1967 FERRARI 275 GTB/4
COACHWORK BY PININFARINA
Chassis No. 10035
Engine No. 10035
Rosso Corsa with black leather interior
Engine: V-12, double overhead camshafts, dry sump lubrication, 6 Weber 40 DCN9 17 carburetors, 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 provided ample aspiration and the resulting power available afforded remarkable mid-range torque and flexibility. The engine, propellor shaft assembly and rear mounted gearbox/final drive were combined in a rigid sub-assembly which was mounted into the body shell at four points.
Just 330 GTB/4s were built between 1966 and 1968. This steel bodied example is chassis number 10035 which has been owned by the vendor for the past ten years. At the time of writing, its early history remains unknown, but the Ferrari did appear in Ferrari Market Letter in 1989 where it was described as being 'red with black interior, full history, 12,800 miles'.
Close inspection today reveals the car to be in extremely well presented condition. The panelwork is straight and unblemished with excellent shut lines, while the paintwork is unmarked. The Ferrari has been repainted and this has mellowed gently with time. The interior is very comfortable and equally well presented, with black trim and headlining and wind-up windows. The car shows 17,000 or so kilometers, but the real mileage is likely to be 117,000, still modest for a 1967 car. The car is fitted with optional polished Borrani wire wheels.
The car has also been well looked after mechanically; the engine bay is clean, dry and well presented and the motor holds good oil pressure. The suspension has recently been overhauled with powder-coated A-arms, new bushes and rebuilt Koni shock absorbers. At the same time, new brake lines were fitted and the brake calipers were rebuilt. The clutch has been rebuilt and the radiator has been professionally flushed through. The Ferrari also has a standard exhaust system.
These fabulous sixties sports cars are highly desirable, being both excellent long distance GTs and high performance machines.