LMC is very proud to offer for sale this 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
At the Paris Motor Show in October 1966, Ferrari introduced 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 lay under the hood, where a revised version of Gioacchino Colombo’s short-block, 3.3-liter V-12 engine (now dubbed the Type 226) was fitted with dual overhead camshafts; this was the first appearance of such valve actuation in a production Ferrari road car. A slightly modified hood with a raised center section was added to the Scaglietti bodywork to accommodate the taller engine profile. The engine, also benefitting from dry-sump lubrication and the standard provision of six carburetors, developed 20 more horsepower than its predecessor, giving the nimble 275 chassis an added jolt of performance. 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.
According to the research of marque historian Marcel Massini the Ferrari 275 GTB/4 offered here for sale was completed in factory assembly in July 1967 and finished in Rosso Chiaro with Pelle Nera interior. This berlinetta was distributed in September 1967 to Société Anonyme pour la Vente des Automobiles Ferrari (SAVAF), the Swiss Ferrari importer in Geneva Switzerland owned by the renowned racing team sponsor Georges Filipinetti.
By 1970, the GTB/4 was exported to Algar Enterprises in Paoli, Pennsylvania, the famed marque importership founded by Al Garthwaite. The 275 was then sold to Kirk White in Philadelphia, as part of a deal that included a 275 GTS and a 250 GTO.
In June 1973 the Ferrari passed to Nicholas Simpson of Sterling, Colorado, and by October the following year it had been acquired by Daniel and Leo Shannon of nearby Loveland. Mr. Shannon invested in some maintenance to the berlinetta, commissioning a rebuild of the engine and transaxle, an electrical overhaul, and the installation of a new clutch and Borrani wire wheels. Following this work, the car was advertised for sale in December 1975, and was then purchased by Ferrari collector Joseph Moch of Grand Rapids, Michigan, whose collection included a 375 America coupe, a 250 GT Europa, and a 250 GT California Spider.
By 1984 the berlinetta was sold to Jean Banchet, a well-known French chef in Wheeling, Illinois, who owned the highly successful restaurant La Francais. In 1985 the 275 GTB/4 received a substantial refurbishment by the respected John Hajduk of Motorkraft in Indiana, after which the car was purchased around 1988 by Jake Weaver of Jackson, Mississippi.
In 1993, it was purchased by Bill Mitchell of Colleyville, Texas, who retained possession for at least four years while commissioning a reupholstering by Bob Smith Coachworks in nearby Gainesville. James Malouin of Banning, California, acquired the 275 GTB/4 in March 1998, soon after entrusting a full engine rebuild to the renowned marque expert Patrick Ottis of Berkeley, California. This work included significant attention to the block, cylinders, and crankshaft, as well as a rebuild of the carburetors and fuel pumps. The clutch and radiator were overhauled, the steering box and brakes were rebuilt, and the shocks were replaced, while proper rebuilt Borrani wire wheels were mounted with Michelin XWX tires.
By May 2005 the Ferrari was owned by Beth LeQuin and Bruce Miller of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Miller presented the car three months later at the Third Annual Quail Motorsports Gathering in Carmel Valley, California. At the end of the year the berlinetta was purchased by Steve Wolf and domiciled in Boca Raton, Florida.
Recently, the 275 GTB/4 underwent a significant restoration, including a freshening of the paint as needed and a re-trimming of the interior. Also, the undercarriage was completely restored by a Classiche-certified Ferrari dealership to concours quality. Around this time the Ferrari received full factory certification of authenticity with a Classiche Red Book, which demonstrates the berlinetta retains all of its matching-numbers mechanical equipment (including the original tipo 213 V-12 engine).
Today, it continues to display the immaculate benefits of the recent restoration and has been fastidiously maintained and a truly outstanding example. Not only is the car beautifully restored but it runs and drives just as well as it looks and is certainly ready for a concours or rally. This 275 GTB/4 is accompanied by a full set of manuals and tools and is documented with prior bills of sale, various invoices, and the Ferrari Classiche Certification Red Book.