1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta Grigio Mahmoud

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It is impossible not to stare at the liquid, sinuously stunning lines of the Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta, the final model of arguably one the most legendary runs in GT sports car history by any marque, beginning with the 250 GTO. Produced by Scaglietti, the GTB was clothed in an aluminum body, like its racing predecessors. The model was first released in 1964, though a second, “long-nose” version appeared as early as 1965. In 1967, Ferrari renamed the 275 to reflect its new four cam engine. The GTB/4 was the last incarnation of the 275 and was replaced by the 365 GTB/4 Daytona. The entire 275 GTB series numbered 970 cars produced until 1968, and only a handful of these were made with aluminum bodies. This car, serial No. 10717, has had the same owner since 1970, and there is some juicy provenance to go along with the story of this car for those who want to dig a little.

It will be sold by Mecum Auctions in Monterey, California on August 18-20, 2016, right before the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 21.

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Engine 3.3 liter V12 Weight --
Aspiration 6 Weber carbs Torque --
HP 300 HP HP/Weight --
HP/Liter 90.9 HP/Liter Range --
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from Ferrari Press Release
  • S/N 10717, Engine No. 10717
  • Purchased by Ferrari Mechanic Terry Myr in 1970
  • He retained the car until October 2015 upon which time selling it was a necessity
  • Original unrestored with one repaint in the early 1970s
  • Refinished in Grigio Mahmoud
  • Original 3,286cc four-cam V-12 engine
  • Six Weber carburetors
  • 5-speed manual gearbox
  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • Original Saddle Tan interior
  • Original glass and lenses
  • Upgraded AM/FM radio
  • Offered with the original owner's manuals, factory tool roll, wheel chock and bill of sale from 1970
  • The car had an odometer repair/replace
  • The correct mileage is believed to be just under 15,000 kilometers per Terry Myr

Late in 1964, Ferrari introduced two new cars, the 275 GTB and 275 GT Spyder, on similar chassis, and for the first time a Ferrari GT incorporated independent suspension at all four corners. The 275 also had 4-wheel disc brakes and an all-new rear suspension inspired by the 250 LM prototype racer that used parallel upper and lower A-arms with coil springs, Koni shock absorbers and a sway bar to control body roll. The 275 GTB was enveloped in a voluptuous new body designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti. Its similarities to the magnificent 250 GTO endurance racer were unmistakable; indeed, Sergio Pininfarina confirmed that he and his design team were directly inspired by Ferrari’s world championship-winning GT for the 275 GTB’s breath-taking shape. The 275 GTB’s long-hood, short-tail profile and recessed covered headlights were certainly familiar, but its higher belt and fender line gave the new car a more solid appearance and gentler, more-rounded contours. Set at a low angle, the wraparound windshield added to the 275 GTB’s aerodynamic shape, and its integrated rear spoiler directly recalled that of the GTO. Handsome cast alloy knock-off wheels replaced the traditional Borranis, but Ferrari still relied on Michelin’s excellent “X” radials. The 275-series Ferraris employed the final development of the “short block” V-12 engine designed by Gioacchino Colombo in 1947. This robust and flexible engine delivered 280 horsepower in the GTB, and was available with three Weber downdraft carburetors in standard form, with six as an option. Both the GTB and GTS utilized an all-synchronized 5-speed gearbox mounted at the rear in transaxle form—a Ferrari first. The 275-series signaled a change in Ferrari’s approach to building road cars, eschewing the practice of building thinly disguised racers to instead making comfortable and highly refined Grand Touring machines. As a result of the chassis revisions, most notably the independent rear suspension and relocated gearbox, the 275 GTB was not only faster than its predecessors but also more comfortable at the extremely high speeds for which it was designed. Engine development continued in the 275 GTB, and in 1966 it received a new version of the 3.3L V-12 engine with two overhead cams per cylinder bank, dry sump lubrication, 300 HP and a new designation: 275 GTB/4.

This example, purchased by Ferrari Mechanic Terry Myr in 1970, carries chassis number 10717 and its original matching engine, also number 10717. Original and unrestored but for a single repaint in Grigio Mahmoud in the early 1970s, it retains its original Saddle Tan leather interior, glass and lenses and presents in excellent overall condition. In addition to an upgrade to an under-dash AM/FM radio, the car received a repaired/replacement odometer; Mr. Myr believes the correct mileage is just less than 15,000 kilometers. This exquisite classic Ferrari is offered with the original owner's manuals, factory tool roll, wheel chock and bill of sale from 1970. Ferraris of this caliber, originality and rarity are seldom offered for public sale, making this a very special opportunity to move into the investment-grade Ferrari marketplace.