1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta
Chassis No. 10059
Engine No. 10059
Following closely on the heels of the popular 250 GT models, the 275 was a 2-seater produced by Ferrari between 1964 and 1968. Introduced at the 1964 Paris Salon, the 275 GTB, or Grand Touring Berlinetta, was the first road car Ferrari designed to incorporate an independent rear suspension and a combination transaxle assembly. The lines of the coupe body, designed by Pininfarina and constructed by Scaglietti, are reminiscent of the prized 250 GTO. This 1967 Alloy Berlinetta is one of only 17 coupes constructed completely from aluminium, with the others built from steel with aluminum doors, hood, and rear lid.
The 275 GTB/4, introduced in 1966, was the first Ferrari engine with four overhead camshafts. The distinctive long nose helps prevent lift at the high speeds produced by the 3.3L 12-cylinder Columbo engine, fueled by six dual choke Weber carburetors. This GTB/4 is one of only 330 4-cam road cars produced, as stricter US emission laws ended production of the model in 1968.
Chassis 10059 was delivered new to Switzerland, as a wedding gift for a couple who took it with them to Canada. Ownership changed in 1974, after which the car was severely modified. Originally red paint with black interior, it was changed to brown metallic paint with cream interior and green carpets. An aftermarket sunroof was installed, along with large speakers on the rear shelf, front chromed grille guard, and other customizations. When we located and evaluated the car in 2010, it had all of its original components. Aside from the cosmetic changes noted above and with very little rust, it was an excellent candidate for a straight-forward authentic restoration.
We purchased this 275 GTB/4 Alloy Berlinetta for the current owner and proceeded to restore it to its original 1967 factory configuration, finishing the car in Rosso Chiaro paint with Nero interior. While many of these older paint formulas still exist, this particular red was unknown. Fortunately we found a sample of the original paint under the door sill during disassembly, and were able to use Glasurit's excellent paint mixing system to create a match.
Our efforts were rewarded at the 2012 Cavallino Classic, when this Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta was awarded a Platinum, for excellence in its class. Best of all, this road car was decreed Best of Show.