SOLD 09/19

1965 Ferrari
275 GTB

Ferrari Classiche Certified, Matching Numbers Example. Fresh paint in the Original Color, Recent Mechanical Sorting by Patrick Ottis & Co. Outstanding Value!

  • VIN07645
  • Exterior ColorFly Yellow
  • Interior ColorTan Leather
  • Mileage12216 Kilometers (TMU)
  • Engine3.3 Liter 12-Cylinder
  • Engine no.07645 (Internal Number: 596/64)
  • Transmission5-Speed Transaxle
  • StatusSold
  • StockFJ2362


1965 Ferrari 275 GTB “Short Nose”
s/n 07645, Engine no. 07645 (Numero Intero: 596/64)
Fly Yellow with Tan Leather Interior

Unquestionably beautiful in every respect, the Ferrari 275 GTB remains among the finest and most desirable sportscars in the world. Over a period of two years, Ferrari built just 453 examples of the original 275 GTB before introducing the revised GTB/4 at the Paris Auto Salon in October 1966. With a dramatic shape and superlative performance that has continually captured the imagination of enthusiasts and collectors since its original release, the 275 GTB commands attention from virtually all range of enthusiasts.

Known for their phenomenal performance, the 275 GTB featured the 3,285 cc type 213 SOHC Colombo V-12 engine capable of 300bhp at 7,600 rpm. Constructed using a welded steel tubular frame, engineering advances included fully independent suspension with unequal-length A-arms front and rear, disc brakes, tubular shock absorbers, and a rear-mounted five-speed transmission structurally coupled to the rear axle, with the clutch and bell housing mounted at the engine. This racing inspired engineering, allowed for better weight distribution, and ultimately delivered superior high-speed handling. The GTB was not only a performance icon of racing, it became one of the most sought-after road cars during their short production run.

Although the body design is credited to Pininfarina, the construction of each car was individually crafted by the capable coachbuilders of Scaglietti. In any case, the partnership of these two giants of Ferrari coachwork resulted in a competition inspired beauty capable of exceptional performance. The 275 GTB could be outfitted for touring or racing, with either three or six Weber carburetors. The body could be steel and aluminum or all-aluminum, again to save weight for competition purposes. Campagnolo alloy wheels were standard, but Borrani wire wheels were also a highly desirable option. Changes were made throughout the production run, with the most notable being the extension of the nose of the car, coupled with a smaller grille opening. Earlier “short nose” version cars are considered to be the more pure execution of the original design.
Historically, the 275 GTB marked Ferraris transition to developing more comfortable and luxurious road-going vehicles. Important chassis engineering, four-wheel independent suspension, and improved weight distribution made the 275 GTB not only a superior performance car, but a far more comfortable touring car. These traits continue to inspire collectors today who not only seek rare, beautiful and important Ferraris for their collections, but also wish to enjoy the driving experience afforded in a more refined road car with competition heritage.

According to the Ferrari Classiche report issued for this car, this particular Ferrari 275 GTB retains the original engine and the original Scaglietti coachwork. Finished in Giallo Fly (Fly Yellow) with Pelle Nera (Black interior) when built at the factory in August 1965, the car was delivered to Motor s.a.s. in Bologna, Italy. Having been held in private collections for several years including most recently, the car was previously painted dark red, but has been recently repainted in the correct Fly Yellow and while under consignment has been serviced by Ferrari expert Patrick Ottis, who has replaced the clutch master cylinder and various hydraulic clutch supply lines as well as tending to the cooling system. s/n 07645 exhibits a handsome combination of older high-quality restoration, recent paint, and selectively freshened mechanicals.

Today the overall condition of the car is quite satisfying, particularly the fresh, vivid yellow exterior finish which retains a very high-quality gloss with excellent luster throughout all surfaces. There are minor areas of use evident in the finish, particularly at the front of the car, but only small imperfections. The exterior trim, emblems and chrome details are properly polished, showing excellent detailing including proper finishing inside the doorjambs, and inner surfaces. The thin chrome headlight trim is perfectly sculpted and finished with excellent fit along the front fenders. The look of these features truly enhances the original short nose fascia. Of particular note is the clear rear line of the earlier short nose cars what have hidden trunk hinges, making a smooth uninterrupted rear line reminiscent of SWB competition cars. Chrome bumpers and polished metals show some minor haze but are visually very satisfying throughout. All openings function as expected with tight closures and excellent panel gaps circling the perimeter of the floating hood, doors and hidden hinged trunk. All four correctly sized stunning Borrani RW 3874 alloy wire wheels show their original stampings further validated by photos in the accompanying Ferrari Classiche report. A set of Michelin XWX 205/70 VR15 tires are mounted with ample tread remaining.

The interior has been properly restored with excellent tan leather seats and door panels contrasting against the black dash and rear storage shelf draped with leather luggage straps and accented by various delightful bits of brightwork and instrumentation. The leather seats are correctly trimmed and properly padded including the perimeter bolsters which show properly piped and pleated patterns per the original specifications. The dashboard is clean and taut with slightly relaxed materials housing stunning instruments, a warm wood insert, and smoothly operating switches. The wood rimmed steering wheel features polished aluminum spokes and a Ferrari crest in the center hub. The black leather console houses the competition inspired gated shifter showing excellent material fit, crisp corners, and nicely finished accessory trim. The black carpeting is in very good condition with proper foot pads and a chrome plated foot bar for the fortunate passenger. Headliner and surrounding materials are all in very good to excellent condition, showing some age since the restoration was completed, but offering a very satisfying and cohesive impression, especially when seated inside.

The engine bay and engine have been properly detailed and show the care indicative of many years of expert attention during restoration. Finishes are both correctly applied and appear to have been properly cared for since the restoration was completed and when the car has been serviced and detailed. There are indications of use on the engine surfaces and gasket seams, typical of cars that have mellowed since restoration, but nothing more than general toning and patina which can be freshened should the new owner elect to do so. Engine finishes are faithfully presented and correct ignition and electrical components appear properly in place. Beautiful Weber 40 DCZ/6 carburetors, factory hardware, and hallmark V12 designations are all cohesively presented and correct. The trunk compartment is correctly finished.

The underside of the car is in keeping with the restoration quality performed some years ago with good detail and tidy finishes focusing on authenticity and cleanliness. Proper raw aluminum castings, correct brakes, lines and finishes, are validated by photos in the Classiche report and further attest to the generally correct restoration performed on the car. The chassis is in excellent condition with no evidence of structural damage or significant compromise to main components, rocker panels, or suspension.

Driving a Ferrari 275 GTB is confirmation of what exemplary sports car motoring has always been about – power, performance, and presence. There is nothing to compare with the sound of the V-12 engine as the starter lights off and the sonorous exhaust beckons your attention. Beautifully composed and remarkably refined, it’s clear that the Ferrari 275 GBT will continue to garner ongoing appreciation from motorsports enthusiasts and automotive journalists fortunate enough to have personally experienced the joy of driving these cars.

This Ferrari 275 GTB is offered with its Ferrari Classiche Certification Redbook confirming it as a numbers-matching example throughout.

A spectacular Ferrari 275 GTB possessing all the qualities one looks for in a drivable and desirable collector Ferrari, this numbers matching example rendered in stunning Fly Yellow and tan leather interior offers a visual motoring delight for enthusiasts who enjoy driving their cars. With its gorgeous Scaglietti coachwork, Pininfarina design, and remarkable mechanical advances, this highly desirable twelve-cylinder masterpiece of sports car design remains an enduring example of the glory days of sports car design and a lasting tribute to the Ferrari legacy.

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