An alloy-bodied 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB from the Maranello Rosso Collection will be among the highlighted offerings at the Bonhams Bond Street 2014 auction, scheduled for 30th November at Bonhams’ London headquarters on Bond Street.
James Knight, Bonhams International Motoring Director, said, “This is a wonderfully original, long-term preserved, Ferrari 275 ‘Longnose’ Berlinetta offered from the Maranello Rosso Collection. It is one of the finest examples of its type that we at Bonhams have ever had the privilege to offer.”
From 1964 to 1968 almost 800 Ferrari 275 Berlinettas were produced, but just a fraction were the desirable longnose alloy variants. This example, chassis 08035, has been inspected by Ferrari authority Marcel Massini who described the motor car as “… one of the very best cars from the Maranello Rosso Collection. A real gem.”
Finished in the ‘Verde Scuro’ shade of green, the Ferrari retains many of its original features, and has just 61,212 kilometers recorded on the odometer. 08035 was sold new on November 18, 1965, by SEFAC Spa to its first owner, Franco Palma, of Via Pergolesi, Rome, Italy, and the price paid was Lire 5,250,000.
Signor Palma was to keep the Ferrari for a little over 10 years, before selling it, in 1976, to Bellancauto SA of Rome, a company owned by mineral-water magnate, amateur racing driver and now legendary classic car collector Fabrizio Violati. Subsequently this completely unspoiled Ferrari 275 GTB became one of the star exhibits in the Violatti’s Maranello Rosso Collection museum in San Marino. The Ferrari carries a pre-sale estimate of £1,500,000 – £2,000,000.
With only 35 cars on offer, the Bonhams Bond Street 2014 sale will take place at Bonhams London headquarters on 30th November 2014. For additional information, visit Bonhams Bond Street.