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*Please note that in the last month this car has benefitted from over $6,500 of service work performed by Grand Touring Classics, Inc.
From an Important Private Collection Formerly the Property of Mel and Noel Blanc
Completed at the Ferrari factory in October 1967, this 275 GTB/4, chassis 10511, was originally finished in the vibrant color scheme of Giallo Fly with black Connolly leather and equipped with Campagnolo alloy wheels and instrumentation in kilometers.
In November 1967, 10511 was delivered through official concessionaire M. Gastone Crepaldi S.a.s. to its first owner, Sig. Frigerio of Milan. After five years of use on Italian roads, the 275 GTB/4 was sold to an American enthusiast and shipped from Italy to New York.
Offered for sale by a New York owner in June 1974, the Ferrari was eventually sold to Stephen Stepner of Miami, Florida. A regular Ferrari customer and client of FAF Motorcars in Tucker, Georgia, Mr. Stepner offered 10511 for sale in the September 1975 FCA newsletter, describing the Ferrari as “chrome yellow with black leather, just completed extensive restoration, steel body, 29,500 miles on car, 2,500 miles on engine rebuild with new cams.”
Evidently, the advertisement captured the interest of Robert Panella, a Stockton, California, collector who owned a varied selection of important cars over the years, from a SWB California Spider to a 427 Cobra. Between 1976 and 1977, Mr. Panella was listed as the owner of 10511 in both the Ferrari Club of America News and the Ferrari Owners Club USA membership roster.
In 1977, Mr. Panella sold the 275 GTB/4 to Hal Burroughs of Beverly Hills, California. ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼After three years of ownership, Mr. Burroughs sold the four-cam to Bill Richley, a fellow Los Angeles-area Ferrari enthusiast.
In March 1982, the Giallo Fly GTB/4 was sold to father and son car collectors Mel and Noel Blanc of Beverly Hills. Made famous as a voice-over artist for Warner Brothers Studios, Mr. Blanc is best remembered as the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Woody Woodpecker, Marvin the Martian, and Pepe Le Pew, to mention but a few of his loveable characters.
Throughout the 1980s, the Blancs built an impressive collection of classic cars and housed them in a specially built garage at their home on world famous Rodeo Drive. As Ferraris were the primary focus of the stable, this 275 GTB/4 was surrounded by exceptional examples of the marque, including a 365 GTC/4, a 246 GTS, and several Daytona Spiders including the legendary Gumball Rally movie car.
In 1990, the Blanc’s prized four-cam was invited to be displayed at the “original” non- judging show at Watkins Glen in New York. Following this outing, Mel and Noel Blanc enjoyed the 275 GTB/4 as an occasional driver and commissioned noted mechanic Bruno Borri of Modena Sports Cars Inc. in Los Angeles to perform a complete engine overhaul. When this work was completed, the car was said to be “the fastest and best drive that Bruno and Noel Blanc have ever experienced.”
Acquired by the current owner shortly after the Blanc collection was sold at the Christie’s Pebble Beach Auction in August 1997, the 275 GTB/4 has been driven approximately 500 km over the past 15 years. In light of this extended period of static storage, a thorough mechanical inspection and service is recommended prior to use.
Best described as a serviceable older restoration, 10511 shows evidence of age and the car displays a number of cosmetic flaws, such as advanced lacquer checking, cracked lenses, and a more modern Alpine stereo system with rear-parcel shelf speakers.
Despite its patinated appearance, this 275 GTB/4 appears to be an unusually correct and authentic example. Judged by their internal numbers (1898 and 565- I/R), the engine and transaxle both fall within the correct range for this chassis number and are believed to be the original, factory- supplied components. While not original to this car, Borrani wire wheels were frequently fitted to GTB/4s and are considered a valuable, sought-after option. It should also be noted that the sale of 10511 includes a history report compiled by marque historian Marcel Massini, as well as a 275 GTB owner’s manual, and parts catalogue.
Considering its desirable as-delivered color scheme, genuine character, and rich provenance, this 275 GTB/4 appears to be the ideal tour car for the casual enthusiast or – for those who demand cosmetic perfection – a deserving candidate for a concours-quality restoration. Whatever the future may hold in store, this Giallo Fly four-cam is an important find and a rare opportunity to acquire the most highly evolved variant of the iconic 275 GTB.