1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Berlinetta

Ferrari’s highly successful 250 series was superseded in 1964 by the 275. In Ferrari nomenclature of the period, a model’s designation reflected the cubic capacity of an individual cylinder. The newcomer displaced 3.3 liters-up from its predecessor’s 3 liters-and was thus called the 275. The V12 engine remained the familiar Colombo type in standard form producing 280 horsepower at 7,600 rpm. A higher, 300-horsepower state of tune employing six Weber carburetors was available, and this was used for the handful of 275 GTB/C (Competition) models built.

Despite its near-perfect appearance, revisions to the original 275 GTB were soon executed: a longer hood, enlarged rear window and external trunk hinges being introduced towards the end of 1965. Mechanically the only major change was the adoption of torque tube enclosure of the prop shaft.

Sold new in Ferrara, Italy, the car pictured here was supplied in June 1965 to a good client of the factory, who specified the six-carburetor set-up and coachwork in Rosso Chiaro with black leather upholstery. According to the factory, he returned chassis 7269 to the works for regular servicing and went on to own numerous other Ferraris into the current era.

This car has been uprated to “longnose” bodywork and retains its original interior, including even the protective plastic covering over the footwell carpets. The odometer reading of 86,000 kilometers is commensurate with the condition of the car, which appears to be largely original. Recent maintenance has been entrusted to Garage Symbol in Matran.

Steve Ahlgrim

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Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.

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