When it comes down to valuable classic Ferrari models, the beautiful Ferrari 275 GTB and 275 GTB/4 are definitely at the top of the list. Designed by Franco Scaglione of Pininfarina the Ferrari 275 GTB was first unveiled by Italian auto maker Ferrari at the 1964 Paris Motor Show, alongside the Ferrari 275 GTS. Production of the Ferrari 275 GTB and 275 GTS began in 1964 and the beautiful Ferrari 275 stayed in production for just four short years, from 1964 – 1968. In my opinion the Ferrari 275 GTB is the best of the 275 series and I am absolutely positive that I am not the only one that feels this way.
According to various motoring publications, from 1964 – 1966 Ferrari managed to produce just 450 examples of the Ferrari 275 GTB, with 204 of the 450 being “short nose” models while the remaining 246 examples were all “long nose” models. Despite being a spectacular luxury grand tourer in its day, the Ferrari 275 GTB was also a rather successful motorsport challenger. Yes it is true, the racing spec version of the gorgeous Ferrari 275 GTB known as the Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione participated in numerous motorsport events which included the Rally of Monte Carlo and even the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.
As expected, Ferrari only produced around a dozen 275 GTB Competizione’s and today these vehicles are extremely rare and highly sought after. In fact, in 2015 a show winning 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction for a whopping $9.4 million. However, despite being extremely rare and highly sought after not all Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione’s are show winning garage queens. In fact, some 275 GTB Competizione’s had a very hard life, like the vehicle featured in this article for instance. What you are looking at is a pristine 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione and it underwent an extensive restoration recently at the hands of Ferrari Classiche Division.
From what we can ascertain, this 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione (chassis number: 09027) was sold at a Bonhams auction in Monte Carlo back in 2004, and a few years later Ferrari Classiche managed to get their hands on it. As expected, this particular Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione has quite an interesting motorsport history, in fact it left the Ferrari factory on 14 June, 1966 and just four days later it was entered into the 24 Hours of Le Mans where it managed to claim a second place finish in its class. Besides its impressive second place class finish at Le Mans, this Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione managed to win the Mont Ventoux Hillclimb but it sustained serious damage when it crashed at the Nurburgring during the Marathon de la Route race.
However, this 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione was shipped back to Maranello, Italy where it was expertly repaired by Carrozzeria Scaglietti, who were the peoplewhich originally built this particular example. After this Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione was repaired, it was sold off to amateur racer Patrick McNally in 1967. PartrickMcNally went on to change the exterior colour of this 275 GTB Competizione from it’s original shade of Giallo Fly yellow to silver, however Patrick McNally wrecked it at the 1,000 km of Montlhéry and once again this Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione was in need of repairs. The vehicle did eventually get the repairs it needed, this time it was repaired by UK based Maranello Concessionaires Ltd. who resprayed the vehicle Rosso Corsa red.
According to Ferrari, this particular 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione (chassis number: 09027) changed hands numerous times and bounced from owner to owner before it sold at auction in Monte Carlo back in 2004, and by the time Ferrari Classiche managed to get their hands on this vehicle it was already in a very sorry state. As a result, when this 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione rolled into the Ferrari Classiche workshop for the first time it had a non-original Rosso Corsa red exterior paint finish, the air intakes were mismatching lengths, the front suspension had an extra shock, certain areas of the once beautiful bodywork had been reshaped, and several other original components had been swapped out for non-original replacement parts.
Some of the original components which were swapped out for non-original replacement parts included the oil recovery tank, front brake discs, petrol tank, exhaust system, wheels, tires, steering wheel, and most of the interior. According to Ferrari, even the vehicle’s identification plaque had been changed, but luckily the most important components of this vehicle, the chassis and the engine were kept all original. During the extensive restoration process, Ferrari Classichereplaced/repaired the body work, suspension, brakes, interior, gas tank, oil pan, wheels, exhaust system and repainted this 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione in it’s original shade of Giallo Fly yellow. Although Ferrari have not said anything, it is more than likely that this 275 GTB Comeptizione’s engine and transmission have been rebuilt too.
As a result of all the time, hard work and meticulous attention to detail, Ferrari Classiche have managed to bring this 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione back from the dead and back to Ferrari factory standards. This once abused Ferrari racer now looks absolutely brilliant and it now proudly wears its original number 57 once again. Unfortunately, Ferrari did not mention how long the restoration process took, and as expected they also haven’t mentioned how much it cost. However, money and time aside I am extremely happy that this 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione has been given a second chance at life and together with its fascinating racing history, this vehicle can now be enjoyed by future generations for many years to come.
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