The 1964 introduction of the Ferrari 275 GTB signaled an important evolution for Ferrari, finally adopting fully independent suspension which had been tested, developed and proven in Ferraris sports-racing cars beginning with the Testa Rossa in the early 60s. Bodied by Scaglietti to a Pininfarina design, the 275 GTB echoed the aggressive, purposeful appearance of the 250 Tour de France and GTO with its long bonnet, covered headlights, fastback roofline, Kamm tail and vents in both the front wings and roof sail panel. There was no mistaking a 275 GTB for a posh, comfortable coupé. The engine was Ferraris highly developed single overhead camshaft Colombo-based V12 now with 3.3 litres displacement which had proven its performance and reliability in the 250LM and 275P. With three dual choke Weber carburettors the 275 GTB delivered 280 horsepower, 20 more than the 250 SWB Berlinetta.
Two years later Ferrari made a single substantial change to the 275 GTB, giving it dual camshaft cylinder heads. To take advantage of the twin cam heads higher rpm capabilities it breathed through six dual choke Webers and had dry sump lubrication for high speed durability. Rated horsepower increased only slightly to 300. The big benefits were in increased torque and a wider range of usable power. Other than an increase in track by 24mm the chassis was unchanged. Pininfarinas body, which had been altered during the 275 GTBs production with a longer nose, also remained essentially unchanged except for a small bonnet bulge to clear the carburettors. Although it was in production for barely more than a year the 275 GTB/4 has endeared itself to astute drivers who appreciate its unique attributes and classic styling.
The 275 GTB/4 offered here was originally delivered via Baron Toulo de Graffenrieds company Italauto in Lausanne in May 1967, finished in Argento Auteil (silver) with black leather interior and featuring rare electric windows. Its first owner was a Mr Paul Blancpain of Geneva, who returned the car to the factory for overhaul later that year. The Maranello service department looked after chassis 10011 three more times during the following year, 22,300km being recorded by the time of its last visit.
Mr Blancpain then sold the car to a Mr Clement Mayoraz of Lausanne who re-registered it VD 109141 before it was acquired by Michel Lepeltier in 1972, entering his growing Ferrari collection.
Over thirty years later this handsome berlinetta is still finished in its original livery and the odometer reads just 74,949km. Bonhams is proud to have set new benchmarks for 275 GTB/4 prices in our last Gstaad and Monaco sales, and we recommend this unrestored example to any enthusiast or collector who has not yet experienced or owned what many Ferraristi consider to be the marques ultimate road car.