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Lot 56

2013   |   Amelia Island Auction 2013

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Long Nose Alloy

Coachwork by Designed by Pininfarina Coachwork by Scaglietti

SOLD $2,365,000

Estimate

$2,000,000 - $2,400,000

Chassis

8057

Engine

8057 Internal No. 936/64

Car Highlights

One of Approximately 25 Alloy-Bodied 275 GTBs
Matching-Numbers Example with Factory Six-Carb Upgrade
Distinguished Chain of Knowledgeable Owners
Beautifully Maintained Restoration with Recent Mechanical Attention
Offered with Borrani Wire Wheels, Tool Roll, and Handbooks
deal Candidate for Leading Tours, Rallies, and Concours
Documented by Marque Historian Marcel Massin
Certified by Ferrari Classiche

Technical Specs

3,285 CC Type 213 SOHC V-12 Engine
Six Weber 40 DCN Carburetors
300 BHP at 7,600 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Vacuum-Assisted Dunlop Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Wishbones and Coil-Over Shock Absorbers
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The Ferrari presented here is an outstanding example of what many would consider one of the greatest sports cars of the 1960s – the alloy-bodied 275 GTB. Although the exact numbers vary by source, it is generally accepted that Ferrari built between 24 and 30 of these exotic, lightweight 275 GTBs at the request of important clients.

The history of 8057 begins in late 1965, when Ferrari prepared this second-series 275 GTB chassis with the improved CV-joint driveshaft and standard three-carburetor arrangement.

Once the chassis was completed, 8057 was delivered to Carrozzeria Scaglietti, where this handsome second-series “long nose” body was fashioned from lightweight aluminum. Originally calling for Argento paint and black upholstery, the order was changed prior to being executed, and this Ferrari was finished in the sophisticated color scheme of Amaranto Roma Italver, a rich earthy red, with beige upholstery.

The Certificate of Origin for 8057 was issued on January 4, 1966, and the Ferrari was sold new to Officine Romanazzi ICAR S.p.A. in Rome. Registered as “Roma 904271,” the alloy-bodied 275 returned to Ferrari’s Assistenza Clienti at Viale Trento Trieste in Modena, Italy, for service. At this time, 8057 was also upgraded to the ultra desirable six-carburetor arrangement and the original transaxle was substituted for a new unit, internal no. 142.

On July 3, 1970, the 275 GTB was sold to its second owner, Mario Gastone Giulio Sorrentino, a 22-year-old who maintained a residence at Via Micheli 45 in Rome. Less than a year after acquiring his dual-purpose Ferrari, Sig. Sorrentino sold the car to Riccardo Billi Di Sandorno who, in turn, sold it to Mario Terrevoli on May 26. In October 1973, Sig. Terrevoli sold the Ferrari to Bruce Vincent Madden, an American in residence at the Hotel Excelsior in Rome.

Following the 275 GTB’s arrival in the US, it was sold to Sam Drummy, a record producer and Ferrari enthusiast living in Los Angeles. Mr. Drummy retained the rare alloy-bodied 275 GTB into the early 1980s, by which time his stable had grown to include a 365 California Spider and a 365 GTC.

After a decade in the US, the 275 GTB returned to continental Europe when it was sold – via Jean-Jacques Bally – to Bernard Comte of Vaucresson, France. In September 1983, the alloy-bodied berlinetta took part in Ferrari Days, a four-day track and concours event organized by the Automobile Club Modena for pre-1970 Ferrari models. Still in enthusiastic ownership four years later, 8057 participated at the 1987 Club Ferrari France meeting at Mas du Clos.

In 1988, well-known Swiss Ferrari enthusiast Carlo Perego purchased the 275 GTB and, during his four-year ownership, oversaw a comprehensive restoration. During the restoration, the Ferrari was refinished in Fly Yellow with black upholstery, a striking period-correct livery that evokes some of the most memorable 275 competition cars.

In 1992, 8057 was sold to Jacques Levet of Paris and eventually received the Club Ferrari France Trophy for Best Restoration. The alloy-bodied 275 GTB remained in French ownership until 2005, when it was sold to Oliver Franz, a German collector living in St. Prex, Switzerland.

The following year, 8057 was inspected and certified by the Ferrari Classiche department, confirming that this car retains its original matching-numbers components and adheres to strict, factory-supplied specifications.

Most recently in the care of an English collector, 8057 participated in the 2010 Südsteiermark Classic in Germany and, as recently as 2012, received a thorough detailing and service that addressed the engine, transaxle, suspension, exhaust, and braking systems. While the various mechanical systems were disassembled, inspected, and rebuilt as needed, great pains were taken to achieve both an accurate cosmetic presentation and superior operation.

Accompanied by its Ferrari Classiche Red Book, tool roll, owner’s manuals, leather handbook folio, and a history report compiled by marque historian Marcel Massini, this rare and desirable 275 GTB offers a remarkably complete and well-rounded package that is sure to impress the most discerning collector.

These lightweight 275s are some of the most versatile sports cars of the 1960s, and this beautifully prepared example is eligible for a remarkable number of events, from FCA shows and concours to high-speed road events such as Tour Auto and the Copperstate 1000. A recent test drive revealed the incomparable character of a well-sorted, six-carburator 275; it is a truly rare automobile that offers the ideal balance between an exhilarating vintage sports car and modern high-performance GT.

Due to their unrivaled combination of performance, looks, pedigree, and prestige, these exceptional dual-purpose Ferraris rarely appear for public sale and are jealously guarded by an exclusive group of passionate caretakers. A superb example in every respect, this 275 GTB has had a clear chain of appreciative owners, a no-excuses record, and the most prized factory specifications.

Offered for sale in the US for the first time in over three decades, this alloy-bodied, six-carburator 275 GTB is one of the most desirable sports cars of its era and carries credentials that position it among the top tier of 1960s Ferraris.

For the collector who has been searching for a rare, significant, and enjoyable classic Ferrari, 8057 is sure to satisfy every demand.