One of only 30 examples, with its Ferrari certification
1966 Ferrari 275GTB/2 6C Berlinetta long nose
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Chassis no. 08557
Engine no. 08557
'The 275 GTB is
a superlatively vigorous, very agile and quick automobile. Its comfort, the quality of its finish, the original lines of its bodywork all justify its exceptionally high price, for it is an exceptional automobile. It is a thoroughbred, with luxury devoid of excess, and a fiery temperament
Jose Roskinski, Sport Auto, July 1965.
When Ferraris highly successful 250 series was superseded in 1964 by the 275, Pininfarina was once again called upon to work his magic for the Maranello concern, creating a true classic of sports car design for the 275GTB. Penetrative nose, long bonnet, purposeful side vents, high waistline and short be-spoilered tail: these were all ingredients of the recipe, yet the result was so much more than merely the sum of its parts. The tail spoiler and cast-alloy wheels echoed developments first seen on Ferrari competition cars, while beneath the skin there was further evidence of racing improving the breed, the independent rear suspension - seen for the first time on a road-going Ferrari - employing a double wishbone and coil-spring arrangement similar to that of the 250LM racer. The adoption of a rear-mounted five-speed transaxle combining the gearbox and differential in a single unit helped improve weight distribution, and this feature would characterise future generations of front-engined Ferrari road cars.
Now enlarged to 3.3 litres, the 60-degree V12 engine remained the familiar Colombo type, in standard form producing 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
Despite its near-perfect appearance, revisions to the original 275GTB were not long in coming: a longer nose, enlarged rear window and external boot hinges being introduced towards the end of 1965. Mechanically the only major change was the adoption of torque tube enclosure for the prop shaft. The models ultimate incarnation - the 275GTB/4 - appeared in October 1966, the /4 suffix denoting the presence of four, rather than the originals two, overhead camshafts. Sadly, by 1968 the progress of automobile emissions legislation had effectively outlawed the 275GTB and its like from Ferraris most lucrative export market, the United States, and the model was phased out later that same year.
Offered fresh from a total frame off restoration, this Ferrari 275GTB/6C chassis number 08557 is a long nose, steel-bodied example with torque tube transmission, and was delivered new from the factory in the ultra-desirable, six-carburettor 6C specification. The car spent nearly all of its life in Switzerland, in the hands of only one owner there between 1972 and 2004, before being sold. It then resided briefly in the UK before being bought by the current owner and restored. Completed in 2006, the rebuild was entrusted to some of the finest marque specialists in Italy: Tony Franco, of Maranello, being responsible for the mechanical overhaul, Carrozzeria Brandoli the bodywork, Bacchelli & Villa the paintwork and Fratelli Luppi the interior. Repainted in Rosso Rubino livery with beige leather interior, 08557 represents a rare opportunity to acquire an example of what many consider to be the finest road-going Gran Turismo ever produced by Ferrari, presented in effectively as new condition. It is offered with a photographic record of the restoration; Ferrari Certificate of Authenticity (number 289F) issued to the current owner in November 2006; and UK Swansea V5 registration document for the number MCH 951D. More competitive than a GTB/4 and eligible to many events, this car is THE one to own.