Ferrari 275 GTB is star lot at Goodwood Festival of Speed auction

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB
The car for sale is the 43rd of only 48 right-hand-drive 275 GTBs produced by Ferrari Credit: Bonhams

A stunning 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB is expected to fetch up to £1.9 million at auction

The star lot of the annual Bonhams Festival of Speed auction on June 24 is undoubtedly a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Berlinetta with bodywork styled by Pininfarina and executed by coachbuilder Scaglietti. 

It’s a matching numbers car (engine and chassis 08647GT) and is the 43rd of only 48 right-hand-drive Ferrari 275 GTBs. It was ordered new by Maranello Concessionaires in the UK, which took delivery on January 17, 1966. It features the later long-nose bodywork and although it’s now a traditional Ferrari red the original colour scheme was Celeste Chiaro (sky blue).

Credit: Bonhams

From new, it had the factory upgrade to six twin-choke carburettors to feed the 3.3-litre V12 engine, as well as alloy wheels and leather seats. 

There are bills for an extensive restoration by Maranello Concessionaires in 1991 at a cost of £97,000, together with a bill for £37,000 for an engine rebuild in 2009.

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Following the rebuild, a dynamometer test showed that it developed 287bhp at 7,500rpm - that's an accurate figure for this type of Ferrari V12, although at the time the 275 GTB was in production the factory claimed 300bhp for the six-carb engine.

It is estimated to fetch between £1.6 million and £1.9 million - but with the way Ferrari prices are escalating, don’t bank on it selling for the lesser sum.

Credit: Bonhams

Other outstanding lots include an MGB roadster prototype with Pininfarina bodywork (estimate £35,000-£45,0000); a unique 2016 Bentley Continental V8 S Convertible with a paint scheme devised by Sir Peter Blake, which is being sold without reserve in aid of charity; a 1936 Bentley 4¼-litre Vanden Plas-style tourer (estimate £180,000-£240,000); and a 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible, a snip for all fans of Americana at £50,000-£70,000.

The Bonhams auction takes place on Friday June 24, the opening day of the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016.

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