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 also 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 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 just 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. This upgraded engine specification meant the 275 finally had a motor to match its credibly up to date design with disc brakes and independent suspension all round. In short a 4 cam is one of the finest driving cars ever produced by Ferrari, to many the epitome of La Dolce Vita, "the Ultimate Grand Tourer", the "4cam" is now one of the most widely appreciated and in demand collector cars.
This stunning and totally restored 275 GTB/4 left Maranello in 1968 and was supplied to the official dealer "M. Gastone Crepaldi S.a.S" in Milan who sold the car to its first private owner Giancarlo Crepaldi, an industrialist living in Milan. The car was originally supplied in the beautiful colour of Blu with Nero leather. Keeping the car for two years, the car was sold to its second owner in 1970.
David Bailey, the infamous British photographer, bought the car whilst living in London with his then wife, the French actress Catherine Denevue. Using the car regularly, he kept it for ten years before selling it to Nick Green, a prominent Cobra collector in 1980. In 1990 the car returned to Italy for four years before being exported to the United States where it was refinished in Rosso over Nero until 2013. It was displayed at the Cavallino Classic in 2010 registered on the Connecticut registration plate, ‘67 GTB’. In 2014 it was awarded its red book Classiche Certification.
In 2017, #10949 benefitted from a second, comprehensive restoration during which time it was both resprayed and retrimmed to the combination you see it presented in today. Having covered just 180 miles since, this example wants for nothing and is available to view at our showrooms just outside London immediately.