Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta

Unveiled at the Paris Salon in October 1964, Ferrari’s new berlinetta, the 275 GTB was an evolution of the preceding 250 GT cars such as the 250 GT “Lusso”. The 275 GTB was launched alongside its sister car, a spyder, which shared the same chassis and engine, the 275 GTS.

The aggressive styling of the 275 GTB is often regarded as being among the purest and most beautiful of any Ferrari built. Certainly, Pininfarina had created a true, timeless classic of sports car design, which was beautifully executed by Scaglietti. In October 1966 at the Paris Salon, Ferrari introduced the next evolution of the 275 GTB, the 275 GTB/4. Other than an increase in track by 24mm, the chassis was unchanged. Outwardly the new car was the same other than a full-length bulge down the bonnet to clear the six downdraft Webers.

The change in model designation simply reflected the single substantial difference between the GTB/4 and its predecessor; the V12 engine was fitted with four overhead camshafts, two per cylinder bank. This revised powerplant, known as Tipo 226, was directly derived from the 3.3- and 4.0-liter engines which powered the 275 and 330 P2 prototypes of the 1965 racing season. With remarkable mid-range torque and flexibility, this formidable powerplant was capable of propelling the new 275 GTB/4 to a top speed of 160 miles per hour. Competition power levels had been made available to Ferrari’s clients right off the showroom floor.

Ferrari had produced a car with perfect weight distribution that handled superbly. Perhaps one of the best summations of the GTB/4’s driving manners and performance abilities came from Grand Prix-winning, French racing driver, Jean-Pierre Beltoise.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

300bhp, 3,286 cc four overhead cam V12 engine, five-speed manual rear-mounted transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with upper and lower wishbones, coil springs and tubular shocks, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5" (2,400 mm).

Source: RM Auctions

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