This Left Hand Drive Ferrari 275 GTB/4 was completed at the factory in January 1967, it was delivered new to its first owner in Switzerland a couple of months later, Mr Panchaud of Lausanne. Then in circa 1969 the car was purchased by Peter Sellers CBE. An avid petrolhead, Sellers had owned a number of cars including both a 250 GTE and 500 Superfast. With quite the eclectic taste, he sold the white GTE after a week, reportedly falling out of love with the colour- hoping it might change after a week in the sun! Spending much time in Geneva at the time, the car was used as his daily driver for several years. The car was regularly seen and a number of photographs exist of him with the car. At the time of his ownership, the car was finished in Celeste over Biscuit hide as it presents today.
In 2015, having spent nearly 40 years finished in Rosso Corsa over Nero, DK Engineering were later tasked with a comprehensive bare metal restoration. The car was stripped down by hand, revealing very original metalwork underneath, although much in need of treatment in those prone areas. The job was absolutely and totally comprehensive as is DK’s way, even the fibreglass floors were removed and restored (often left in place during restoration). The car was found to be in good original order with traces of the Celeste paint clearly evident making it easy to match the shade perfectly.
Once painted the entire mechanical assembly and wiring loom were refitted to the car having being totally restored at DK whilst the metal and paint work was being executed. Whilst tried and in need of work, the components wee found to be in the main the original items that were able to be restored and conserved. Of course the engine and transaxle were both totally dismantled and rebuilt to original specifications with all new consumable parts where required such as pistons, valves and bearings. Great car and attention was paid to the engine in particular to apply our in house modifications that hep over come the inevitable oil leaks of a 4 cam that come about as a result of a flaw in the original design and equally, something only possible to rectify as a result of a extreme knowledge of the marque.
As is common practice for our concours restorations, the car was sent to world famed O'Rourke Coachtrimmers who installed the interior, once more in Biscuit VM3218 Hide. Completed in mid-2019, the car has completed its post restoration shakedown as is required by our fastidious approach when around 1,000 kms were covered by those involved in the restoration to ensure the car today is in perfect running order, with all imperfections now corrected and the running in service complete.
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