A Tale of Two 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB 2-Cams

1964 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta

Chassis number 06663 was originally built as a short-nose model with a steel body. Factory records show that the car was originally finished in Azzurro (blue) with Pelle Nera (black leather) interior.

Less than two weeks after it was sold to its first owner, 06663 was sold again. The new owner quickly put the car to work on the hillclimb circuit. Around the end of 1966, the owner ordered a long-nose front section from Scaglietti and had it grafted on the car. Around that same time, the engine was converted from three carburetors to six carburetors and the car was resprayed white.

The car was then put back in hillclimb service, where it performed so well that it was featured in the 1967 official Ferrari yearbook.

Later, the car was sold to the U.S., repainted yellow and passed through a couple more owners before being returned to European ownership.

The vendor has reinstalled the original Abarth side exhaust and fitted the car with Borrani wire wheels. Otherwise, the car retains its hillclimb configuration. Rarer — and quicker — than a 250 GT SWB, yet considerably less expensive than a 250 GTO, the 275 GTB is a landmark model.

1964 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta

This car was sent to Auto Becker for display at the Frankfurt International Motor Show of 1965. It was delivered in short-nose configuration and was finished in Azzurro (blue) with a Nero (black) interior. Sometime following the September show, 07743 was sent overseas to the United States, where it eventually wound up in California. While there, the front was modified to long-nose configuration.

Chassis 07743 passed through several other hands, and in 1999 it was sold to a well-known collector, who in 2008 commissioned Dutch-based restoration firm Hietbrink Coachbuilding to completely restore the car back to the original specifications — including the short-nose configuration and original paint scheme.

This 275 GTB remains in spectacular condition, having been used very little since its restoration. 07743 comes complete with correct Borrani wire wheels, a restoration file, a full dossier of restoration photographs, and owner’s books. Importantly, the car comes with full Ferrari Classiche certification.

In the final analysis, the 275 GTB is one of the greatest Ferraris ever built: a sophisticated, powerful, competent, high-performance berlinetta that looks as good as it runs.

Steve Ahlgrim

Steve Ahlgrim - SCM Contributing Editor

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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