1966 Ferrari 275 GTB 'Long Nose'

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The beautiful Ferrari 275 was built from 1964-1968 as a successor to the long-lived 250 series. In terms of styling, the Pininfarina-designed 275 was similar to the 250 GTO which ended production in 1964.

The 275 was powered by a 3.3 liter V12 engine designed by Gioacchino Colombo. Output for this car was 280 hp. The car breathes through three Weber twin-choke carburetors, and power is transmitted through a 5-speed manual transmission.

The GTB was offered with a longer nose in 1966 for improved downforce in the front of the car.

This car will be sold by Mecum Auctions in Monterey, California on August 18-20, 2016, right before the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 21.

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from Ferrari Press Release
  • S/N 08603, Engine No. 08603
  • One of approximately 58 long-nose, torque-tube, triple carburetor steel-bodied examples
  • Produced for the United States in Rosso Rubino with Nero interior
  • Sold new through Luigi Chinetti's east coast distributorship
  • Engine, transaxle and clutch rebuilt in the late 1970s by Bobileff Motorcars in San Diego, California
  • Restored in correct Rosso Rubino in the 1990s
  • First in Class at the Ferrari Club of America International Concours d'Elegance in 1994
  • Remained in the United States until 1994
  • Returned to the United States in 2015
  • Matching numbers 3286cc/280 HP V-12 engine
  • Triple Weber dual-choke carburetors
  • 5-speed manual gearbox
  • 4-wheel independent suspension with upper and lower wishbones, coil springs and tubular shocks
  • 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Accompanied by correct books and tools

The Ferrari 250 GT series of the late 1950s and early 1960s cemented the Scuderia’s reputation for producing sports and racing machines of unrivaled beauty and performance, culminating in the GT World Manufacturer’s champion 250 GTO and the hauntingly beautiful Berlinetta Lusso. At that point, advances learned in competition signaled a new generation in the form of the Ferrari 275 GT in both Berlinetta and Spyder configurations. Unveiled along with the convertible 275 GTS at the 1964 Paris Auto Salon, the 275 GTB was one of the most marvelous and lovely designs ever conceived by Pininfarina and executed by Scaglietti, both under the direct supervision of Il Commendatore.

Like its 250 GT predecessors the 275 GTB was designed for either touring or racing. It was powered by a 3.3L version of the Gioachinno Colombo-designed short-block V-12 engine, which had seen its first use in 1947. This sturdy and flexible powerplant delivered 280 HP at 7,600 RPM with the standard three Weber downdraft carburetors used to homologate the 275 GTB, with six available as an option. While the 275 GTB’s chassis was once again based on the tried-and-true ladder-type welded-steel tube frame, it was the first Ferrari road car to use all independent suspension. In place of the old live axle, the rear now employed uneven-length upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, Koni telescoping shock absorbers and a sway bar to limit body roll in cornering. Disc brakes were used at all four corners. The engine was located further back and lower in the chassis, and the 5-speed transmission was integrated with the differential, resulting in both a lower center of gravity and reduced polar moment for considerably improved cornering.

This sophisticated approach signaled Ferrari’s move away from adapting racing designs to road use and toward building dedicated Grand Touring machines combining superior performance with comfortable, even luxurious accommodations, at a time when fewer speed limits existed in either Europe or the Unites States. The 275 GTB could transport its passengers at extremely high speeds and deliver them from an extended trip without the stress or fatigue usually resulting from such spirited driving.

The 275 GTB’s sensational coachwork remains among the most beautiful Pininfarina designs ever, its Rubenesque contours recalling those of another classic Ferrari, the 250 GTO. Usually rendered in steel with aluminum doors, hood and trunk lid, it reprised the GTO’s long forward section, set-back cabin and Kamm tail with integrated spoiler. The difference was in the details; the 275 GTB featured a larger, more aggressive egg-crate grille and quarter bumpers, larger Plexiglas-covered headlight openings, flat circular tail lights and a larger wraparound windshield inspired by the competition 250 LM. Sharp forward-leaning vertical exhaust slots in the front fenders and reversed openings in the roof sail panels provided interesting counterpoints to the car’s rounded forms.

In 1966, Ferrari revised the GTB with a slightly longer and lower nose to reduce front end lift. Rear window area was increased for better visibility and the trunk hinges were mounted on the outside to allow slightly more luggage capacity. Mechanically, this so-called “long-nose” version also featured a torque-tube driveshaft enclosure that eliminated the vibrations inherent in an open driveshaft.

One of approximately 58 long-nose 275 GTBs incorporating the torque tube and triple Weber dual-choke carburetors, chassis number 08603 was produced for the North American market. It was sold new through Luigi Chinetti’s East Coast dealership and delivered in Rosso Rubino with a Nero interior with full leather seats. In the late 1970s, Bobileff Motorcars of San Diego rebuilt the car’s original engine, transaxle and clutch. After winning third in class at the second annual Vintage Ferrari Concours in Carmel Valley, California, in 1994 it was restored to the original Rosso Rubino. In August 1994, it was shown at the Ferrari Club of America International Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, California, where it earned an impressive first in class award before its purchase by an offshore buyer.

Chassis number 08603 returned to the United States in 2015 still wearing the same timeless combination of red over black with Borrani wires. It remains in sensational pristine condition with superb paint, a virtually flawless interior and exceptional mechanical detailing. Importantly, the correct tools and books accompany this matching-numbers jewel.

The long-nose, torque-tube 275 GTB is widely considered to be the ultimate version of the breed, possessed of timeless styling, exhilarating performance and impeccable road manners in the best Ferrari GT tradition. Carefully preserved over the last two decades, chassis number 08603 will unquestionably serve to elevate any Ferrari collection.