At the Paris Motor Show in October 1966, Ferrari introduced the 275 GTB/4, an upgraded version of the 275 GTB that had debuted two years earlier. In most respects, the new car was nearly identical to its predecessor, as it also employed the long-nose body style that had been adopted later in the original 275’s production run, which prevented front lift at speed.
The major difference in the new car was under the hood, where an upgraded version of Gioacchino Colombo’s short-block, 3.3-liter V-12 engine was fitted with four overhead camshafts. The new engine developed 20 more horsepower than its predecessor, giving the nimble 275 chassis an added jolt of performance. The GTB/4 was also standard-equipped with a revised arrangement of the driveshaft in a solid torque tube, effectively eliminating vibration issues that often plagued the earlier variants.
The new four-cam 275 Berlinetta was Maranello’s most dynamic road car yet, and it would forever be remembered as the last of the classic, vintage V12 front-engine models; the forthcoming 365 GTB/4 would feature completely different aesthetics, marking a transition to 1970s styling. Only 330 examples of the 275 GTB/4 were produced before the model was discontinued in 1968, adding a degree of rarity to the revered Ferrari, as well.
The left-hand drive example we are thrilled to offer for sale was produced in September, 1967 and delivered to its first owner via Motor S.a.s. di Carla Allegretti e C., based in Rome, Italy. The car spent a short time in Italy before being sold to California, USA in 1974. It was sold again in the late 1980s after undergoing a restoration with Modena Sports Cars. In 1994 it was exported to Japan where it remained with the same family until 2009 before being purchased by a Swedish collector.
Shortly after, the decision was made to restore the car once more, during which it was treated to a bare metal respray in the wonderful shade of Oro Chiaro Metallizzato. The car has since been awarded Classiche Certification, confirming its matching numbers body, engine and gearbox as well as its original delivery date and location. It has also been recently documented by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini detailing its history, previous ownership and factory records.
This elegant and distinctively finished 275 offers continued enjoyment as a wonderful example of Maranello’s beloved Berlinetta. Contact us now for more information or to arrange a viewing.