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Formerly the Property of Sherman M. Wolf | Presented in Rare Original Color SchemeHodges Chemical Company, Burlingame, California (acquired new in 1968)Roger Selby, Redwood City, California (acquired from the above in 1971)Grand Touring Cars, Inc., Phoenix (acquired from the above in 1976)Mark Magruder, Grand Junction, Colorado (acquired from the above in January 1977)Grand Touring Cars, Inc., Phoenix (reacquired from the above in October 1977)Dr. Ronald Finger, Savannah, Georgia (acquired from the above in 1978)James Kircher, Ludington, Michigan (acquired from the above in 1981)International Auto, Chicago, Illinois (acquired from the above in 1982)Sherman M. Wolf, Amherst, New Hampshire (acquired from the above in 1983)Mel Weiss, Kinnelon, New Jersey (acquired from the above in 1998)Orin Smith, Vero Beach, Florida (acquired from the above in 2009)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
18th FCA National Meeting, Asheville, North Carolina, June 198119th FCA National Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 1982 (Best in Class) 20th FCA National Meeting, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, July 1983 (Best in Class)
Unveiled at the Paris Auto Salon in October 1966, the 275 GTB/4 was a groundbreaking Ferrari. As Maranello’s first four-cam road car, the GTB/4 paid homage to the dominant sports racing prototypes of the era and pointed to the future of Ferrari design.
Subtly differentiated from the long-nose two-cam 275 GTB by a slight bulge on the bonnet, the true beauty of the GTB/4’s design lay beneath the surface. The 3.3-liter tipo 226 engine was inspired by Ferrari’s successful line of prototype cars, featuring double-overhead-cam cylinder heads, dry sump lubrication, and an impressive lineup of six Weber carburetors, an arrangement that was a desirable option on earlier 275 GTBs. The result was a free-revving 300 bhp engine with improved low-end torque and greater overall flexibility.
Beyond its exquisite four-cam engine, the 275 GTB/4 benefited from other notable refinements, from the implementation of the improved torque-tube driveshaft to more modern interior appointments. Beautiful, civilized, and devastatingly fast, Ferrari’s four-cam berlinetta had few peers on the roads of 1967.
According to marque historian Marcel Massini, the 275 GTB/4 presented here, chassis 10563, was completed in fall 1967. Carozzeria Scaglietti finished the coachwork in the brilliant and distinctive color scheme of Verde Pino (Pine Green) with an Arancia (Orange) leather interior. Though it was originally destined for sale in Italy, with delivery slated for Crepaldi’s dealership in Milan, the new Ferrari was instead sold in a package of cars to official US distributor Luigi Chinetti Motors. In November 1967, Chinetti sold 10563 to Modern Classic Motors, Bill Harrah’s dealership in Reno, Nevada, which served as the West Coast distributor for Ferraris during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
In January 1968, 10563 was sold to its first private owner, the Hodges Chemical Company of Burlingame, California. A series of photographs taken in 1969 show the Ferrari as a virtually new car, wearing black-and-yellow California license plates, numbered “VYA 674.”
In July 1971, the Ferrari sold to its second owner, Roger Selby of Redwood City, California. Mr. Selby, an avid car enthusiast and successful motorcycle dealer, kept the four-cam for over five years before selling it to Harley Cluxton’s Grand Touring Cars, Inc. in Phoenix. After having its engine and transaxle rebuilt, the Ferrari was sold to Mark Magruder, a resident of Grand Junction, Colorado; he owned the car for a brief period, selling it back to Mr. Cluxton in October 1977.
In April 1978, Mr. Cluxton sold the four-cam to Dr. Ronald Finger of Savannah, Georgia. A well-known collector, Dr. Finger owned many important Ferraris during this period, including an aluminum-bodied 275 GTB/4 and a 250 GTO, both raced by Chinetti’s North American Racing Team. He kept this particular 275 GTB/4 until 1981, when he sold it to James “Kirk” Kircher of Ludington, Michigan.
Mr. Kircher was the first owner to display 10563 as a show car, entering it in the Ferrari Club of America National Meeting held in Asheville, North Carolina, in June 1981.
Subsequently, the green 275 GTB/4 was shown at the next two FCA National Meetings, in 1982 and 1983, earning back-to-back Best in Class awards. Later in 1983, the prize-winning 275 GTB/4 was sold, via The Stables Ltd., to respected collector Sherman M. Wolf of Amherst, New Hampshire. Well-known in Ferrari circles, Mr. Wolf was a passionate enthusiast who owned a stable of exceptional and historic cars; all were lovingly maintained and regularly enjoyed on events such as the Colorado Grand. Mr. Wolf kept 10563 until 1998, when it was sold to Mel Weiss of Kinnelon, New Jersey.
Carefully maintained and preserved in the hands of knowledgeable caretakers since, 10563 continues to show beautifully and has performed well on several recent outings. Other than being repainted and re-trimmed in its factory-specified colors, this Ferrari remains in remarkably original order and has never required a complete restoration. It appears to be a correct example in all respects, retaining its original matching-numbers engine, data tags, and delightful period features, such as genuine Marchal headlamps and a Blaupunkt AM/FM radio. At the time of cataloguing, the odometer displayed 42,400 miles – a figure that is believed to be original based on previous recordings of 31,000 miles in 1976 and 40,000 miles in 1983.
In keeping with its impressive presentation, this 275 GTB/4 is offered with an original tool roll, jack kit, and leather handbook folio containing the spare parts catalog, owner’s manual, dealer directory, and sales brochure. It is also accompanied by a history report compiled by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini as well as copies of period photographs, correspondence, and ownership records.
Finished in a spectacular and rarely seen original color scheme, complete with the most desirable features and accessories, and counting noted collectors Dr. Ron Finger and Sherman Wolf among its former owners, this particular 275 GTB/4 possesses all the qualities one looks for in a top-tier Ferrari. This magnificent Pine Green four-cam is, quite simply, an outstanding example of Ferrari’s definitive road-going berlinetta and a true prize for discerning collectors.