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1965 Ferrari 275 GTB For Sale by Auction

For sale in our forthcoming auction in Paris, on 17 June 2019: French title Chassis n° 7555 Engine n° 7555 - Certified by Ferrari Classiche - Delivered new to Paris by Franco Britannic - Fully restored by Autofficina Carlo Bonini, exceptional condition - From the Jean-Pierre Slavic collection By 1960, the die had been cast. Formula 1 had demonstrated that in competition, the mid-engine format was the most effective way to handle large amounts of power. After much hesitation, Enzo Ferrari came on board, first with his single-seaters, and then in 1961, with his sports-prototypes. There was no question of doing the same with the road cars, however. In the GT competition category, the sublime GTO, descended from the wonderful Columbo-engined 250 had performances that defied its age and traditional chassis. And then, there was the Jaguar E-Type... Finally in 1964, Maranello's new road-going saloon, the 275 GTB, with its convertible version, the GTS, was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. Underneath a stunning golden-yellow livery, the car displayed innovations such as lightweight alloy wheels, four-wheel independent suspension and a five-speed synchromesh gearbox. The engine was still the Columbo V12 set at 60 degrees. A 3.3-litre engine, developed from information gathered while racing the rear-engined 250 LM and 275 P. Fed by three twin-bodied Weber carburettors, it safely produced 280 bhp at 7,600 rpm, while remaining versatile enough for road use. Transfer of the gearbox onto the rear axle improved the weight distribution and made more efficient use of the engine. The independent suspension improved stability and gave the car more grip. With precise, high ratio steering, the 275 GTB was a driver's car that demanded concentration and anticipation (it could reach speeds of more than 240 km/h), while responding to the slightest touch. A strict 2-seater coupé on a 2.40m wheelbase, in colours enhancing its aesthetic qualities. The car had flowing, muscular styling, tighter than on the previous 250 GT, with a sloping nose, covered headlights, high waistline and low roof with blind rear quarter panels. Much of the styling was inspired by the GTO, the engineers' car. The 275 GTB, built by Carrozzeria Scaglietti, was the last Pininfarina creation supervised by Pinin himself. If it appeared rather austere in its day, its classical, elegant styling and dynamic handling quickly silenced the critics, in particular the experienced gentleman drivers, who used it successfully in competition, often with little preparation. This Ferrari 275 #7555 is exceptional for several reasons: - History : the car was delivered new in France and remained registered there until acquired by the current owner. It also belonged to Paul Bouvert, head of the Design department of Peugeot. - Provenance : it comes from the Jean-Pierre Slavic Collection, comprising a number of important Ferraris on display in his private underground museum - Condition: Jean-Pierre Slavic appointed Autofficina Carlo Bonini near Modena to carry out a full restoration of his 275, including all mechanical elements, the bodywork and interior. - Authenticity : the car has Ferrari Classiche certification confirming that the numbers are original and correspond to when it left the factory. This car, #7555, left the Maranello factory in July 1965, and was delivered to the French importer, Franco-Britannic, in Levallois-Perret. On 16 August 1965 it sold to its first owner, Robert Cuny, a gentleman from Vosges who had made his fortune in paper manufacture. For the anecdote, Cuny had spent the 1950s driving around in a Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing, registered 1 BQ 88, that he bought from the importer Delecroix in May 1955. He kept the 275 until January 1968 when he traded it in for a new new 365 GT 2+2. Franco Britannic then sold the 275 on 8 February 1968 to its second owner, none other than automotive artist and designer Paul Bouvot, famous for owning some of the most stunning Italian cars of the 1960s and 70s. At the time, he was head of the design department at Peugeot, and regularly visited Pininfarina, who had a huge influence on his work. In 1966 Bouvot sold the Ferrari 250 California Spider SWB #2935GT that he had bought from Alain Delon in 1965. This was the car that Roger Baillon acquired a few years later, and that Artcurial Motorcars sold in 2015 for what is still a record price of 16,4M€ ! He also owned a second California SWB, the ex-Roger Vadim car #2175GT, between 1966 and February 1968. This was the car he gave to Franco Britannic in order to buy the stunning Ferrari 275 #7555. The original document, signed by the head of used car sales at Franco Britannic, Jess Pourret, will be passed on to the new owner. Bouvot kept the 275 for a year before selling it on 2 April 1969 to Jean Plisson, who owned it until 1972. Plisson experienced one or two mechanical problems that he had sorted in the workshop at Franco Brittanic. There are copies of invoices and notes on the repairs included in the file with the car. The fourth owner, Raymond Goiffon, kept the 275 until 1984, and spent a large sum having it maintained by the former Franco mechanic, François Berson. The car then spent six months in the hands of a Corsican enthusiast before being acquired by the great Ferrari enthusiast, François Lacarelle. A full compliment of six carburettors was fitted in place of the original three, which were conserved. The next owner, between September 1987 and September 1992, was Pascal Motte, a Ferrari Club member who was a regular participant in club events. He sold it to another marque enthusiast and early collector, Jean Becquet, who was based in the north of France. Becquet, in turn, sold the car to Jean Guikas, who kept it for three years. Continuing its French life, and at this time painted yellow, the 275 took part in the Ferrari Challenge. In 2003, in the hands of the Belgian collector Jean Biekens, the car benefitted from restoration work carried out in renowned workshop Sauro in Bologna, before returning to France in 2008, acquired by Noël Dewavrin. It was in 2013 that Jean-Pierre Slavic bought the 275. He sent it directly to the Autofficina Carlo Bonini for a thorough, no-expense-spared restoration. The car was dismantled and thoroughly restored, both mechanically and cosmetically. The interior was fitted with seats in grey leather and velours, and the body was repainted its original colour, Grigio Argento. This stunning example is presented today in its original livery, completely restored, certified by Ferrari Classiche, with a file of invoices (copies), period photographs and its FIA passport from the 1990s. A true connoisseur of the marque, Jean-Pierre Slavic has restored all the splendour to this wonderful Ferrari, one of the most iconic models of the Cavallino Rampante. Auction estimate: €2 000 000 / 2 200 000 To see all the pictures available: https://www.artcurial.com/fr/vente-3946-automobiles-en-scene
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