<b>1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4</b><br />Chassis no. 10507<br />Engine no. 1886
Lot 26
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
Design by Pininfarina
Coachwork by Scaglietti
Sold for US$ 2,519,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
From the Collection of T.J. Day
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1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
Design by Pininfarina
Coachwork by Scaglietti

Chassis no. 10507
Engine no. 1886

3,286cc DOHC V-12 Engine
Six Weber Carburetors
300bhp at 8,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Three owners from new
*Full service records
*Assembly sequence: no. 232
*Just over 500 miles on engine rebuild


THE FERRARI 275

To the Ferraristi, those who revere the stable of the prancing horse above all other marques, so admired is the GTB/4 that mere mention of "four-cam Ferrari" invariably evokes outbursts of acclaim for the car's exquisite symmetry of visual and mechanical potency.

To those fortunate enough to have driven a GTB/4, the sensation of being pulled toward a limitless horizon by the V-12's refined muscle will forever be engraved into their memories. Noted automotive journalist David E. Davis once said, "I firmly believe that everyone who is worth anything at all should own a 12-cylinder car before they die." It was likely he had a Ferrari V-12 in mind. Even a young Enzo Ferrari came to appreciate the V-12's alluring combination of power and smoothness. While recalling his first sight of a V-12, in a Packard in 1919, he remarked, "From that moment I married the V-12, and I never divorced it."

More aggressive in appearance, the GTB's long hood, plexiglass-covered headlamps, laid-back cockpit, integrated rear spoiler and side vents were a vivid tribute to the all-conquering GTO race car. Its higher belt- and fender lines and rounded contours gave the 275 a commanding yet aerodynamic presence that conveyed its ability to slice powerfully through the atmosphere.

Beneath the gorgeous body, penned by Batista Farina himself, was a tubular steel frame and mechanicals that reflected thirty years of racecar development. The first road Ferraris to have fully independent suspension, a rear-mounted transaxle for near 50-50 weight distribution, and the use of lightweight cast alloy wheels to reduce unsprung weight, its chassis and gearbox innovations were a direct adaptation of the developments that brought so much success to Enzo Ferrari with his sports/racing cars. The 5-speed rear-mounted transaxle had been utilized on the single-seat F1 and then on the sports/racing cars in the 1950s, and the 7x14-inch cast light alloy wheels recreated the design used on the 156 Formula One car of 1963.

The 275 GTB/4 made its public debut at the 1966 Paris Auto Salon; thereafter, according to Ferrari, only 331 examples were built during the short production run that ceased in March of 1968 (it brought to an end by U.S. emissions standards that effectively eliminated Ferrari's most lucrative market). Model serial numbers range from no. 09007 to no. 11069; all were numbered in the odd chassis number road-car sequence; each chassis was identified with reference no. 596; and the car was offered in both left- and right-hand drive. Most GTB/4s were constructed of steel with aluminum doors, bonnet, and boot lid; a few were built entirely of aluminum. When new, a 275 GTB/4 cost between $16,000 and $17,000.

Its overall shape was almost identical to preceding 275s, including the long nose, designed to reduce front-end lift, which was first introduced to the GTB in 1965, though with a flat bonnet instead of the first GTB's slightly raised profile. Thus the only easily seen visual difference from the 275 GTB (which was produced through 1966) was a slim and shallow central blister to accommodate a larger air filter housing. A second pair of vents, echoing those on the fenders, was cut into the sail panels to evacuate cabin air. European-spec models had different rear light lenses (an orange upper section for the turn signal and central circular reflector) from those bound to the U.S. (full red with a central horizontal rectangular reflector).

Behind the angled windscreen was an interior that emulated other Ferrari-badged grand tourers of the era. Simple but elegant, the cabin's design featured a wraparound dashboard connected with the door panels, which featured aluminum inserts at the bottom. Four gauges fronted both the instrument panel and the center stack area, and the driver faced a classic three-spoke wood-rimmed steering wheel. The conservatively bolstered seats, without headrests, were designed more for grand touring than fighting extreme sideloads. Of course, Ferrari offered buyers options for customization, so the 275 GTB/4's interior could be altered by choice, with colors and trims ranging from basic black to lighter shades or even to red, blue or yellow.

Under the hood, however, was to be found the reason for the /4 in the GTB's nameplate: the first version of the Colombo short-block V-12 to utilize double overhead camshafts. Derived from the 3.3- and 4.0-liter engines of the 275 and 330 P2 prototypes of the 1965 racing season, this new Tipo 226 engine had the same dimensions of the earlier 275's Tipo 213 but incorporated some significant differences: a reduced valve angle for more compact heads; valves directly actuated without the intermediary rocker arms; six twin-choke Weber 40 DCN carburetors (for remarkable mid-range torque and flexibility); and a dry sump oiling system as used on the earlier competition 275 GTB/C, crucial for a high-revving engine in order to reduce windage losses and increase cooling capacity. Oil capacity itself was raised from 11 quarts to 17 quarts. Twin-coil ignition sparked a single spark plug per cylinder.

What did all these refinements deliver? Listen to Dick Irish, an American gentleman racing driver from Kansas City who campaigned a 375 Ferrari in SCCA events against Bill Spear, Carroll Shelby and Jim Kimberly. Dick had finally saved enough money to afford a four-cam and arranged in October 1967 to stay in Maranello to personally oversee production of his 275 GTB/4. He recounted the many interesting experiences in the Ferrari Club magazine Prancing Horse. His final factory thrill was riding with the test drivers: "Would you believe we traversed Modena and the surrounding country side at never under five grand in any gear.

He left the factory with his "new" Ferrari showing 119 miles of road testing. When leaving Italy after 5,000 miles he told his factory friends, "It is all I had hoped for except it is much more civilized than I had imagined." In the first year he drove it 42,000 miles on two continents. As he said, the car is a true Gran Turismo in every way. With a 400-mile range, he went 398 on one tank; long distances can be covered quickly. He did have problems with "loose" undercoating. It was too brittle for three-digit driving on roads sanded to combat ice and snow. In 1970 he drove from Tulsa to Canada and Niagara Falls and back via Detroit and Chicago — with his yellow Labrador wedged behind the seats. By June 1971 the four-cam had 82,462 miles on several sets of tires. Several minor problems had arisen, but a clutch pressure plate at 79,000 miles was about the only major repair. As he contemplated his four-year odyssey, he said, "The voluptuous, almost animalist lines Scaglietti gave the 275 GTB/4 made me realize that Ferraris are the ultimate in Grand Touring."

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Ferrari 275 GTB/4 with chassis 10507 was manufactured in 1967, beginning with a June 20 delivery of the chassis to Carrozzeria Scaglietti in Modena. Assembly of its type 226 engine no. 1886 was completed on October 5 and dyno-tested the following day while awaiting the October 12 delivery of the completed chassis/body.

Late in 1967 the GTB/4, in its original metallic maroon paint, was delivered to William F. Harrah's Modern Classic Cars, the official U.S. West Coast importer, in Reno, Nevada. In 1985, second owner David C. Anderson showed it at the 15th Annual Ferrari Club of America National Meeting in 1977 at Watkins Glen, where the car earned third place in class. In July 1991 Anderson advertised the car for sale indicating it was 250 miles into an engine rebuilt, and in 1992 it was sold to Theodore J. Day of Nevada with 42,000 miles on the odometer.

With a current odometer reading of 42,360 miles at the time of cataloging, which is believed to be original and correct, this magnificent and highly original Ferrari 275 GTB/4 was a noteworthy part of T.J. Day's exemplary collection of classic automobiles and presents very well indeed, its shark-like front fender gills and covered headlights echoing those of Ferrari's competition models. The car shows excellent panel fit and original Rosso Cordoba (106-R-7) exterior color, original full-leather beige seats (VM 3218) and dark brown carpets, and it rolls on the original optional Borrani wire wheels. Stored in a climate-controlled facility, it was very lightly used after an engine rebuild commissioned by the previous owner.

Full purchase and service records and a complete tool set are included with today's sale. These four-cams are eligible for many international driving events such as the Tour de France, the Copperstate 1000, and the factory-sponsored tours. As a factory spokesman said about the 2004 275 Italian tour organized to celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of its most iconic models: "The idea of holding a rally for the Ferrari 275 stemmed from this model's successful past, on both road and track, especially in hill climbs and endurance races. In fact, it represents the essence of Ferrari at that time: a car designed for road use, but built with totally sporting pretensions."

Saleroom notices

  • The engine number on this car was entered as Ferraris internal number of 1886. For clarity, and as illustrated online, the engine number is as per the chassis number, and is 10507 - the original matching numbers engine.
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