1966 FERRARI 275 GTB/6C ALUMINIUM BODY
Registration No. KAO 572D
Chassis No. 08221
Engine No. 08221
Red with black leather interior
Engine: V12, single overhead camshaft per bank, factory fitted six Weber carburettors, 3,286cc., 300bhp at 7,600rpm; Gearbox: five-speed manual; 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 five-speed transaxle that provided better weight distribution. It was a light, agile, fast car and in fact the factory competition version placed 3rd at Le Mans in 1965 and 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 that evolved from short nose to long nose configuration bodywork. The first cars were built with the short nose body that was prone to lifting at high speed, so at the 1965 Paris Salon a revised long nose model was revealed. There were a few other cosmetic changes such as a larger rear window and outside boot hinges and a year later the four camshaft model was announced.
Paperwork accompanying this wonderful car confirms that this 275 GTB/6C, chassis number 08221 was delivered new by Colonel R.L. Hoare at Maranello in Egham to its first owner Mr Bradnack. Ordered with the 6 carburettor engine and aluminium body this right hand drive 275 is one of only 6 cars built to such specification. Additionally cast alloy wheels were ordered. Amongst the various early correspondence on file is a letter from Col. Hoare stating that this car was to benefit from 'new' features such as an extended bonnet (longnose) and increased luggage space. The original invoice also indicates that 'Bertie' Bradnack part-exchanged his 250GT 2+2 in order to purchase this car.
The car changed hands a couple of times before it was purchased my a Mr Pesenti in 1985 and during his ownership he commissioned substantial restoration work to be undertaken and invoices from marque specialists DK Engineering and Moto-Technique attest this. Mr Pesenti then sold the car in 1988 and it joined the collection in 1990. In 1993 a report was carried out on the car that indicated previous accident-induced chassis damage, therefore in 1995 it was sent to Maranello in Egham. At Maranello, their skilled technicians undertook specialist repairs to the rear of the car and to ensure 100 accuracy the car was put onto a jig (full details and invoices for the work can be viewed upon request).
As the photographs depict; current condition is superb. The paintwork is excellent in general and the only cause for complaint are minor imperfections on the upper areas of both 'B' pillars. The engine bay is an absolute delight, not only does the glorious V12 hum with an immense sense of purpose but it is meticulously detailed to show standard. The interior has also been treated to a total refurbishment and light marks on the entry side of the driver's seat was the only observation.
Reading a mere 41,433 miles on the odometer, this 275 GTB/6C is a stunning vehicle which offers concours potential or as an entry to a growing number of retrospective tour events.