As Monterey Car Week approaches, a captivating sight awaits enthusiasts among the array of classic Ferraris up for auction: two exceptionally rare specimens of the Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy.
One of these treasures is a 1965 unrestored model, resplendent in a vibrant red hue, set to go under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s auction. Meanwhile, the Mecum auction will feature a 1966 example, radiating in a sunny yellow shade.
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Debuting at the 1964 Paris Auto Show, the Ferrari 275 GTB marked a significant milestone for the illustrious brand. It boasted a 3.3-liter V-12 engine and became Ferrari’s inaugural road car to incorporate a transaxle and independent rear suspension. Renowned for its exceptional blend of grand touring comfort and racing prowess, the 275 GTB quickly captured enthusiasts’ hearts.
The auctioned vehicles showcase the distinctive long-nose bodywork crafted by Scaglietti, which Ferrari introduced in mid-1965 to enhance stability at high speeds by reducing front lift. Each car is equipped with six carburetors and features a lightweight alloy body designed for racing, hence the esteemed “6C” and “Alloy” designations in their names.
The red car, bearing the chassis number 07809, holds the distinction of being the third long-nose 275 GTB and was prominently displayed by Ferrari at the 1965 Turin Auto Show. Initially acquired by privateer racer Luciano Conti, it embarked on an eventful journey, including participating in the 1966 Targa Florio race under the number 228. Unfortunately, mechanical issues forced its early retirement after completing only two laps.
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy with chassis number 07809 – Photo credit: RM Sotheby’s
Luciano Conti, renowned for his association with the magazine “Autosprint” where Enzo Ferrari himself contributed articles, eventually sold the car in 1966. Subsequently, it changed hands multiple times, including a period under the ownership of James Glickenhaus, founder of Glickenhaus Racing and a passionate Ferrari collector.
The yellow variant, identified by chassis number 08157, initially found its home with Pirelli, who utilized it for tire testing between 1966 and 1968. Notably, it exhibits unique rear fender flares, believed to have been added by Pirelli to accommodate wider tires during testing. An image of the car captured at a Pirelli test track graced the pages of L.J.K. Setright’s celebrated book “Ferrari.”
After fulfilling its tire testing duties, the car changed hands and passed through several owners until it was acquired by its present custodian in the mid-1990s. During a prior restoration, it received a striking yellow paint job.
Inevitably, the bidding for these extraordinary vehicles is expected to reach multimillion-dollar figures.
Monterey Car Week commences on August 11 and extends until August 20, culminating in the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ferrari 275 GTB/6C
What is the significance of the Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy?
The Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy holds great significance as a rare and coveted classic car. It was Ferrari’s first road car with a transaxle and independent rear suspension, making it notable for its engineering advancements. The “6C” and “Alloy” designations indicate its six carburetors and lightweight alloy body built for racing.
What are the details of the two Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloys up for auction?
One is an unrestored 1965 model in red, with chassis number 07809. It was showcased by Ferrari at the 1965 Turin auto show and later raced at the 1966 Targa Florio. The other is a yellow 1966 variant, chassis number 08157, originally used by Pirelli for tire testing and featuring unique rear fender flares.
Who were the previous owners of these Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloys?
The red model was initially purchased by privateer racer Luciano Conti and later passed through multiple owners, including James Glickenhaus of Glickenhaus Racing. The yellow variant was owned by Pirelli for tire testing before changing hands several times until its current owner acquired it in the mid-1990s.
Where and when will these Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloys be auctioned?
Both cars will be part of the auctions held during Monterey Car Week. The red model will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s, while the yellow model will go under the hammer at the Mecum auction. Monterey Car Week typically takes place from August 11 to August 20, culminating in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.