“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 driver’s attention.” Ferrari 275 by Jess Pourret, 1984.
This beautiful 275GTB/6C ‘short nose’ berlinetta- the bodystyle referred to above by Jess Pourret as the first series- was ordered new by Italian motoring enthusiast (and former ASI president) Count Vanon di Valgiurata. Count Zanon chose Blu Scuro (dark blue) metallic paintwork matched with grey Connolly leather upholstery 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’s history after Count Zanon’s 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 and the following year was acquired by noted Bolognese enthusiast Pierpaolo Apicella, joining a collection which included cars the calibre of Albert Obrist’s former Ferrari 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 country’s oldest Ferrari agents, renowned for their work on the Obrist Collection’s 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 Obrist’s ‘Series 1’ 275GTB/C in Sauro’s workshop and requested that his 275GTB/6C should incorporate similar body details, especially considering that mechanically the cars had originally been built to similar specification (with six carburettors and wet sump lubrication). Brandoli therefore added 250LM style faired-in driving lights, ‘GTO’ type air vents in the rear wheel arches and an outside, quick release fuel filler. A triangular power bulge was also added to the bonnet, borrowed from the prototype 275GTB/C (see illustration in ‘The Road Cars’ by Prunet, p.304). A period combination of Bianco Polo was chosen for the paintwork with mid-blue leather trim.
After completion of this meticulous rebuild in 1991 Signor Apicella barely used his 275GTB/6C, in common with most of his cars, and ten years later he sold his collection. A private enthusiast with some five cars (Mercedes-Benz 300SL, Ferrari Daytona etc), Signor Giorgio Valentini of Milan purchased the 275GTB/6C and again barely drove it until his death on 2003. In July of that year his widow sold chassis ‘07085GT’ to the last owner, a young Italian enthusiast, in whose hands it was maintained by Toni Auto in Maranello (January 2004, €4,000; March 2004, €579); Gianni Torelli in Reggio Emilia (June 2004, €1,900; March 2005, €2,833); and UK specialists GTO Engineering, who prepared the car for the Shell Ferrari Historic Challenge (April 2006, £15,106). The latter work included rebuilding the brake system, overhauling the shock absorbers, fitting a roll bar, race belts, a leather covered steering wheel, four new Dunlop tyres and four new Borrani 15” wheels; plus obtaining FIA homologation and finally a rolling road set-up and various minor details.
The Ferrari has matching numbers and was sold from the last Italian owner to the present British collector via Kidston SA in 2007. Further mechanical work has been carried out by Steve Hart in the UK (bills available), where the car is now registered. This 275GTB/6C might complete an extensive Ferrari collection but would equally suit an enthusiast who wanted one representative and usable example of the Maranello marque to enjoy.