Ferrari's Finest Hour
The 1965 GTB Alloy-Bodied Berlinetta

A 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy-bodied Berlinetta, once considered the finest production Ferrari ever built, is set to star in The Bond Street Sale on 30 November at Bonhams New Bond Street. The car has a pre-sale estimate of £1,500,000-2,000,000.

James Knight, Bonhams International Motoring Director, said: 'This is a wonderfully original, long-term preserved, Ferrari 275 'Longnose' Berlinetta, offered from the Maranello Rosso Collection. It is one of the finest examples of its type that we at Bonhams have ever had the privilege to offer.'

From 1964 to 1968, around 800 275 Berlinettas were produced, but just a fraction were the highly-desirable longnose alloy variants.

This example, chassis 08035, has been inspected by renowned Ferrari authority, Marcel Massini, who described the vehicle as ' of the very best cars from the Maranello Rosso Collection. A real gem.'

Finished in a beautiful shade of green known as 'Verde Scuro', it retains many of its original features, and has just 61,212 kilometers recorded on the odometer.

'08035' was sold new on 18 November 1965 by SEFAC Spa to its first owner, Franco Palma, of Via Pergolesi, Rome, Italy. The price paid was 5,250,000 Lire.

Signor Palma kept the Ferrari for a little over 10 years, before selling it, in 1976, to Bellancauto SA of Rome - a company owned by mineral-water magnate, amateur racing driver, and now legendary classic car collector, Fabrizio Violati.

In later years, this magnificent, completely unspoiled, Ferrari 275GTB became one of the star exhibits in the Violatti's Maranello Rosso Collection museum in San Marino.


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