<b>1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose</b><br /> Chassis no. 07927<br /> Engine no. 07927
Lot 16
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose
Design by Pininfarina
Coachwork by Scaglietti
Sold for US$ 3,080,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
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1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy Long-Nose
Design by Pininfarina
Coachwork by Scaglietti

Chassis no. 07927
Engine no. 07927

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 factory test far allotted to compete in the Monte Carlo Rally
*Retains matching numbers engine
*Desirable alloy bodied, long-nose example
*Well-documented history and provenance
*Offered with books, tools and Ferrari Classiche Red Book once issued by Ferrari


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. The most desirable 275 GTBs today are the few that received lightweight, aluminum coachwork. 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.

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 - chassis no. 07927 - is one of as few as 60 examples of the celebrated two-cam model clothed in lightweight alloy coachwork. Stunning indeed, this 275 GTB drove out of the Carrozzeria Scaglietti atelier in Modena in late 1965, with the alloy coachwork dressed in Celeste blue paint over blue upholstery, it went straight back to the Ferrari factory.

According to noted Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, this alloy bodied 275 was used as a 'Prova' or test car for several months before being sold to the first customer. In the 11th edition of the 1991 Ferrari World magazine, rally driver Giorgio Pianta, describes his experience with two factory test 275 GTBs being prepared for the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally. One of the cars was 06003, and the other car is believed to have been 07927. Mr. Pianta describes in the article: 'The testing period, though long (12,000 km), was nonetheless the most exciting, because we had two vehicles; one yellow which eventually became the race car, and the other metallic blue, made of aluminum, which we unfortunately ruined because the studs which came out of the tyres at high speed perforated the mudguards'. So, what Ferrari did, they took the engine out of 07927 and stuck it in 06003 for the race. Presumably, 07927 had a stronger engine. For scrutineering purposes, '06003' was over stamped on the engine pad, while the internal number was left alone. After the Monte Carlo Rally, 07927 was re-fitted with its original engine, and was in May 1966, 07927 sold new to the Ferrari dealer, Romeo Pedina of Perugia, Italy.

Documentation suggests that in 1970 the car went to the States and N. Randall Thomas of Orlando, Florida purchased it three years later. Thomas exhibited his beloved 275 GTB at several events, including the 2nd Annual Ferrari Club of America Regional Meeting and Concours in Gainesville, Florida, in 1975. At some point the car underwent a color change to the traditional, but less eye-catching, Ferrari Red with black interior. Eventually, the 07927 was acquired by Tom Lafortune - a Ferrari aficionado and resident of Long Beach, California, who kept the car for 14 years, during which all systems were expertly maintained or rebuilt.

Lafortune sold the Ferrari in 1992 to David Amar, son of Daniel Amar, who kept it at his residence in Geneva, Switzerland. Amar drove the Ferrari with dedication and verve and in November, 1999, shipped it to Modena, Italy, where at 38,000kms the engine was overhauled by Giuseppe Garuti, and the coachwork redone by Bachelli & Villa (Carrozzeria Auto Sport) in Bastiglia, at a total cost of 51,750,000 Lire.

Following further improvements to the tune of $7,000, at DK Engineering commissioned by Brian Classic & Co. of Manchester, England, the car was bought in 2005 by Edward Nigro, a collector who spent time between his homes in Oregon and Carmel, California. In the following years Nigro exhibited his superb red and black 275 GTB at both the Concorso Italiano and Concours on the Avenue in Carmel, California, adding 2nd in Class to the car's numerous accolades.

In 2011, Nigro felt the car warranted a wardrobe change and commissioned an open-wallet cosmetic restoration. It was delivered to Ferrari specialist John Bagioli's Forza Motors of Monterey, and emerged two years later resplendent in its original Celeste on blue color scheme. Fresh out of Forza, Nigro presented the Ferrari at the XXIII Palm Beach Cavallino Classic in Palm Beach, Florida, in 2014 - the car's first sortie in its magnificent factory correct garb. Flush with success, Nigro sold the 275 GTB to the current owner - a highly respected Ferrari expert and collector, who immediately entered the car into the 51st Annual Ferrari Club of America National Meeting and Concours d'Elegance at Leesburg, Virginia, and was rewarded with the Trofeo Gran Tourismo Award for the Most Outstanding Pre-1975 Ferrari Regularly Driven.

Most recently, this splendid Ferrari revisited the Forza shop in Monterey for a complete engine overhaul. The engine was then shipped back to Maranello, Italy, where Ferrari Classiche correctly re-traced or stamped the original factory engine with number 07927, noting that the internal engine number, 810/64 was always correct and unchanged. 07927 was inducted in the full Ferrari Classiche program at the same time, and the Red Book Certification book will be available for the new owner once it has been issued by Ferrari.

Now sporting factory correct blue paint and interior over the factory original engine stamped with correct identification numbers, this stunning alloy bodied 275 GTB will impress both mechanically and cosmetically, and is accompanied by an exhaustive chronology of ownership, concours appearances and awards. As a former test car, it is recognized by marque specialists as a unique example of the celebrated model, and represents an extraordinary opportunity to own a superlative car from a superb era of Ferrari.

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  • Please note, this car is titled under model year 1966 by VIN. FER792766, and the title is in transit.
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