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For Sale: 1965 Ferrari 275
in Ascot, United Kingdom

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Ex-Count Zanon di Valgiurata, original six carburettor 1965 Ferrari 275GTB/6C Berlinetta Coachwork by Pininfarina Chassis No. 07085GT Successor to the 250 Series and first seen in 1964, the Ferrari 275 embodied a number of technical innovations. While the chassis of the 275GTB berlinettas and 275GTS convertible followed Ferraris established practice, being a multi-tubular frame tied together by oval main tubes, for the first time on a road-going Ferrari there was independent rear suspension, the latter employing a double wishbone and coil-spring arrangement similar to that of the 250LM sports-racer. Also new was the rear-mounted five-speed transaxle combining the gearbox and differential the former now of the all-synchromesh type. Enlarged to 3.3 litres, the Colombo-designed 60-degree V12 engine produced 280bhp at 7,600 rpm. A higher 300bhp state of tune employing six Weber carburettors was available, and this was used for the handful of aluminium-alloy bodied 275GTB/C (Competizione) models built, though customers purchasing a 275GTB for road use could also specify aluminium coachwork and/or the six-carburettor engine. Designed by Pininfarina and manufactured by Scaglietti, the 275GTB body is a true classic of sports car design. Yet despite the 2754GTBs exquisite appearance, stylistic revisions were not long in coming: a longer nose, enlarged rear window and external boot hinges being introduced towards the end of 1965. The prototype Series 2 long nose was built on chassis number 07707GT and the last short nose on 07827GT. Approximately 250 of the latter were built. In his definitive 1984 book on the Ferrari 275, respected historian and collector Jess Pourret observed: This first series... was closer in its behaviour and its reactions to a racing car. In driving it feels more immediate, stiffer, harder, noisier, less comfortable and more demanding of its drivers attention. This stunning short nose 275GTB/6C was ordered new by well-known Italian motoring enthusiast Count Zanon di Valgiurata. Count Zanon chose Blu Scuro (dark blue) metallic paintwork (ref. 18942M) matched with grey Connolly leather upholstery (ref. 3230) and in correspondence on file at the Maranello works, Enzo Ferrari is quoted as writing to the young Count saying In view of your sporting driving style I have fitted six carburettors to your new car. Finished in March 1965, little is known of the car after Count Zanons ownership when it was exported to the USA, where it was in the hands of Ferrari collector Karl Dedolph of Wayzata, Minneapolis. On 2nd December 1980 chassis 07085GT returned to Italy, imported by Romano Bernardoni, owner of the well-established Emilianauto performance car dealership in Bologna, one of Italys biggest Lamborghini agents. On 25th February 1981 the Italian licence plate BO 873824 was issued to the car, before it was acquired the following year by noted enthusiast Pierpaolo Apicella, also of Bologna, joining a collection which included cars the calibre of Albert Obrists former 250LM. Mr Apicella was and still is a perfectionist, and after several years he commissioned a complete no expense spared restoration by the best firms in Italy: Autofficina Sauro, one of the countrys oldest Ferrari agents, renowned for their work on the Obrist Collections racing Ferraris, were entrusted with a mechanical rebuild; Egidio Brandoli, formerly of Scaglietti and best known for his work on classic Ferraris, was chosen for the body and paintwork; and finally Luppi, probably the most famous Ferrari trim shop in the world, was selected for the upholstery. Signor Apicella had admired Albert Obrists Series 1 275GTB/C in Sauros workshop and requested that his 275GTB/6C should incorporate

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