According to noted Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, this 275 GTB/C began its life in the summer of 1966. The chassis, bearing number 09067, was sent to Scaglietti’s facilities in Modena at the end of May, and the engine was assembled and dyno-tested by Ferrari at the end of July, providing 272 brake horsepower at 7,700 rpm. Ferrari issued a Certificate of Origin for the car on 16 August, and it was listed as sold by Ferrari S.p.A. on that same day to its first owner, not a racing team such as N.A.R.T. or Maranello Concessioniare, but a private company, Editoriale Il Borgo di Luciano Conti e C. S.a.s., of Milan. The car was then registered for road use under a Bologna license plate, BO 279382. It was retained under this ownership for less than a year before it was sold in March 1967 to Enrico Tronconi, of Milan, and re-registered under Milanese license MI F 52914.
Also strange for a competition-specification model, 09067 would not see action on the race track until it fell into the hands of its third owner, Vito Figlioli of Milan, in 1969. The car saw its first competitive outing at the hands of a man named Marchesi at the Colle San Eusebio Hill Climb. A picture of the car in the event was featured in the 1968-1969-1970 Ferrari Yearbook, in the section “The Privateers Who Win”.
In 1973, the car left Figlioli’s ownership and was purchased by Dr Paul Schouwenburg, of Amsterdam. For the next 22 years, the car remained in the Netherlands, in the hands of Cees Fokke Bosch from 1975 to 1985, and then it was purchased by Nico Koel in 1985. Koel also kept the car in his ownership for 10 years, before selling it to its current custodian in 1995. At that time, chassis number 09067 was registered in the United Kingdom.
It has seen frequent use in the form of vintage tours and rallies, including numerous outings on the Tour de France Automobile, Tour Auto. In addition, it made an appearance at the 40th anniversary of the Ferrari 250 GTO reunion in 2002 and attended the 275 Anniversary Tour in 2004.
This 275 GTB/C has been serviced by Chris Holly and his team of Ferrari specialists at The Light Car Company, who have continuously maintained the car since it was purchased by the current owner, and it recently underwent a full service, preparing it for the anticipation of more use with its next custodian. Chassis 09067 is finished in its original colour combination of Rosso Chiaro over the original Nero leather interior, and it has clearly seen careful preservation and care for its entire life. Attesting to its mechanical originality, it has also received Classiche certification.
Like most racing cars, many 275 GTB/Cs were subject to hard use and abuse at the hands of their original owners, with few surviving their early racing careers unscathed. As this example did not see frequent race use in its early days, it has undoubtedly become one of the most original 275 GTB/Cs in existence. As it still retains its original colour combination, interior, drivetrain, and character that accompanied the car when it was sold new, this GTB/C would surely be welcome at concours lawns around the world. It would also unquestionably be welcomed back on the Tour Auto and would remain eligible for similar events.
Amongst the hierarchy of alloy-bodied GT Ferraris, such as the 250 Tour de France, the 250 SWB Competizione, and the 250 GTO, the GTB/C sits near the top of the pyramid for obvious performance and rarity reasons. Offered here is a wonderfully pure example of those token few.
This 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C by Scaglietti chassis 09067, a fully matching-numbers example with Ferrari Classiche certification, is offered for sale at the upcoming RM Auctions Monaco sale, scheduled for May 10, 2014 in Monaco. It is expected to sell for €4,300,000 to €5,000,000.