Here was a purebred endurance-racing competition car whose fundamental bodyshape and basic technical specification were almost the only characteristics it shared in common with the production model it represented on the great race circuits of the world.
The 275 GTB/C on offer here was signed off as complete on June 14, 1966, and the following day saw chassis 09027’s sale formalized, its first owner being Ferrari’s celebrated Belgian concessionaire Jacques Swaters, for use by his Ecurie Francorchamps team at Le Mans. The car was co-driven by the highly experienced northern French pairing of Pierre Noblet and Claude Dubois, finishing 10th overall that year.
The Ferrari 275 GTB was, of course, the first production model from Maranello to combine their much-loved front-mounted V12, not only with a rear-mounted transaxle-type gearbox but also with all-independent suspension. The GTB/C featured a stiffer variation of the standard steel chassis frame, clothed in thin-gauge lightweight aluminum coachwork, with thinner windows, and an oil filler under a flap in the right front wing to supply the now dry-sump 275LM-like V12 engine.
This particular example’s Le Mans 24-hour race provenance makes it a very special Berlinetta Competizione indeed. Offered here in immaculate condition complete with registration documents, history file and invoices for work carried out, this is a beautiful and rare front-engined Ferrari to make all enthusiasts weak in the knees.