During late 1964 and early 1965, Ferrari built three 275 GTB/C Speciales, each boasting unique details from the standard 275 GTB/Cs that would follow. All were fitted with super lightweight aluminum bodywork, a Tipo 563 chassis constructed of smaller and lighter tubes, and the 213/Comp dry-sump engine topped with six Weber carburetors first seen in the 250 LM. This engine was specifically developed with big valves and cylinder heads, 9.7:1 compression ratio pistons, the well-tested Tipo 130 camshaft (10mm lift), and most of the auxiliary casings were made of magnesium. With 70 additional horsepower powering a chassis that was lighter in all respects to the standard 275 GTB road car, this was undoubtedly the most formidable weapon in Ferrari’s competition arsenal.
Completed in April 1965, chassis 06701, present here, was the first of the three 275 GTB/C Speciales built. It was uniquely hand-built in all respects, as were the two cars that followed. As per the build sheet, the car was originally fitted with a 250 LM type exhaust with side pipes. Its rear fender shared a very similar profile with the ’64 250 GTOs, as did its front end, which also bore some resemblance to that of a 330 LMB. For added ventilation to the brakes, two oval slots were cut in the nose and another three vents behind the rear wheels. Additionally, the car features an outside aluminum fuel filler cap, specific to the 140-liter fuel tank, to allow for faster fueling during pit stops and a stunningly sculpted air intake on the hood. Inside, a pair of GTO-style aluminum bucket seats holds both driver and passenger firmly in position.
This very special Ferrari is scheduled to be auctioned off at the historic Monterey auction on August 16. Click here for more information.