1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143
Lot 160
Exceptionally well-restored example
Matching numbers and Ferrari Classiche Certified

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose
Coachwork by Scaglietti - Design by Pininfarina
US$ 3,300,000 - 3,600,000
€ 2,900,000 - 3,200,000

Lot Details
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose  Chassis no. 08143 Engine no. 08143
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose
Coachwork by Scaglietti – Design by Pininfarina

Chassis no. 08143
Engine no. 08143

3,286cc SOHC V12 Engine
3 Weber Carburetors
280bhp at 7,600rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes


*Rare, alloy-bodied 275 GTB Long-Nose
*Ferrari Classiche Certified, matching numbers example
*Exceptionally presented in its factory-delivered livery
*Well-documented history and provenance
*Offered with books, tools and Ferrari Classiche Red Book



THE FERRARI 275 GTB

A perhaps apocryphal story ascribes Enzo Ferrari's motivation in replacing the 250 GT Lusso with the 275 GTB to his belief that the Lusso was too beautiful to convey properly the image of Ferrari.

Like many Ferrari stories, it may be less than fully accurate, but contributes to the myth that surrounds the marque. Its logic, however, is supported by the judgment of history: the aggressive 275 GTB is today more coveted by collectors than the Lusso, even though the Lusso's design has endured the test of time to be generally agreed as among the most pure and beautiful products of the collaboration between Ferrari and Pininfarina.

The 275 GTB has other distinctive attributes, not least its place as the first fully independent suspension transaxle-equipped Ferrari road car, and for the power and tractability of its 3.3-liter 60° V12 engine developed from the 1½ liter Colombo "short block" originally designed in 1947. The engine was mounted low and further back, taking advantage of some of the space created by moving the transmission to a unit with the differential.

Performance, handling and technical advancements aside, it is the coachwork penned by Pininfarina and executed with individuality and attention to detail by Scaglietti that creates the 275 GTB's image: aggressive, svelte and taut with power and potential.

In common with the best designs, the 275 GTB integrates form with function. There is nothing pretentious. Every feature has a functional purpose, from the covered headlights to the Kamm tail and small aerodynamic spoiler.

The long hood that so eloquently defines the 275 GTB's performance intention is the direct result of the engine setback. Large tires dictate the tall, bulging fenders. The sloped windscreen and fastback roof are only as tall as driver's headroom and visibility requires. Each vent and curve has a purpose finely calculated to only one end: creating the finest, fastest road-going berlinetta in the world.

As Ferrari quarreled with the FIA in the mid-1960s over the marque's grudging change from front- to mid-engine placement in its sports-racing cars, the 275 GTB carried on as the mainstay of the marque. Ferrari knew this highly evolved berlinetta, with its improved rear suspension and the balance permitted by its rear-mounted transaxle, would, like all good Ferraris of the time, be driven from showroom floor to race tracks around the world.

Each 275 GTB is, essentially, unique. Still small enough to cater to individual client's desires and essentially self-contained, Ferrari could offer an almost infinite variety of performance features and appointments. Coachbuilder Scaglietti still employed artisans who constructed each body by hand, imparting the individuality of bespoke construction to every car.

And within Ferrari, improvements were regularly incorporated as the 275 GTB evolved given experiences and suggested refinements. On the aesthetic front, the biggest change was made about a year into the production run in 1965 with the re-design of the nose. It was found that the early cars had a tendency to create front-end lift at high speeds, so the nose was slightly lengthened and made slimmer, a look even more evocative of the 250 GTO. 275 GTBs have since been categorized as short or long-nose cars.

On the technical front, a breakthrough production change was made in early 1966 with the elimination of the traditional open driveshaft in favor of a far more modern torque-tube, solving drive-line vibration issues once and for all.

The later cars, incorporating these significant production refinements, remain the most desirable ones, especially when used as intended; out on the open road on a classic car rally or simply a blast through the countryside.

If there is one Ferrari to own within the span of the marque's first quarter-century it is the 275 GTB. Blistering performance, quick, responsive handling, ideal weight distribution and the aggressive Pininfarina designed Scaglietti coachwork, with elements of the legendary 250 GTO, make it a milestone.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This beautifully restored 275 GTB is one of as few as 60 examples of the celebrated two-cam model clothed in lightweight alloy coachwork. Also boasting factory certification with a Ferrari Classiche Red Book, chassis no. 08143 retains its original matching numbers drivetrain, making it a highly authentic and well-documented example.

The car's frame was sent to Carrozzerria Scaglietti in Modena for coachwork in October 1965 and received the lightweight aluminum alloy version of the revered Pininfarina design, making it far rarer than the standard steel-bodied cars. In December, the triple-carbureted Type 213 engine was completed and a month later the 275 underwent final assembly, finished with a shining coat of Argento (silver) paint over a Nero (black) leather interior.

Though originally slated for delivery to Bagani in Milan, the GTB was re-allocated by the factory to the dealership Motor S.a.S. in Rome. In a sign of the car's enduring originality, the original S.a.S. Roma dealership sticker remains affixed to the rear glass pane to this day. In February 1966, the 275 was purchased by its first owner, M.S.I. S.r.L. of Rome, and within a few years the car was exported to the United States.

By 1970, the Ferrari was owned by Louis Woods, Jr. of Memphis, Tennessee, who sold the car in 1975 to Gary Kaiser of Cassberry, Florida. At this point the GTB began to enjoy a lengthy period of intermittent care by the well-known experts at F.A.F. Motorcars in Tucker, Georgia, particularly during an eight-year period of ownership by FCA member Sam Jarvis of Leesburg, Florida. In 1986 the fine GTB was purchased by Michael Arlin of Concord, North Carolina, and he went on to retain possession of the rare alloy-bodied car for over twenty years, ensuring a desirable consistency of care.

Starting in 2007, the GTB began to enjoy attention from esteemed Ferrari expert John Hajduk and his Noblesville, Indiana-based Motor Kraft, and they continued to look after the car's needs for the next few years. After the 275 was acquired by enthusiast Rocky Santiago of Oklahoma in 2008, Hajduk refurbished the original V-12 motor in October 2011, and around this time the chassis was refinished by Chris Campbell of Vintage Connection in Oklahoma City. The interior was also properly reupholstered in black leather and carpeting. These combined efforts led to a class award at the Concours d'Elegance of Texas in April 2012.

The alloy 275 was later sold by the esteemed Autosport Designs of Huntington Station, New York, and they performed a factory-correct cosmetic restoration in the original paint color of Argento, replaced all chrome and seals, and mechanically serviced the car. In late 2013, chassis no. 08143 was authenticated by the factory by receiving desirable Ferrari Classiche Red Book certification, confirming that the car retains its matching numbers mechanical equipment, including the original alloy bodywork, motor and gearbox. Currently fitted with properly restored Borrani wire wheels mounted with new Michelin XWX tires, the Ferrari is also accompanied by its original alloy wheels for utmost authenticity.

This properly restored and factory-documented alloy bodied GTB is offered with original tools and manuals, and is a faithful and pure example of one of the most esteemed iterations of the 275 platform. It has been very well maintained over the years, and may be confidently presented on Concours fields, sure to prompt serious consideration for class awards. The Classiche Red Book certification and attention by some of the niche's best-regarded names have resulted in a superlative example that should appeal to any vintage Ferrari enthusiast. Furthermore, the rare lightweight alloy coachwork distinguishes this 275 GTB as one of a very special few that were quietly endowed with competition potential, bestowing the beautiful street machine with particularly capable performance.

Footnotes

  • Please note that this vehicle is titled as a 1967.
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