Rare 275 To Be Auctioned by RM Auctions in Monterey
The 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale, s/n 06701, was the first of only three works berlinetta competizione cars built for the 1965 season. They were, in fact, meant to be the 1965 GTOs, with a 320 hp, type 213/Comp 3,286 cc, lightweight block V-12 engine, with six Weber 38 DCN carburetors, a five-speed manual transaxle transmission, four-wheel upper and lower wishbone coil-spring independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes.
During late 1964 and early 1965, Ferrari built three 275 GTB/C Speciales, specifically for FIA homologation and factory development, each boasting unique details from the standard 275 GTB/Cs that would follow. All were fitted with super-lightweight aluminum bodywork, a Tipo 563 chassis constructed of smaller and lighter tubes, and the type 213/Comp dry-sump engine topped with six Weber carburetors first seen in the 250 LM, which was mounted lower in the chassis to lower the car’s center of gravity. This engine was specifically developed with big valves and cylinder heads, 9.7:1 compression ratio pistons, tipo 130 camshaft (10mm lift), and most of the auxiliary casings made in magnesium.
Completed in April 1965, chassis 06701, present here, was the first of the three 275 GTB/C Speciales built. It was uniquely hand built in all respects, as were the two cars that followed. Sadly, it saw no racing in 1965. It was sold directly by Ferrari to Pietro Ferraro in May of 1965, with an exterior color change by the factory from its original Rosso Cina to Grigio Scurro Metalizatto. Furthermore, the factory also fitted front half bumpers and full rear bumpers.
Ferraro sold it to Alessandro Gregori, and around this time the car had gained a silver band over its grey paint. It was sold to Colonel E.B. Wilson of London, who sold it to long-term owner Michel Pobrejeski. Within about the first decade of its life, three GTO style nose vents were cut into the bodywork, in order to provide better ventilation to the engine.
Ferrari collector Brandon Wang was the next owner of 06701, and he immediately decided to campaign the car in historic events. He entered it in the International Historic Festival at Goodwood and later at Tutte Le Ferrari in Mugello. Chassis 06701 proved to be highly competitive, and in an article written about the car in Cavallino (issue 110), Ferrari historian Keith Bluemel specifically mentioned its outing at Goodwood, stating that, “If a parallel could be drawn with its performance in the race to what it might have achieved during the 1965 season, then it would have been a very competitive package.” The following year, the car took to the Nürburgring for the Ferrari Racing Days and Shell Historic Challenge. The car was also shown at the VIII Automobiles Classiques Louis Vuitton Concours d’Elegance in Paris, and 06701 was driven on the 1997 Tour Auto by Derek Hill with his father Phil Hill riding along as navigator.
Following the completion of the restoration in 1998, the car was purchased by Cavallino Holdings (no relation). The year 2005 brought about two more public appearances for 06701, and it was displayed at the 14th Cavallino Classic in Palm Beach in January and was on the track at Laguna Seca for the Monterey Historic Races in August. Later it was sold to Chris Cox and then to its current owner.
Its appearance at RM Auctions gives someone a chance to obtain 06701, one of only three cars that had the evolution of the GTO concept. From RM: “Even within this exclusive group, 06701 stands out among its peers. Without even considering its almost unbelievable rarity, its matching numbers, its breathtaking design, or the pedigree of its family tree, it not only counts the 250 GTO series among its brothers but, more immediately, the two other 275 GTB/C Speciales, successors to the GTO, neither of which are likely to ever come up for sale and one of which holds a record that remains unbroken at Le Mans after a half century!”
Source: Info courtesy of RM Auctions; Image from Darin Schnabel