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The 275 GTB
Ferrari launched the new 275 GTB at the Paris Auto Salon in 1964. In many ways, the new car was an evolution in design from the preceding 250 series. However, the GTB was considerably more sporting than the 250 GT Lusso that it technically replaced, offering performance more along the lines of the sporting short-wheelbase Berlinetta.
The developments of competition cars such as the 275 P and 250 LM were reflected in numerous aspects of the 275 GTB. The most important mechanical innovations introduced in the new Berlinetta were to be found beneath the skin. The new model featured independent rear suspension – a first for a road-going Ferrari – as well as a new five-speed rear-mounted transaxle that provided better weight distribution and a more spacious cockpit.
The press applauded Ferrari’s new Berlinetta and one well-known reporter summarized his road test by saying, “The 275 GTB is superlatively vigorous, very agile and very fast. Its comfort, quality of finish and the original lines of its bodywork justify its high price, for it is an exceptional motorcar. It is a thoroughbred with luxury, devoid of excess and a fiery temperament.”
Completed in July 1966, 08729 was originally finished in Argento Metallizzato (10-E-1) with full black leather seats. Destined for the Italian market, the Ferrari was specified in left-hand drive with instrumentation in kilometers.
On July 11, 1966, the 275 GTB was sold new through official Milanese concessionaire M.G. Crepaldi S.a.s. to its first owner, Alberto Morandi of Cremona. Like many high-end automobiles delivered new in Italy, the Ferrari changed ownership several times within its first years – as evidenced by Automobile Club d’Italia documents.
In October 1966, 08729 was sold through Enzo Rossi to Pierino Reali of Milan who apparently used the GTB regularly. In March 1967, the 275 GTB was serviced at the Ferrari factory’s Assistenza Clienti in Modena – showing 17,000 km; when it returned to the service department just three months later, a further 6,000 km had been accrued. Sig. Reali sold the Ferrari in May 1968 to its third owner, Angelo Restelli, and then in 1974, 08729 was exported to the US.
By 1978, the Berlinetta was recorded in the ownership of H. Judson Holcombe of Bethesda, Maryland, and, in May 1980, still in its original livery, it was shown by Mr. Holcombe at the Ferrari Club of America Annual Meeting in Summit Point, West Virginia. By 1981, the GTB was sold to Bill Tracy of Virginia, before being spotted at North Carolina’s Charlotte Motor Speedway in March 1985, in the ownership of Fred Reddell, Jr., having by then been restored and repainted red. Briefly passing through the ownership of Richard Watkins, the Ferrari was acquired by New York banker Bob Mabon, who registered 08729 with the Ferrari Owners Club in 1986.
In 1997, 08729 was acquired by Donald Mann of Franklin, Tennessee, who enjoyed and exhibited the car at official Ferrari Club events in Texas, Florida, and Louisiana, through 2004. The following year the GTB was sold to Issam Karanouh of Dallas. During his ownership, Mr. Karanouh commissioned noted Ferrari expert Bob Smith Coachworks of Gainesville, Texas, to perform a high-quality cosmetic restoration. This process included refinishing the bodywork in its current metallic blue shade, trimming the upholstery in light tan hides, and detailing the chassis and engine bay.
In 2008, 08729 was displayed at the Quail Motorsports Gathering in Carmel Valley, California, where it was honored with the Pacific Tweed Courtier “Eye for Style” Award.
In its current condition, it would be quite a challenge to fault the overall presentation of this 275 GTB. Finished in a splendid color scheme, which highlights its legendary curves, and beautifully restored by one of the most highly respected Ferrari specialists in the US, this late-production 275 GTB has a visual appeal and preparation that would be difficult to improve upon. It should be noted that, although the engine pad appears to have been re-stamped at some time, the engine’s internal number “1318/64” fits perfectly into the range of numbers around 08729.
Offered with a tool roll, owner’s handbooks, and a history report compiled by Marcel Massini, this 275 GTB is bound to impress the most discerning enthusiast. Much more refined than the earliest 275 GTBs, this desirable torque-tube variant is a particularly versatile machine that ought to be a perfect candidate for an incredible variety of automotive events – everything from selective concours d’elegance to the most exclusive rallies.
All in all, this Ferrari has the attributes that an enthusiast looks for in a 275 GTB: the elegant long-nose coachwork, the improved torque-tube driveshaft, a clear ownership history, and a superb presentation that will allow for many more years of enjoyment.
Those in search of an outstanding 1960s Ferrari need look no further than this exceptional 275 GTB, an iconic Italian sports car that is sure to bring a great deal of pleasure to its new owner.