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Thursday, June 3, 2021

One of the greatest Ferraris of all time

As we all knew, if the world's automotive manufacturers would be produced a car model, the process is almost always preceded by the presence of a prototype model. No exception such the following Ferrari 275 GTB model is produced by the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy to replace the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, in which its production started after the Ferrari 275 GTB Prototipo had been built first.
Born into a life of excitement, this Ferrari 275 GTB Prototipo spent the last 25 years in a private collection. (Picture from: Enzari)
Amazingly, Motor Trend Classic puts the Ferrari 275 into third place on the list of the 10 greatest Ferraris of all time, behind the Ferrari 250 GTO and Ferrari 365 GTB. Not only that, the legendary Ferrari 275 GTB Prototipo once enlivened the racing track in its heyday. In its history this car is well documented, even though the last 25 years have been hidden by a collector.
The Ferrari 275 GTB Prototipo intended to mark the start of the 275 model series in 1964, and is built with the chassis number of #06003, assembly serial number #1 at the Ferrari's Foglio Allestimenti factory. (Picture from: CarAndDriver)
The mentioned car known as the only Ferrari 275 GTB Prototipo built in 1964. The car built at the Ferrari Foglio Allestimenti factory on the chassis number of #06003, and assembly serial number #1. The Ferrari's sports car has appearence of a short-nose styled bodywork and is powered by an 3.3 liter V12 engine.  

In its heyday, the Ferrrari 275 GTB was the highly anticipated continuation of the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta. So at the time, it showcases many technical innovations including a five-speed rear-mounted transaxle and the first independent rear suspension for a Ferrari car.
The Ferrari 275 GTB Prototipo is equipped with special rally equipment including auxiliary driving lights, reinforced glass, a 75-percent locking differential, a radiator blind, a modified hood and a third windshield wiper. (Picture from: Tempo)
The Maranello-based premium car manufacturer used this prototype until the spring of 1965, which served for photographic and promotional purposes. Furthermore, the prototype also served as a revised mean for the cars that will later enter production.  

Interestingly, in the Ferrari 275 GTB Protitipo biography said that it used as one of the manufacturer supported rally cars. According to the Automobile Club d'Italia records, the car's first private owner was Pasquale Ramera of Coccaglio, Italy, who acquired it in April 1965.
The Ferrari 275 GTB Prototipo has appearence of a short-nose styled bodywork and is powered by an 3.3 liter V12 engine. (Picture from: ClubAlfa.it)
The Ferrari 275 GTB Prototipo is equipped with special rally equipment including auxiliary driving lights, reinforced glass, a 75-percent locking differential, a radiator blind, a modified hood and a third windshield wiper. Reportedly, the car also had used as a test vehicle for two tire brands, namely Dunlop and the Finnish tires of Rengas Alas.  

This sportscar was quite a surprise to many, as it appeared on the starting line of the 35th annual Monte Carlo Rally of the 1966 using the rally livery no. #43 and is registered as an official participant under the Milan-based racing team Scuderia Sant'Ambroeus.
Eventually, the car ended up in America in the hands of the famous Ferrari collector Charles "Chuck" Wegner. He then sold it to an anonymous collector who maintained it as the most impressive Ferrari private collection ever collected for over 25 years.

At the end, the1964 Ferrari 275 GTB Prototipo on January 18-19, 2019, was one of the car collections to be sold at an auction held by the Gooding & Company, in Scottsdale, Arizona, United States. Interestingly, the auction catalog notes that cars will get mechanical attention before use. Regardless, this was a great opportunity to own one of the most historical Ferrari 275 GTBs is an extremely rare one. Who is the car owner now? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ENZARI | CARANDDRIVER | ITALIAONROAD ]
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