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Recently Discovered and Offered for Sale After 40 Years of Single-Family OwnershipLoredana Gabriella Giglio, Rome (acquired new via Vecar S.r.l. in February 1967)Massimiliano Mornielli di Crestvohut, Rome (acquired via Auto Roma S.r.l. in October 1969)Stefano Dolari, Rome (acquired from the above in March 1971)John Doonan, Rockville, Maryland (acquired circa February 1972)Current Family Ownership, Massachusetts (acquired from the above in March 1972)
Recently discovered following three quiet decades spent in static storage, this sensational 275 GTB/4 is one of the most exciting “garage finds” in recent memory – an exceptionally attractive and wonderfully original example of a significant Ferrari model.
The remarkable history of this long-lost 275 GTB/4 can be traced back to February 11, 1967, when Ferrari issued the certificate of origin for chassis 09489. As completed, this early-production “four-cam” was ideally finished in Bleu Chiaro (Light Blue) with full black leather upholstery and light gray carpets. Destined for sale in Italy, the Ferrari was desirably equipped with instruments in kilometers, a Blaupunkt radio, driver’s-side headrest, Campagnolo cast wheels, and a chromed grille guard. On February 23, 1967, the striking 275 GTB/4 was delivered to official Ferrari concessionaire Vecar S.r.l. and sold from their Piazza Verdi showroom in Rome to its first owner, Loredana Gabriella Giglio, a 24-year-old woman living on Via Castelfranco Veneto. According to the research of marque historian Marcel Massini, 09489 was first registered in Italy as “Roma A32546” and maintained by the Ferrari Factory Assistenza Clienti in Modena through September 1968, by which time the car had accrued approximately 25,000 km.
On October 10, 1969, the 275 GTB/4 was sold through Auto Roma S.r.l. to its second Roman owner, Massimiliano Mornielli di Crestvohut. According to Automobile Club d’Italia records, Sig. Mornielli retained the Ferrari until March 1971, when it was sold to its third owner, Stefano Dolari.
In late 1971 or early 1972, the 275 GTB/4 – like so many Ferraris originally delivered in Italy – was sold to an American car enthusiast traveling through Europe and exported to the US. The buyer, John Doonan of Rockville, Maryland, was a retired pilot who, throughout the early 1970s, bought and sold exotic sports cars, including several Ferraris that he imported from overseas.
In March 1972, Bob N., a young Massachusetts-based car enthusiast, struck a deal with John Doonan and purchased 09489 for the then-princely sum of $5,500.
Up to this time, Bob had owned a few sports cars, including an Austin-Healey and Corvettes, but, like any true dyed-in-the-wool car lover, he had always longed to own a 12-cylinder Ferrari. After finalizing the purchase, Bob drove the GTB/4 from Maryland to his home in Massachusetts, winding the Ferrari up to triple-digit speeds whenever a long open stretch of highway presented the opportunity.
According to his wife, who had originally encouraged him to buy the car, Bob “drove his Ferrari with love and great care – enjoying the car on summer weekends and taking it to local cars shows.”
As the value of the Ferrari continued to increase each year, Bob decided that he would rather not put his beloved car at risk and, in 1982, he retired 09489 from the road. It has not been started, driven, or registered since.
For over 30 years, this beautiful Italian sports car has been confined to the comforts of Bob’s home garage in eastern Massachusetts and was, until his recent passing, the prized centerpiece of a wonderful collection of classic cars and automobilia. Surrounded by a Porsche 911, Triumph TR3, and a number of small-displacement open-wheel race cars, the blue GTB/4 was, until fall 2014, known only to family and friends.
As a result of its many years in storage, this Ferrari remains in wonderful unrestored condition and possesses a magnificent time-warp appearance that will hold tremendous appeal to discerning collectors.
Its lovely blue paintwork, refinished once in the 1970s, is lightly lacquer checked and cracking in areas, giving the Ferrari a special character. Likewise, its original interior is beautifully preserved, with an attractive patina to the black leather upholstery. The engine bay retains nearly all of the important ancillary components and, most importantly, the chassis, body, and engine stampings – along with the factory data tag – appear clear and undisturbed.
Attesting to the car’s fascinating transcontinental provenance are several charming details, from its original keys and dealer-supplied Ferrari fob, a Roman Peugeot agency sticker affixed to the rear window, to its original 1971-issue Italian registration “Roma G99736.” In addition to these wonderful features, the GTB/4 is offered with an original tool roll (partially complete) and a set of unused Borrani wire wheels, still in their packaging.
Following a sympathetic mechanical recommissioning, this magnificent 275 GTB/4 could be driven and enjoyed in its present condition, making it all the more enticing. Given its spectacular original color scheme, distinctive optional features, and irreplaceable character, 09489 is perhaps the ultimate find for the collector with an appreciation of highly original, unrestored automobiles.
Gooding & Company is honored to present this wonderful 275 GTB/4 at auction on behalf of the family that has treasured and preserved it for more than four decades. This is the kind of Ferrari that every collector dreams of finding and we are sure that its fortunate new caretaker will never tire of its extraordinary quality and timeless style.