SOLD 08/11

1966 Ferrari
275 GTB

Fresh Restoration of the Highest Caliber. Matching Numbers, Build Sheets, and Known History From New.

  • VIN8539
  • Exterior ColorDark Blue (PPG concept DCC)
  • Interior ColorNero 8500
  • Mileage32774 Kilometers
  • Engine3.3 Litre 12 Cylinder
  • Engine no.8539
  • Transmission5-Speed
  • StatusSold
  • StockFJ1086


1966 Ferrari 275 GTB
s/n 8539, Engine no. 8539
Dark Blue with Black Leather and Cloth Inserts

Achingly beautiful, rare, and mechanically sophisticated, the Ferrari 275 GTB embodies everything that makes classic Ferraris sought-after and unique. The first 275’s appeared in 1964, employing an enlarged 3.3 litre version of Ferrari’s venerable Colombo-designed V12. The car featured many innovative features not found in the earlier 250, including a rear mounted transaxle for improved weight distribution, independent rear suspension, and 5-speed transmission. The cars were continuously developed, as was Ferrari’s convention, including the development of the long nose variant, which incorporated a host of mechanical improvements, including torque tube to improve the stability and durability of the driveline. The body was subtly restyled, resulting in the “long nose” variant.

This is one such long nose torque tube example, and it has had a recent high caliber restoration. Originally silver with a black interior, this car was assembly sequence number 389 and Scaglietti body number 391. It was originally sold on the 25th of May 1966 by Ferrari dealer CECAR S.r.l. in Rome to a Girolamo Fani-Ciotti for 5,750,000 lire. The car was serviced at the factory for the first few years of its life, and was sold on to an owner in California in the early 1970’s. The car was color changed to blue at this time. In 1977, it was acquired by a John Kelly, who owned the car until 2007, when it was acquired by Bruce Canepa and restored. The engine was rebuilt by Phil Reilly and the transaxle was done by Patrick Ottis. Other work included rebuilding the suspension in its entirety (including bushings, tie rod ends, shocks), rebuilding the brake and fuel systems, rechroming all items including small interior trim pieces, refinishing the interior wood and fitting new weatherstripping.

The car’s current owner is a fastidious perfectionist and has spent much time further sorting the car with Brian Hoyt of Perfect Reflections to make it more correct. This included replacing the carpet, exhaust system, new fan, miscellaneous clamps, refinishing and rehanging the bumpers, and performing detail work. The total spent was around $50,000.

Consequently, the car is now in stunning condition. The paintwork and bodywork were beautifully executed, and the gaps are excellent. The chrome is also extremely nice, as are the wheels, and the car has a very fresh appearance. The lights and glass are also excellent, and the car has the correct Scaglietti headlight covers, Carello headlamps, and twin stalk Carello wiper inserts. The wheels have been beautifully restored and wear the correct Michelin XWX tires, as well as the wire-wheel appropriate spinners.

The interior is excellent order as well. The steering wheel, dashboard, and instruments have all been beautifully restored, though there is a small crack in the horn button. The seats and carpets have also been redone and are excellent, and the plastic covering on the transmission tunnel has been reproduced as well. The car is fitted with competition-style belts, and the chrome trim is excellent throughout, having been redone during the restoration. The headliner is also lovely, and is of the correct material.

The engine compartment is beautifully clean, detailed, and correct. The trunk was also included in the restoration and is extremely nice, being correctly upholstered and refinished, including the polished Borrani spare with XWX tire. The car comes with original manual set and Ferrari holder.

This is an outstanding opportunity to acquire a stunning long nose 275. Following a comprehensive restoration by the best in the business, the car simply sparkles. The car has known history for almost its entire life, and is a wonderfully elegant example in its lovely dark blue livery.

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