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Ferrari Classiche CertifiedRoberto Bertuzzi, Piacenza, Italy (acquired new via M. Gastone Crepaldi S.a.s. in September 1967)Andrea Tugnoli, Bologna, Italy (acquired from the above in October 1968)Giorgio Zanetti, Padova, Italy (acquired from the above via Achilli Motors S.a.s.in ovember 1970)Aldo Caretti, Napoli, Italy (acquired from the above in February 1973)Michael Greenblat, Muttontown, New York (acquired circa 1989)Ryuzo Kuroki, Tokyo, Japan (acquired circa 1991)Enrique Landa, San Diego, California (acquired via Symbolic Motor Car Co. circa 2006)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2010)
FCA National Meeting, Tysons Corner, Virginia, May 199110th Annual Reading Ferrari Concours d’Elegance, Reading, Pennsylvania, May 1994Ferrari Club Japan Concours, Suzuka, Japan, April 1995 (First in Class)
“It is, first and foremost, a serious and comfortable gran turismo, but it retains the lineage of a race car in the response of the engine and the quality of the handling. The 275 GTB/4 is one of the greatest automobiles created in our times.” – Jean-Pierre Beltoise, L’Auto-Journal, January 19, 1967
Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show 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 prototypes of the era and pointed to the future of Ferrari design. Subtly differentiated from the long-nose 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 derived from Ferrari’s successful line of “P” cars, which were more modern derivatives of the dominant four-cam sports racers of the late 1950s. Beyond its revised cylinder heads, the GTB/4 featured dry sump lubrication, as found on the GTB/C, and an impressive lineup of six Weber carburetors, an arrangement that was made optional on earlier 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 in 1967.
The 275 GTB/4 presented here, chassis 10387, was completed at the Ferrari factory on September 19, 1967, originally finished in Grigio Argento (Silver Gray) with black leather upholstery. Two days later, the new Ferrari was sold through the factory’s official Milanese agent, M. Gastone Crepaldi S.a.s., to its first owner Roberto Bertuzzi, a 25-year-old sports car enthusiast living in Piacenza.
By the time he took delivery of the 275 GTB/4, Sig. Bertuzzi had earned a reputation as a successful gentleman driver, campaigning Abarth-Simca 1300 and 2000 GTs in important Italian events, such as the Coppa Inter-Europa at Monza and the Grand Prix of Imola.
Registration records indicate that Sig. Bertuzzi retained the 275 GTB/4 for just over a year, during which time it accrued approximately 18,000 km (approximately 11,000 miles) and made regular visits to Ferrari’s Assistenza Clienti in Modena for service and maintenance. In fall 1968, 10387 was sold to its second owner and, from there, passed through the ownership of two subsequent collectors in Italy before being exported to the US in 1973. In July 1975, the 275 GTB/4 was advertised in the New York Times, where it was described as “red with black interior, new paint, new engine, extras.”
Evidently, 10387 remained in the New York area and, in 1989, the GTB/4 was advertised for sale in the Ferrari Market Letter on behalf of its then-owner Michael Greenblat of Long Island. By this time, the Ferrari had been treated to a comprehensive restoration, with an engine rebuild performed by FAF Motorcars in Atlanta, Georgia, and significant cosmetic detailing carried out by Berlinetta Motorcars Ltd. in Huntington Station, New York.
Ferrari enthusiast Ryuzo Kuroki of Tokyo, Japan, acquired 10387 by 1991; however, the car remained in the US for several years, making appearances at two major East Coast concours events. After making its way to Tokyo, the 275 GTB/4 took part in the 1995 Ferrari Club Japan Concours at Suzuka Circuit, where it received a First in Class award. The Ferrari remained in Japan until 2006, when it was sold to San Diego collector Enrique Landa through Symbolic Motor Car Company in La Jolla, California.
Since fall 2010, this 275 GTB/4 has resided in an important Texas-based collection where it has continued to benefit from meticulous maintenance. In preparation for its appearance at auction, the consignor has gone to great lengths to ensure an outstanding, show-ready presentation throughout, sourcing details such as proper hose clamps, a period-correct battery, and appropriate Italian registration plates. In addition to this work, local specialists performed a thorough mechanical service and extensive 20-hour detailing.
While this work was being carried out, the consignor applied for and was subsequently granted Ferrari Classiche Certification for 10387. After inspecting the car and referencing the findings against factory records, the Ferrari Classiche Department concluded that this 275 GTB/4 is a correct and authentic example, retaining its original chassis, coachwork, engine, and transaxle, as well as its braking and suspension systems.
In addition to the Ferrari Classiche documents, the sale of 10387 is accompanied by a tool kit, handbooks, and an impressive file of documentation that includes Automobile Club d’Italia registration records as well as a report compiled by marque historian Marcel Massini.
The 275 GTB/4 is the Ferrari that has it all: outstanding performance, timeless style, exclusivity in limited numbers, and the immediate recognition of classic car enthusiasts the world over. The mystique and emotional appeal of the 275 GTB remains as strong as ever, and the four-cam in particular – the most technically advanced and sporting variant – is undoubtedly among the most desirable and iconic Ferraris ever built.
Considering its many desirable qualities – a fascinating provenance, an outstanding presentation, and Ferrari Classiche certification – this is an exceptional 275 GTB/4 that demands serious consideration.