Ferrari 275 GTB/C

During 1965, Ferrari produced another ten special berlinettas, designated “Competizione Clienti” and built for customers as dual purpose sports cars. These short-nose cars were fitted with six Weber 40 DCN3 carburettors sitting atop the essentially standard wet sump V-12 engine. An outside fuel filler cap in the right sail panel led to a large 140-litre gas tank, which replaced the usual 94-litre unit and resulted in the relocation of the spare tyre to sit vertically behind the gas tank. Consequently, the rear shelf on these cars was somewhat higher in appearance – another distinguishing visual feature. Three air vents in each rear fender further indicated the car’s sporting pretensions. Most cars benefitted from very lightweight alloy bodywork. As was often the case with Ferrari, however, no two cars were identical and it is virtually impossible to assign a standardised list of special features to every single “Competizione Clienti” 275 GTB.

The final run of specially built cars was the series officially referred to by the factory as 275 GTB/C. The other cars were not. These 9000 series chassis number cars carry a super lightweight long-nose alloy body and special lightweight frame, dry sump three-carburettor engines employing magnesium. Serious competition cars, they proved to be the last competition GT cars built by Mauro Forghieri and Ferrari’s racing department as the racing iterations of the later 365 GTB/4 were modified in Modena.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2009 at Ferrari S.p.A., Fiorano Modenese, Modena. 

300 bhp, 3,286 cc V-12 engine, six Weber carburettors, 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: 2,400 mm (94.5 in.)

Source: RM Auctions

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