Ferrari 275 GTB/C

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A superb example of the Gentlemen client racers of the 1960s the early competition 275s are amongst the most desirable yet well priced competition Ferraris.  

1 of 10 Competizione Clienti Cars Built - 1 of Just 3 RHD

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Following the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile's refusal in 1964 to homologate Ferrari's mid-engined 250 LM in the GT category, Ferrari looked to its upcoming road going 275 GTB. Introduced slightly later that year the 275 holds a special place in Ferrari's history as the cars were last true dual purpose Ferraris that were equally at home on the road or on the race circuit. Furthermore the elegant lines of the 275 Berlinettas are generally regarded as those of the last classical styled Ferrari, since later models took on a different styling direction. Needless to say the 275 was an extremely advanced car in a technical sense; a sophisticated chassis, fully independent suspension, and race-proven Colombo V-12 engine, now displacing 3.3 litres, it's no surpise that the end result was simply sensational and praised by journalists and critics the world over.

Whilst many "road-spec" 275s were raced there were three categories of Factory built competition 275s; The first two competition cars were 06003 and 06021 which received mild chassis modifications. Following these cars three more 275s were equipped with lightweight tube frames, six-carburettor dry sump engines and bodywork that, while clearly related to the 275 GTB, was markedly different with a 330 LM Berlinetta-style nose and Lusso-style air intake atop the bonnet. These cars took a clear inspiration form the out-going 250 GTO. During 1965, Ferrari produced another ten special berlinettas, designated "Competizione Clienti" and built for customers as dual purpose sports cars. These short-nose cars were fitted with six Weber 40 DCN3 carburettors sitting atop the essentially standard wet sump V-12 engine. An outside fuel filler cap in the right sail panel led to a large 140-litre gas tank, which replaced the usual 94-litre unit and resulted in the relocation of the spare tyre to sit vertically behind the gas tank. Consequently, the rear shelf on these cars was somewhat higher in appearance - another distinguishing visual feature. Three air vents in each rear wing further indicated this car's sporting pretensions and hinted to the 250 GTO which the cars replaced. Most cars benefitted from very lightweight alloy bodywork. As was often the case with Ferrari, however, no two cars were identical and it is virtually impossible to assign a standardised list of special features to every single "Competizione Clienti" 275 GTB.

The Ferrari presented here is one of the initial production series of ten "Competizione Clienti" cars built. One of just three right-hand drive examples, The Maranello concessionaires order book shows the car's desired specification as " Order 191 - 275 Competition Berlinetta - Rosso Cina with a Blue interior, alloy body, lightweight alloy wheels, Dunlop racing tyres and a Tour de France ratio axle" and of course the competition extras of 140-litre petro; tank, rear fender vents and quick release outside fuel filler cap.

The car was supplied in August 1965 , registered GGJ 5C to its first owner, the Irish Amateur Racing driver Harry Napier who raced the car in a number of events mostly in Ireland with success. Autosport on July the 8th 1966 reported on Harry Napier's somewhat fortunate win at the Kirkistown "as first Gorman (E-Type) and then Moffat (Ginetta) spun off and although restarted could not catch the Ferrari". The article also pictures Napier in the Ferrari battling with Gorman's in the early stages of the race. DK's founder David Cottingham purchased the car in 1977, David recalls purchasing the car for himself under streetlights in west London. David repainted the car and carried out some works before agreeing to sell the car on to Martin McGlone a few years later.

Mr McGlone owned the car from for almost thirty years from 1978 until 2005. During his ownership the cars was regularly maintained and serviced by specialists including DK and was exercised regularly including on track. The car was raced by Martin himself and featured in many of the "Shell Historic Ferrari Challenge" and was raced at many great circuits including, Silverstone, Le Mans, Monza Dijon, the Nurburgring and many more. Following a racing accident in 2003 the car was restored and rebuilt in Italy. In 2005 the car was purchased by Sir Anthony Bamford. In this 6 year ownership the car saw further on track action including at the Famous Goodwood Revival and the Le Mans Classic as driven by Alain de Cadenenet. The engine and gearbox was prepared by Piet Roelofs and the car was technically prepared by JCB's own team.

In 2011 the car was purchased by the current owner, in whose care the car has been meticulously maintained by DK Engineering and partially converted to a specification more suitable for use on the road for example the removal of the roll cage.

The car today is presented in beautiful condition and in the original specification of Rosso Cina with Blue seats. This exceptional competition Ferrari has a documented history from new and is believed to have had just five owners from new and still registered on its original registration number of "GGJ 5C". As well suited to racetracks of Le Mans, Goodwood or Silverstone as to the road for tours and rallies, this rare competition Clienti 275 GTB is eligible for all of the most desirable historic car events. A superb example of the Gentlemen client racers of the 1960s the early competition 275s are amongst the most desirable yet well priced competition Ferraris.

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