Gooding & Company Unveils a Ferrari 275 GTB Prototype
Classic Ferraris always make the headlines, but the latest on offer from Gooding & Co is more than just a little special, a 275 GTB Prototype that raced in the legendary 1966 Monte Carlo Rally. “It’s always exciting for me as an enthusiast to present not just great examples of significant motor cars, but also pieces of history that represent a significant chapter in that marque’s story,” notes David Gooding, President and Founder of Gooding & Company. “We feel honoured to be selected to present such great cars as the rare prototype for the famed 275 GTB model line.”
The car presented here, chassis 06003, is the foundation for the entire 275 GTB program – it was the very first example built and served as Ferrari’s prototype and development car. This prototype would be used to test numerous features and upgrades that would eventually be introduced into production cars. Most notably, the Scaglietti coachwork was updated to the long-nose style, which became standardised after approximately 250 cars were built.
Ferrariracing manager, Eugenio Dragoni, and managing director, Ugo Gobbato, had a desire to test the 275 GTB in a rally and gather technical information on the model’s innovative new features, namely its transaxle and independent rear suspension. Before it could go racing, 06003 was equipped with special rally equipment including auxiliary rally lights, reinforced glass, a 75% locking differential, a modified hood, a third windshield wiper and second rearview mirror for the navigator.
In January 1966, 06003 was entered into the 35th annual Monte Carlo Rally painted in the bright Giallo Prototipo (Prototype Yellow) with Giorgio Pianta driving and Roberto Lippi navigating. Pianta would go on to describe this experience as “the most beautiful memory of my life,” in the 1991 issue of Ferrari World magazine. Tucked away in a private collection for the last 25 years, 06003 is presented much as it was in that famed rally. Without question, this one-of-a-kind 275 GTB is one of the most fascinating, charismatic, and distinctive Ferraris of all time.