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*Please note that this vehicle is titled 1966, with the chassis as 275GTBU6887.
Adolfo Cases, Milan, Italy (acquired new via M. Gastone Crepaldi S.a.s. in 1965)Mr. Beccucci, Italy (acquired via Metar S.r.l. in 1966)A.M.B. Stivan, Laval, Quebec, Canada (acquired in 1967)Luigi Chinetti Motors, Greenwich, Connecticut (acquired from the above in 1969)Richard Hupperich, New Orleans, Louisiana (acquired after 1969)Dr. Ronald W. Busuttil, Los Angeles, California (acquired circa 1974)James P. Darling, Seal Beach, California (acquired circa 1976)Current Owner (acquired in 1978)
Concorso Italiano, California, 2011Concorso Italiano, California, 2013Cavallino Classic XXIII, Palm Beach, Florida, 2014The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, California, 2014
Introduced at the October 1964 Paris salon, Ferrari’s 275 GTB Berlinetta and open 275 GTS Spider launched a new era for the company’s road cars with race-derived, fully independent suspension, and a rear-mounted transaxle providing ideal weight distribution for superior handling. Powered by Ferrari’s 3.3-liter tipo 213 SOHC V-12 engine, the new 275 models were initially equipped with three Weber twin-choke carburetors and developed 280 hp in road-going specification. Performance was electrifying in all disciplines, confirmed by a succession of road-test reports. Sleek and seductive coachwork for the 275 GTB was designed by Pininfarina and crafted by Scaglietti, luxuriously trimmed and evoking the purposeful aggression of the 250 GT Tour de France and 250 GTO. Over the first production year, about 250 “short nose” 275 GTBs were built, the majority with steel bodies plus a handful in alloy.
Numbered 06887, this 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB was the 81st example produced, according to an accompanying report by marque historian Marcel Massini, who also compiled the provenance. A factory-original short nose with left-hand drive, 06887 was factory finished in blue over beige leather. It was delivered to Milanese Ferrari dealer M. Gastone Crepaldi S.a.s. and sold new there to Metar S.r.l., a furniture manufacturer, for company owner Adolfo Cases of Milan. The Ferrari was faithfully serviced at Ferrari’s Assistenza Clienti facilities in Modena on three occasions, with mileage recorded at 9,293 km on the last factory service date of February 15, 1966. Subsequently in 1966, 06887 was sold by Metar S.r.l. to Mr. Beccucci, and then in 1967, it was exported to Canada, where it was sold to A.M.B. Stivan of Laval, Quebec.
According to Massini, documents in the Luigi Chinetti Motors files show 06887 was serviced there in May 1968, described as silver blue, with the odometer reading 52,473 km (32,605 miles). In November 1969, 06887 was sold by Mr. Stivan to Luigi Chinetti Motors and subsequently repainted red. The next known owner of the Ferrari was Richard Hupperich of New Orleans, who advertised it for sale in the January 1974 Ferrari Club of America newsletter. By 1975, the 275 GTB was listed in the FCA USA membership roster under Dr. Ronald W. Busuttil, a physician resident in West Los Angeles, who was succeeded in the 1976–77 FCA member listings by James P. Darling of Seal Beach, California, who began advertising the car for sale in Ferrari Market Letter during the fall of 1977.
In May 1978, 06887 was acquired by the current California-based owner, a confirmed enthusiast who has provided excellent care of the Ferrari throughout his four-decade tenure. A copy of his original Bill of Sale accompanies 06887 at auction. Among the works performed, Ferrari expert Richard Straman rebuilt the seats and completely re-trimmed the interior upholstery in 1978–79, followed by a bare-metal repaint performed by Straman during 1998–2000. Further interior work was performed by Alan Taylor Company of Escondido, California, during 2001–2002 and prior to acquisition by the current owner, 06887 was fitted with its current V-12 engine, a correct 275 GTB unit internally numbered 632/64 and stamped with this car’s chassis number. In 2011 and 2012, the engine was rebuilt by Patrick Ottis of Berkeley, California, who also installed a new old stock (NOS) clutch assembly and NOS Ansa exhaust system in addition to addressing the clutch hydraulics and brake system. In 2011, the carburetors were rebuilt by Pierce Manifolds Inc. of Gilroy, California, and the car was detailed inside and out by Perfect Reflections of Hayward, California. Most recently, the 275 returned to Ottis for mechanical servicing, plus attention to the exhaust system. From 2011 to 2014, 06887 was exhibited at a number of top-echelon Ferrari venues including Concorso Italiano (2011 and 2013), Cavallino Classic XXIII in Palm Beach (2014), and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering (2014).
Riding on a complete set of Campagnolo magnesium wheels, 06887 is accompanied by a tool kit and a large document file containing invoices and a chronology of the work performed on the car during the current ownership. Clearly benefiting from single-owner care since 1978, this 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB marks a fabulous opportunity to acquire a wonderfully presented and maintained, yet eminently driveable, classic V-12 Ferrari legend.