill Decarr, and to show standard. The engine and mechanical restoration was undertaken by Norbert Hofer of Grand Touring Classics and again was to the highest standard. The engine has velocity stacks fitted, which were on the carburetors when the car was purchased. It also has the Series II drive shaft conversion to eliminate vibration. When the Ferrari was taken down to bare metal, it was found that the long nose body had been expertly attached from the front screen. A new roof was professionally put in, the resultant metalwork flawless, and it has early type drip rails, large rear window and external boot hinges. A new wiring loom was fitted and all new door rubbers, etc. were fitted throughout.
The interior is excellent with original wood grain dash and console. Being an early example, the car has the under-dash heater controls. A further fascinating feature is the original riveted gas tank in the car, similar to those fitted to race cars, but soon discontinued in road production cars. It has polished Borrani wire wheels with triple eared spinners and the original type 205VR14 XWX tires which are virtually impossible to find now.
The Ferrari has traveled approximately 38,000 miles overall and has only had maintenance mileage since the restoration. It has had the same owner for the past 15 years and is now offered with a tool kit (70 original), original correct manual, books and build sheet records as well as restoration records. The standard of presentation is superb and a credit to its owner - we have no doubt that a new owner will enjoy the car thoroughly.