1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C

This immensely desirable and highly usable Ferrari 275 GTB/C is the third of only 12 such Berlinetta Competizione models produced by the world-famous Maranello factory, and is absolutely not to be confused with the normal, standard production GTB models.

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.

Thor Thorson

Thor Thorson - SCM Contributing Editor

Thor grew up in northern Iowa. His father bought a red Jag XK 150 in the late 1950s, and that was all it took; he has been in love with sports cars , racing cars and the associated adrenaline rush ever since. He has vintage raced for more than 20 years, the bulk of them spent behind the wheel of a blue Elva 7. When he’s not racing, he is president of Vintage Racing Motors Inc., a collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support company based in Redmond, WA. His knowledge runs the full spectrum of vintage racing, and he has put that expertise to good use for SCM since 2003.

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