1965 Ferrari 275 GTB by Scaglietti
- Offered from the Jack Boxstrom Collection
- Total restoration of an all-original, low-mileage example
- Matching numbers with clean history
- Eligible for all the best international events
- Complete tools in original bag, owner’s manual, parts book, and leather folio
- Ferrari Classiche certified
Two new Ferraris made their debut at the 1964 Paris Salon: the 275 GTB and the GTS. The chassis were identical, with the now-typical welded steel tubular frame, fully independent suspension with unequal length A-arms front and rear, disc brakes, and tubular shock absorbers. The engines were also identical 3.3-liter V-12s of Colombo origin, but the berlinetta engine produced 280 horsepower while the spyder was rated at 260.
Both models had a five-speed transmission mounted in unit with the rear axle. The clutch and bell housing were at the engine. With the rear-mounted gearbox came independent rear suspension, making the 275 GTB the first street Ferrari to be so equipped.
The bodywork was completely different on the two cars; the spider evolved from the 330 GT 2+2 (Pininfarina-designed and built), but the berlinetta body was a completely new shape – a replacement for the Lusso with softer, more rounded curves, designed by Pininfarina but built by Scaglietti.
The 275 was intended for either touring or racing, and the customer had the option of either three Weber carburetors (with which the GTB was homologated for competition by the FIA) or six. The body could be steel and aluminum or all-aluminum. Campagnolo alloy wheels were standard, but Borrani wire wheels were an option.
The body shape remained almost unchanged throughout the model run, but minor changes were in evidence when the Series II cars were shown at Frankfurt in 1965. The headlight covers no longer had chrome rims, the vent wing was missing from the driver’s window, and a bulge appeared on the front head to cover the carburetors. At the rear, the trunk lid hinges were on the outside of the body to allow more interior space. At the Paris Show a month later, the front of the body had been lengthened and had a smaller air intake.
By the time the Series II 275 GTB was shown at the Brussels Show in January 1966, the car had new alloy wheels and the driveshaft was encased in a torque tube. Approximately 250 Series I and about 200 Series II 275 GTBs were built.
The 275 series marked the progressive change in Ferrari design philosophy from thinly disguised racers to comfortable and luxurious transportation vehicles. Because of the chassis changes – primarily the four-wheel independent suspension, the 275’s were not only faster, but more comfortable than their predecessors. The 275 series offered an extremely high-speed touring car (designed when there were no speed limits in most of Europe and the United States had not yet embraced a 55 mph limit). This gave the driver the utmost feeling of confidence. You could drive all day without arriving at your destination with the fatigue often associated with this manner of outing.
CHASSIS NUMBER 07093
The 275 GTB offered here, finished in a subtle but attractive grey metallic, Grigio Argento with Pelle Rossa interior, was delivered new by Milanese Ferrari dealer M. Gastone Crepaldi to original owner Luigi Lucchini, a resident of Brescia, Italy, on 17 April 1965. Two years later, Lucchini passed it to the second owner, Gianfranco Davite, also of Brescia. In August of 1968, it was acquired by Franco Ferretti; dealer D.A. Genghini sold it to the fourth owner, Michele Giammarusto of Milan, who returned the GTB to the dealer on 29 April 1969.
By 1970, chassis number 07093 had come to the United States as the property of Greenburg, Pennsylvania, policeman Moe T. Sherid. In January 1973, it was offered by Britalia Cars of Pittsburgh as a “silver with red interior” car with 36,000 kilometers. Luigi Chinetti Motors of Greenwich, Connecticut, subsequently marked the car to Mark Hamilton of Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1975. Hamilton would keep the 275 GTB for almost two decades, becoming its longest-term owner, but only registered a further 10,000 kilometers before selling it to Tom Barbour of Colorado. Present owner Jack Boxstrom acquired the car from Barbour in October 2004, with its mileage close to 49,000 kilometers.
Appraising the GTB as a low-mileage and very original car that had been inactive for some time, Boxstrom opted to undertake a total disassembly and full restoration. Ferrari expert and engine builder Andy Greene of Savannah, Georgia, was entrusted with this task. His subsequent inspection revealed a factory-standard, never-apart engine, and, following a bare-metal paint stripping, a mint, never-damaged body structure, photo documentation for which is on file.
Two modifications were incorporated during the restoration for ease of usability on modern driving events. A “Roelof” driveshaft kit, which eliminates the troublesome factory item, and significantly upgraded 15-inch alloy 275 GTB/C competition-style wheels, were both installed; the front wheels feature a strengthened outside spoke configuration, and all are fitted with Pirelli P7000 road tires.
In October 2005, the freshly restored 275 GTB won its first Best of Show at the Ferrari Club of America’s regional meet in Savannah, Georgia. More accolades followed during the car’s display at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in March 2006. In September 2009, having now been properly run-in, the 275 GTB successfully completed the renowned Colorado Grand road rally.
In early 2012, chassis number 07093 was issued Ferrari Classiche certification following a thorough specification inspection by official factory agent Greg Jones of Stuart, Florida. Since then, it has been maintained at Skip Barber’s facility in Sharon, Connecticut, and regularly driven and shown in local events, such as the Lime Rock Park Festival Rally and Concours in September 2015. In the summer of this year, a new clutch master cylinder was installed by RM Auto Restoration of Blenheim, Ontario, as part of their inspection, test drive, and detailing, in preparation for this sale.
The acquisition of 275 GTB number 07093, an original, matching-numbers, and fully restored example with unbroken history, all books and tools, and Ferrari Classiche certification, will surely net an astute buyer one of the finest examples currently extant.