1965 Ferrari 275GTB/6C Berlinetta  Chassis no. 7397
Lot 254
1965 Ferrari 275GTB/6C Berlinetta
Chassis no. 7397
Sold for € 426,300 (US$ 491,694) inc. premium

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1965 Ferrari 275GTB/6C Berlinetta  Chassis no. 7397 1965 Ferrari 275GTB/6C Berlinetta  Chassis no. 7397
1965 Ferrari 275GTB/6C Berlinetta
Chassis no. 7397


  • Successor to the 250 Series and first seen in 1964, the Ferrari 275 embodied a number of technical innovations. While the chassis of the 275GTB coupe and 275GTS convertible followed Ferrari’s established practice, being a multi-tubular frame tied together by oval main tubes, for the first time on a road-going Ferrari there was independent rear suspension, the latter employing a double wishbone and coil-spring arrangement similar to that of the 250LM sports-racer. Also new was the rear-mounted five-speed transaxle combining the gearbox and differential - the former now of the all-synchromesh type. Now enlarged to 3.3 litres, the Colombo-designed 60-degree V12 engine produced 280bhp at 7,600rpm. A higher - 300bhp - state of tune employing six Weber carburettors was available, and this was used for the handful of aluminium-alloy bodied 275GTB/C (Competizione) models built, though customers purchasing a 275GTB for road use could also specify aluminium coachwork and/or the six-carburettor engine
    Designed by Pininfarina and manufactured by Scaglietti, the 275GTB body is true classic of sportscar design. Yet despite the 275GTB’s exquisite appearance, stylistic revisions were not long in coming: a longer nose, enlarged rear window and external boot hinges being introduced towards the end of 1965. The prototype Series 2 ‘long nose’ was built on chassis number 7707GT and the last ‘short nose’ on ‘07827GT’. Approximately 250 of the latter were built.

    This rare, right-hand drive 275GTB was ordered new by Colonel Ronnie Hoare’s Maranello Concessionaires Ltd in England (MC order no. 172). A steel-bodied, short nose model, it was originally ordered in white livery with black leather upholstery and grey carpets and headlining. The exterior colour was changed to Celeste Blue prior to delivery. ‘07397’ was used by Maranello Concessionaires as a demonstration car and in June 1965 was sold by them to first private owner B Spooner in England. First registered ‘DYX 3C’ in the UK on 6th June 1965, it was later sold to Jack Maurice in England, who had it re-registered ‘JM 265’. The vehicle was then sold to Michael Salmon and next to John Bekaert, both in England. In 1969 ‘07397’ was sold to Tony Michaels’ Camden Motors in London and re-registered ‘LUM 1’; a BRDC sticker was added to the rear. Camden Motors offered the car for sale at an asking price of £2,999 and loaned it Motor magazine for the article ‘Flat out and legal - in first’ driven by Roger Bell and photographed by Paul Skilleter. The magazine pointed out that despite the registration number, the car had never been owned by Peter Lumsden. Pictures in the article show three carburettors, alloy wheels, small leather steering wheel (by Les Leston), roof aerial, driving lights and front number plate stuck to the nose.
    In 1972 the car was sold to one M F Jackson in England, who had it re-registered on British license plates ‘CNM 456C’, and four years later was imported into Illinois, USA by Robert Stanley. Subsequently sold to Stefan Durelli in Italy, it was driven by him in the Ferrari Days at Modena and Maranello in September 1983, using race number ‘111’. At some time during Durelli’s ownership the car was converted from three to six carburettors and thereafter was sold by him to Bernard Comte in France. It is reputed subsequently to have been owned by F1 World Champion Alan Jones.

    In 2003, 7397 was test driven by Gregory Noblet in France and in September that same year was advertised for sale in the French magazine Automobile Historique (issue 29). By this time repainted in red with black interior, the car was offered for sale in, Fontainebleau, France and sold to the current owner on 14th December 2003. While in the vendor’s possession the car has been treated to a total restoration of bodywork, interior, engine and gearbox, the engine being rebuilt by the esteemed SARL Garage Supersport in Paley, near Paris and the interior re-upholstered in black leather by Poulet, in Auxerre. Completed in 2005 and registered on French license plates ‘3391 WP 31’, the car is presented in mint condition throughout and offered with a substantial history file including restoration invoices, original sales invoice and certificate of origin, French Carte Grise and Contrôle Technique.

    Cette rare 275 GTB à conduite à droite fut commandée neuve par Maranello Concessionaires Ltd firme du colonel Ronnie Hoare en Angleterre (commande MC n° 172). Modèle à caisse acier à avant court, elle fut à l'origine commandée en blanc avec intérieur en cuir noir et moquettes et ciel de toit gris. La teinte extérieure fut changée en Celeste Blue avant la livraison. 7397 fut utilisée par Maranello Concessionaires comme voiture de démonstration et, en juin 1965, vendue à son premier propriétaire privé, B. Spooner, en Angleterre. Immatriculée pour la première fois DYX 3C au Royaume-Uni le 6 juin 1965, elle fut par la suite vendue à Jack Maurice en Angleterre et ré-immatriculée JM 265. Elle fut vendue à Michael Salmon, puis à John Bekaert, tous deux résidant en Angleterre. En 1969, 7397 fut vendue à Camden Motors de Tony Michael à Londres et ré-immatriculée LUM 1. Un autocollant du BRDC fut apposé à l'arrière. Camden Motors mit la voiture en vente au prix annoncé de 2 999 livres et la prêta au magazine Motor pour un article intitulé “À fond et légalement - en première” pilotée par Roger Bell avec des photos de Paul Skilleter. Le magazine fit remarquer qu'en dépit de son numéro d'immatricualtion, elle n'avait jamais été la propriété de Peter Lumsden. Les photos de l'article montrent trois carburateurs, des roues en alliage, un petit volant gainé de cuir (par Les Leston), une antenne de toit, deux longues portées et une plaque d'immatriculation avant collée sur le nez.

    En 1972, la voiture fut vendue à un certain M. F. Jackson en Angleterre qui la fit ré-immatriculée en plaques britanniques CNM 456C. Quatre ans plus tard, elle fut importée dans l'Illinois, USA, par Robert Stanley. Vendue par la suite à Stefan Durelli en Italie, elle fut pilotée par ce dernier aux Ferrari Days à Modène et Maranello en septembre 1983 sous le numéro de course 111. À un certain moment, en la possesion de Durelli, la voiture fut ré équipée de six carburateurs au lieu de trois, puis vendue à Bernard Comte en France. Elle est réputée avoir été la propriété du Champion du Monde de F1 Alan Jones.

    En 2003, 7397 fut essayée par Gregory Noblet en France et en septembre de la même année, apparue en annonce à la vente dans le magazine Automobile Historique (n° 29). Repeinte en rouge à l'époque avec intérieur noir, la voiture fut mise en vente à Fontainebleau et acquise par son actuel propriétaire le 14 décembre 2003. La voiture fut alors soumise à une restauration totale de la carrosserie, de l'intérieur, du moteur et de la boîte, le moteur étant confié au réputé SARL Garage Supersport à Paley, près de Paris, l'intérieur étant superbement regarni en cuir noir par Poulet à Auxerre. Achevée en 2005 et immatriculée en France 3391 WP 31, la voiture se présente dans un état exceptionnel à tous points de vue accompagnée d'un copieux dossier historique comprenant des factures de restauration, la facture de vente le certificat d'origine, la carte grise française, le contrôle technique et une expertise complète d’une cinquantaine de page.
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