Completed in March 1965, this example is one of only a handful of 275 GTBs fitted with six Weber 40 DCN carburettors from new. Supplied new to Count Vittorio Zanon di Valguriata in Turin, former president of the Italian ASI (Automotoclub Storico Italy) and a well-known car enthusiast and collector. Correspondence in the file between Enzo Ferrari and the young Count references ' In view of your sporting driving style, I have fitted six carburettors to your new car’ belying the original and elegant specification of Blu Scuro Metallizato over Grey Conolly Leather.
Purchased in 1980 by Pier Paolo Apicella, the car would reside among a number of other significant motor cars. Fascinated by Alber Obrist's collection of racing Ferraris cared for by Autofficina Sauro, he commenced a comprehensive restoration with them and tasked Brandioli with modifying the bodywork of his 275. In the workshop was Obrist's 275 GTB/C. Apicella requested a number of modifications inspired by the competition history of this car. Brandioli added 250 GTO - style air vents into the rear wheel arches, 250 LM - styled faired-in driving lights, triangular power bulge and an outside fuel-filler cap before refinishing the car in Bianco Polo Park as it presents today.
In late May 2020, we commenced a full bare metal restoration. We have chronicled our progress both with photographs at every stage, and videos to illustrate the works carried out. After disassembly, the paint was removed and Bodylines of Northampton tirelessly reshaped and reworked the body to remove the later additions and to return the car to its original specification. At the same time, the engine was rebuilt in-house ready to be placed in the car in the closing stages of restoration.
With the bodywork completed, the car returned to DK for a dry fit before the bumpers were sent to be chromed. With all pieces aligned, the car was sent to renowned SprayTec of Northampton to be returned to its original Blu Scuro Metallizzato hue. In late 2021, resplendent once more in its original colour scheme, the 275 entered final assembly at DK. With the engine, gearbox and suspension components re-added, the car left us for the final trip prior to completion. Interior masters O'Rourke Coachtrimmers full returned the interior to its original build specification of grey leather hide. With the winter weather upon us, the car received its first post-restoration miles on our inhouse dyno, safe from prying eyes and salted roads.
This fabulous 275 made its way to the USA for its public reveal at Palm Beach Cavallino Classic in January 2022. The car was a big hit with both judges and attendees alike, winning a Platinum award at the Concours on Saturday at The Breakers, followed by Excellence in Class at Classics & Sports Sunday at Mar-a-Lago.
Images courtesy of Scott Paterson & Alex Penfold.