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Revealed at the Paris Motor Show in October 1966, the Ferrari 275 GTB/4 holds a special place in the annals of Ferrari history, and not just for its remarkable levels of performance, flawless road manners, and celebrated position as one of the most beautiful Ferraris to emerge from Maranello. It also marked the end of an era, as the classic front-engine V12 Berlinettas gave way for the more aggressive 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’.
The 275 GTB/4 was the final iteration of the Ferrari 275, itself designed as the successor to the already legendary 250 series. When the Ferrari 275 GTB first appeared in 1964, it wasn’t just the car’s looks that grabbed attention. It was a Ferrari first, the marque’s first production road car to come with a five speed gearbox, and the first to place said gearbox between the rear wheels. More notable still was that the axle was no longer rigid and suspended by leaf spring; the 275 GTB had fully independent double wishbone rear suspension.
Then, in 1966, Ferrari launched the GTB/4 with the new Tipo 226 engine. This was the first production Ferrari to be fitted with the four overhead camshaft version of the Colombo V12, derived directly from the P2 prototype, which also received a variety of other upgrades straight from the 275 competition models. These included a long nose bodywork, a torque tube driveline and an engine capable of 300 bhp with a dry sump lubrication system. The basic dimensions and layout of the engine were similar to that of the two camshaft unit of the 275 GTB, but fitted with new cylinder heads that featured twin overhead camshafts per bank of cylinders, still of 3286cc capacity. The other major difference was the provision of dry sump lubrication. It was fitted with a bank of six Weber 40 carburettors, with a twin coil and rear of engine mounted distributor ignition system, to produce a claimed 300bhp.
As with the two camshaft cars, the Pininfarina designed body was constructed by Scaglietti, normally in steel with aluminium doors, bonnet, and boot lid, although a few examples received full aluminium bodies. The bodies were mounted on a 2400mm wheelbase chassis that was virtually identical to that of the two camshaft car, with minor differences in the drive train layout. The 275 GTB/4 was virtually identical visually to the “long nose” two camshaft models, and without lifting the bonnet, there was only one easy distinguishing feature. This was the profile of the bonnet, which on the 275 GTB/4 had a slim shallow central bulge running from front to rear. European market examples had circular rear light units with the upper section in orange for the turn signal and featured a central circular reflector. US market cars had a full red rear lens with a central horizontal rectangular reflector. Like its predecessor, the four camshaft model was available in right or left hand drive form. The standard wheels were alloy with a ten hole design, with the option of Borrani wire wheels throughout the production period, retained by a triple ear spinner.
New American safety regulations meant that the 275 GTB/4 model was only produced for a year and a half, during which some 280 were built. No competition versions of this model were built, although a number of clients used lightly modified road cars in various types of events, mainly for their own enjoyment rather than outright victory. The rarity, collectability and beauty of the 275 GTB/4 has made it one of the most expensive cars in the world at auction; most recently, one sold for a staggering $10 million at RM Sotheby's flagship Monterrey sale in August 2014.
This fine 1:8 scale model is of the Ferrari 275 GTB/4 as revealed at the Paris Motor Show in October in 1966. It has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of Ferrari regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of supremely accurate digital scanning of the original car has allowed us to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. Furthermore, it has undergone detailed scrutiny by both Ferrari’s engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.
The Ferrari 275 GTB/4 is limited to just 199 pieces at 1:8 scale.
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