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Introduced in 1966, the 275 GTB/4 was the first four-camshaft engine to be used on a road-going Ferrari. Although the chassis was given a new type number of 596, it remained practically identical to the outgoing frame as featured on the two cam Series II Torque Tube model it was replacing. The Long Nose bodywork was almost identical to the late 2 cam models; the most obvious change was the bonnet bulge to allow suitable clearance for the carburettors air cleaner. The body was fabricated predominantly from steel albeit with aluminium for the doors, bonnets and boot lids. An all-alloy body was also available but by special order only. The engines were substantially different to before, featuring dual overhead camshafts and competition-inspired dry sump lubrication. It retained the 3285cc but output had risen to 300bhp at 8000rpm. Having begun late in 1966, GTB/4 production was discontinued two years later after the completion of 330 examples.
Undoubtedly the 4 cam is a much more useable Grand Tourer than its 2 cam contemporary benefiting from much greater torque throughout its rev range – in short a 4 cam is one of the finest driving cars for the road that first became available during the 1960's.
This example, chassis 10949, was sold to its first owner in February 1968, an Italian Gentleman called Toninelli. The car was finished in Dark Blue, with black leather seats and electric windows. After three years of ownership Toninelli sold the car to the famous English Photographer David Bailey, who was based in London and was living with his then wife the French actress Catherine Denevue. After a further 9 years in 1980 the car passed into the ownership of a prominent English collector, Nick Green. In 1990 the car returned to Italy for four years before being exported to the United States, where it has remained in the hands of the current owner since 2001. The car has been restored and is now finished in Rosso with Nero trim, having been displayed at Cavallino the car is in spectacular and original condition having only covered a believed genuine 37,000 miles.