1967 FERRARI 275 GTB/4
COACHWORK BY PININFARINA
Chassis No. 10163
Red with black leather interior
Engine: V-12, 3,286cc, 300bhp at 8,000rpm; Gearbox: five-speed manual; Suspension: double wishbones with coil springs front and rear; Brakes: four wheel disc. Left hand drive.
The 275 GTB/4 was unveiled at the Paris Salon in October 1966 and was the first production Ferrari to boast the use of the quadruple camshaft V-12 power unit. The earlier 275 GTB, introduced at the Paris Salon two years prior, had also broken new ground as Ferrari's first all independently suspensioned production car.
At Maranello the development personnel had referred to the four-cam engine as Tipo 226 during its pre-production days. Its breeding was impeccable and could be directly traced back to the full-blooded unlimited capacity racing engines of the 1950s. The Ferrari V-12 four-cam engines in 3.3 and 4 litre form had embodied the very spirit of endurance racing, their throaty roars had thrilled the multitudes at Le Mans, Nürburgring, and across the globe. They powered such machines as the 335s and the rear engined 275s.
The redesigned cylinder heads of the 275 GTB/4 supported twin overhead camshafts directly operating on the valves. A dry sump system, as previously used in the competition cars, was introduced in order to improve lubrication at prolonged high revs. Sump capacity was increased from 10 litres to over 16 litres. The impressive set of six twin choke Webers provide ample aspiration and the resulting power available affords remarkable mid-range torque and flexibility. The engine, propellor shaft assembly and rear mounted gearbox/final drive are combined in a rigid sub-assembly which is mounted into the body shell at four points.
The spectacular Pininfarina-designed coachwork was very reminiscent of the 250 GTO. One well known reporter summarized his road test by saying, ...the 275 GTB is superlatively vigorous, very agile and very fast, its comfort, quality of finish and original lines of the bodywork justify its high price, for it is an exceptional motor car, a thoroughbred with luxury devoid of excess and a fiery temperament. The GTB/4 is easily identified externally from the GTB/2; the hood of the GTB/4 has a raised moulding down the centre section, the GTB/2 is flat. Well-known French Ferrari historian Antoine Prunet quotes the comments after a road test of a 275 GTB/4 carried out by racing driver Jean-Pierre Beltoise, published in L'Auto Journal of January 1967, I covered, in complete safety and the greatest comfort, without having to once use the brakes hard and while carrying on a normal conversation with my passenger, the 46 miles which separate Pont d'Orleans from Nemours in a little less than 23 minutes, that is to say, at an average of more than 121mph. Which is remarkable enough without noting that I had to stop for the toll gates.
The introduction of the United States Federal Regulations Governing Emissions and other specification requirements foreshortened the production life of this model - the last car left the factory in the spring of 1968, one of only approximately 280 built.
This example has been in the collection since 1996 having been purchased at auction by Mr. Millett. Research indicates that it was originally a low mileage example that came from Italy, and at some point had had its engine removed and a stock 330 GT motor fitted. However, this was not acceptable to the owner at the time, Mr. Stan Zagorski, and he subsequently ordered a new, unused block from the factory and commissioned respected engineer Mr. Bob Wallace to totally rebuild the engine to its current configuration. Accompanying the car are numerous invoices amounting to about $50,000 for mechanical work alone undertaken by Bob Wallace Cars, Inc. of Phoenix, AZ. The number stamped in the block is 213 100148. The car certainly appears to be nicely restored with well presented paintwork and a good, clean interior. It currently has Borrani wire wheels fitted and is sold with a spare set of solid alloys. It is very clean underneath and overall could well be a concours contender after some minor attention in places.
These Ferraris are extremely desirable sports cars.