1965 Ferrari 275 GTB by Scaglietti
| Culver City, California
- One of approximately 185 short nose, three-carburetor, steel body examples produced
- Factory finished in the attractive combination of Grigio Argento over Nero
- Offered publicly for sale for the first time in nearly 40 years
- Benefits from over $140,000 USD in mechanical servicing completed since 2019
- Ferrari Classiche Certified (Red Book) in October 2020
- Powered by its original, numbers matching engine
- Documented by marque historian Marcel Massini
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By 1963, it had become increasingly apparent to Ferrari’s engineering team that the long-running and highly successful 250 GT series of road cars had reached the end of its development potential. Despite the fact that Ferrari was drifting toward a more luxurious base V-12 car, the company still wanted to maintain its fine tradition of dual-purpose GT racing cars, which had cemented its considerable sporting reputation. Renowned British racer Michael Parkes, at the time a Maranello works driver, participated in considerable testing and proved to develop a replacement model for the 250 GT platform, one that ultimately drew notably from the 250 GTO, with its long front hood and short rear deck. The resulting 275 GTB debuted to great acclaim at the 1964 Paris Motor Show, appearing in tandem with a companion open-top spider version.
Built by Scaglietti, the 275 GTB retained the sporting characteristics of prior Ferrari GT racers. It featured the final development of the classic single-overhead-cam Colombo short-block design, which was now enlarged to displace 3,286 cc. Optimal weight balance was achieved by mounting the gearbox directly to the rear axle, a rear transaxle design that would become a standard practice in many ensuing Ferrari road cars. The 275 is also notable as the first Ferrari for the street to feature an independent suspension on all four wheels, an innovation that eventually took hold across automobile manufacturing.
A year after the 275 GTB’s 1964 debut, a second series was unveiled that featured a longer nose, a modification intended to aid aerodynamic downforce at high speeds. Despite the technical improvements, many enthusiasts prefer the first-series cars’ proportions and purity of design, and early short-nose examples are among the most sought after variants due to their beauty, incredible driving experience and event access which ranges from the world’s top Concours d’Elegance to the racing rallies such as the Tour Auto.
The 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB on offer, chassis 07237, was delivered new to dealer VECAR s.r.l in Rome, Italy and first registered to a real estate financing firm called SOPEFIME S.p.A.. The car’s accompanying factory records indicate 07237 was specified as a shortnose ‘Series I’ GTB in Grigio Argento over Nero upholstery, steel bodywork, Campagnolo ‘starburst’ magnesium wheels, triple Weber carburetors, and Koni shocks. After passing through at least two subsequent Italian owners between November 1967 and December 1972, 07237 was acquired by an as-of-yet unknown American tifosi and exported from Italy.
07237 reappears within the historical record when offered for sale in August 1979 by its owner, Lonnie George of Wilmington, Delaware. The car is subsequently passed to W. Brian Johnson of McLean, Virginia via a Chicago, Illinois dealership in March 1981. In June of 1981, Johnson exhibited his new acquisition at the 18th Annual FCA National Meeting in Asheville, North Carolina. Ownership notes from Johnson on file shows that he had the car’s powertrain completely overhauled at this time; he sold 07237 in March 1983 to the consignor, with whom it has been meticulously cared for and thoroughly enjoyed over the past 38 years.
Invoices on file date back to 1984; they conclusively illustrate that 07237 has benefitted from many years of regular maintenance completed by several noted specialists including Rick Mancuso’s Lake Forest Sports Cars of Lake Forest, Illinois and Continental Autosports of Hinsdale, Illinois.
For reasons presently unknown, the engine of this 275 GTB, along with two other cars, were all swapped early in their lives. In 2009, after researching the whereabouts of the other cars and confirming which engine originally belonged in each car via the internal numbers listed on the Factory build sheets, the respective owners agreed to a multi-car engine swap. This saw 07237 receive back its original engine, which is now confirmed via the Ferrari Classiche Red Book.
Invoices on file from Continental Autosports and other subcontracted specialists show over $140,000 USD of work was provided to 07237 between February 2019 and December 2020. The car’s original engine block was privy to a complete teardown followed by cleaning, sounding, rehoning, and the fitment of any internals which required replacement-- namely piston rings, studs, wrist pins, and a single piston rod. For a complete list of updated parts please reach out to an RM specialist, though notable line items include new head gaskets, plugs, ignition wires, radiator relay, brake master cylinder, and a complete suite of engine consumables.
Additional components receiving a complete rebuild include the Weber DC40 carburetors, steering box, thermostat, water pump, fuel pump, starter, throttle linkages, and distributor. The exhaust manifolds were ceramic coated and surrounded by a set of custom heat shields provided by McCabe Restoration of Mundelein, Illinois.
By October of 2020, 07237 had successfully achieved certification from Ferrari Classiche. This attractive 275 GTB retains many of its original finishes and correct components throughout including its Koni shocks, body panels, carburetors, Campagnolo “starburst” magnesium wheels, Dunlop disc brakes, and engine. 07237’s current combination of silver grey paintwork over a black leather interior is a handsome aesthetic rounded out by an attractive talbot-style mirror and fresh Michelin XWX tires.
This desirable, highly original, and Ferrari Classiche certified 275 GTB is now accompanied by a tool roll, manuals, jack, maintenance invoices, Ferrari Classiche Red Book, and a copy of its original build sheet, Massini Report, and Italian ACI registrations.