Perhaps no car better epitomises classic Ferrari design than the 275 GTB. Penetrative nose, long bonnet, low cabin and a short, neat tail are the ingredients which make for a masterpiece of sports car design. The 275 GTB drew inspiration from the preceding 250 GTO and, despite its timeless appearance, introduced a number of important milestones for Ferrari including independent rear suspension, transaxle mounted gearbox and five ratios for the latter.
Following its launch at the Paris Motor Show in October 1964, subtle improvements to the original recipe were not long in coming. Towards the end of 1965 the nose was lengthened to improve high speed stability, coinciding with the enlargement of the rear window for greater visibility and resituating of the boot hinges to the outside in order to give a little more luggage space. Soon afterwards the open driveshaft was replaced by a solid torque tube for ease of maintenance.
Options available to those lucky enough to afford a new 275 GTB included lighter aluminium coachwork and a six carburettor set-up. The buyer could also specify either handsome new cast alloy wheels or classic Borrani wires.
From a major Swiss collection, the 275 GTB on offer today has an interesting specification and an interesting history.
According to our research with the Ferrari factory archives, chassis no. 7927 was one of two Ferrari 275 GTBs retained by the factory for their Experimental Department, the other car being chassis no. 6003, which famously competed in the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally and which this car replaced. First registered on 3rd January 1966, chassis 7927 received aluminium long nose coachwork and was originally finished in Celeste (light blue) with blue leather upholstery.
Both experimental cars (6003 and 7927) were sold at the same time by the works in May 1966, and intriguingly the car on offer today has its engine stamped 6003, although the internal number corresponds to engine 7927. The factory records are incomplete but the archivist is confident that these two works engines were swapped or restamped by the factory. As a matter of note, 6003 originally had a 6 carburettor engine and 7927 a three carburettor engine.
After its sale by the factory chassis 7927 found a new owner via concessionaire Pedini in Perugia, Italy, being exported to America in 1970. By 1973 it was owned by a Mr. Randall Thomas of Orlando, Florida, who showed it at the Ferrari Club of America Concours in 1975. In December 1977 Thomas sold the car for $ 22,500 via the Ferrari Market Letter to Tom LeFortune, and 7927 was next offered for sale in FML some 15 years later after restoration, asking $ 225,000. It eventually found its way to Switzerland and into the current owners collection. In 1999 it was sent back to Modena where the engine was rebuilt, Bacchelli and Villa (Autosport) restoring the coachwork, which is now finished in classic red with black leather upholstery and cloth seat centres. The odometer reads 38,515 kms, electric windows are fitted and Borrani wire wheels set off the overall appearance. When inspected the car started immediately and ran smoothly on all 12 cylinders, without visible smoke.
Swiss registered (although it may be imported into the EU via Great Britain at the preferential rate of 5%), this is a well specified and well maintained aluminium-bodied Ferrari berlinetta with a very interesting works history.
Après sa vente par lusine, la voiture de developpement châssis 7927 trouva un nouveau propriétaire via le concessionnaire Pedini, à Perugia, en Italie, aboutissant finalement en Suisse. En 1999, elle fut renvoyée à Modène où le moteur fut revisé. Bacchelli et Villa (Autosport) ont rénové la carrosserie qui est maintenant de couleur rouge classique avec des garnitures en cuir noir et des parties médianes de siège en tissu. Le compteur affiche 38,515 km, les vitres électriques fonctionnent parfaitement et les roues à rayons Borrani rehaussent son apparence générale. Lors de linspection, la voiture démarra immédiatement et tourna sans à-coups sur ses 12 cylindres, sans fumée visible.
Immatriculée en Suisse (bien quelle puisse être importée dans lUnion Européenne via la Grande-Bretagne au taux préférentiel de 5%), cest une Ferrari berlinette à carrosserie en aluminium, très spécifique et bien entretenue, avec un historique ex-usine intéressant.